there were beauty pageant for mega-yachts
would win it. Pelorus
(right) is such a pretty yacht that even before the yacht was completed in 2003, the commissioning owner
received no fewer than five offers to sell her.
Much of the credit for Pelorus
' beauty goes to Tim Heywood Design of
Rutland, United Kingdom and Terence Disdale Design of Surrey, also of the United Kingdom,
who designed the yacht
's exterior and the interior, respectively.
The bidding war for Pelorus
was eventually won by Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and the owner of
the megayachts Eclipse
. In 2005 and then again in 2007, Abramovich had
Germany's Blohm & Voss, the original builder of Pelorus
, refit the yacht
with additional functional, protective and esthetic features,
including four new zero-speed stabilizers, as well as a second helipad so that his own helicopter
doesn't need to be moved whenever guests arrive in theirs.
rus is 377 feet (115 meters) in length (328 feet or 100 meters
at water line), weighs over 5,000 tons, carries over a quarter million liters of
diesel, and has two 5,000 horse power Wartsila 12v26 diesel engines that
give it a maximum speed of 19 knots. It can accommodate up to eighteen
guests who are served by a crew of forty-six, who live aboard the ship year-round.
The name, Pelor
us, by the way, comes from the Greek word, "pelorios," which means
"vast." The fact that today, this vast
ship that is longer than a football field only ranks as the 20th largest megayacht in
the world attests to the acceleration of the ego fest that is leading to
bigger and bigger yachts faster and faster.
So back to our original question: how much do yachts like the
rus cost and how
much should you spend on a yac
ht of your own?
The answer ultimately depends on your perspectives about your wealth and the
source of it. Please click here
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