heads up: Eclipse enters Palm Beach Inlet

Michael Rafferty, IYC broker, wrote: “This 533-foot yacht came in the Palm Beach inlet today at 1220 hours. It is owned by Roman Abramovich. It is the second largest yacht in the world and largest to ever come to Palm Beach.”


According to SuperYachtFan:  “Eclipse is known as ‘the USD 1.5 billion yacht,’ although her real cost price was considerably less. Her original contract price was around EUR 400 million, or USD 500 million. Superyacht Eclipse was the largest yacht in the world, but this title is now reserved for superyacht Azzam.”

Exteriors and interiors were designed by Terence Disdale. Eclipse can sleep 36 guests in 18 rooms that include a master suite and 17 VIP staterooms. It  can accommodate a crew of 70.

YachtCharterFleet says it can be chartered and lists amenities: conference room, movie theater, children’s playroom, gym, Jacuzzi, elevator, swimming pool, dance floor, tender garage, swim platform, helicopter hanger, underwater lights, spa, sauna, helicopter landing pad, and beauty salon.

Other facts, according to SuperYachtFan: Gossip has it that Eclipse has an anti paparazzi system that employs a laser that can detect and target a digital camera’s electronic light sensor. It then emits a beam that  overexposes the photo.  Built in secrecy, Eclipse was delivered by Blohm and Voss in 2010.  Early 2013, Eclipse arrived in New York and docked in Manhattan.  Early 2015, Eclipse was seen in a drydock at the Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg for a refit.

Roman Abramovich is the 12th richest Russian with an estimated net worth of $9.1 billion (May 2017). In 1988 he and his wife set up a company making dolls. Within a few years he also started investing in other businesses. From 1992 to 1995, Abramovich founded five companies that conducted resale, produced consumer goods, and acted as intermediaries, specializing in the trading of oil and oil products. Abramovich set up and liquidated at least 20 companies during the early 1990s, in sectors as diverse as tire re treading and bodyguard recruitment. In 1995, Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky, an associate of Boris Yeltsin, acquired the controlling interest in the large oil company, Sibneft. Abramovich sold his stake in Russian Aluminum to billionaire Oleg Deripaska and his stake in Sibneft to Gazprom for $13 billion in 2005. Abramovich owns the U.K.’s Chelsea soccer team, which he acquired in 2003. Abramovich owns a private jet Boeing 767, and he owns a Gulfstream G650. Roman Abramovich also owns the gas turbine powered yacht Sussurro.

He was married to Dasha Zhukova, whose father is oligarch Alexander Zhukov; they separated in August 2017.