Roman Abramovich’s superyacht Eclipse spotted off of Greenock, Scotland
by Risa Merl
Roman Abramovich’s superyacht Eclipse has been spotted off Greenock, Scotland. It’s unclear whether Eclipse’s owner is on his luxury yacht in Scotland, but the 162.5 metre yacht has been turning heads nonetheless.
The second largest yacht in the world, Roman Abramovich's Eclipse has been making quite a stir as Scotland is a more unusual superyacht charter destination, especially this time of year when many iconic yachts are seen in the Mediterranean.
Roman Abramovich’s superyacht Eclipse spent this spring at a shipyard in Barcelona. She left the Med, sailing via Bergen, Norway, and around the UK to the northern waters of Scotland. She might just be making a scenic stop and enjoying cruising Scotland’s craggy coast by luxury yacht before heading back south.
Eclipse was named Motor Yacht of the Decade during the World Superyacht Awards 2015. Roman Abramovich’s superyacht Eclipse held the title of world’s largest private yacht for an impressive three-year stint from her launch in 2010 until 2013, when new largest yacht in the world 180 metre Azzam stole the crown.
When Eclipse left the Blohm+Voss yard in Germany, however, it was her ownership as much as her gargantuan proportions that drew headlines. Roman Abramovich stands at the vanguard of a wave of Russian owners who have made such a mark on the superyacht industry that they have redefined its boundaries. Their boldness and ability to spend vast sums have not only pushed size, but also design, to exciting new levels.
It's no wonder that Roman Abramovich's Eclipse being seen in Scotland is making waves, as she's the only yacht of her kind and of such ownership in sight.
Eclipse is notable for plenty apart from her size. Yacht designer Terence Disdale’s graceful lines flatter her bulk with rulebook-writing aplomb and she’s chock-full of custom features, including a 16 metre swimming pool that can be converted into a dance floor.
Her interior – also by Terence Disdale – boasts hundreds of bespoke finishes exclusively developed for the project. Some of the statistics she carries are undeniably impressive: a 56 metre-long owner’s deck; pads for two helicopters plus a hangar for a third under the foredeck; accommodation for 92 crew and staff; 18 suites for 36 guests.
Many details of her specifications and design are shrouded in mystery, but as the only media organisation to have featured Eclipse in full, Boat International can attest that this is one truly extraordinary yacht, as the locals are getting to see while superyacht Eclipse makes a cameo in Scotland.
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