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Copyright: monacoeye. Do not copy. Monaco, Sep 2011.

Yacht name: Palladium
Project name: Project Orca
Length: 315 ft • 96 m
Year: 2010
Builder: Blohm & Voss • # 971
Naval architect: Blohm & Voss
Design: Michael Leach

Palladium visited Monaco for the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show. Most interesting exterior design, IMHO. Read More...


Copyright: NT/monacoeye • 2010 • Croatia • Do not copy without permission.

Yacht name: Nahlin
Formerly: Nahlin -> Luceafarul -> Libertatea
Length: 300 ft • 91 m
Year: 1930
Builder: John Brown
Architect: GL Watson
Restoration: Blohm & Voss

James Dyson’s beautifully restored 1930’s yacht, Nahlin, was spotted on the River Dart in Devon this summer and last week was cruising in the warm waters of the Croatian Adriatic.

Nahlin started life commissioned by Lady Yule, built by John Brown in Clydeside, and was later chartered by Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in 1936 for a cruise to the Adriatic and Istanbul.

There, she caught the eye of King Carol II of Romania, who went to buy her, renaming her Luceafurul. After the outbreak of war, she languished in Romania, and was finally converted into a restaurant.

She was bought by Edmiston and William Collier, who had her fully restored in the UK and Germany, with the help of the plans from the original design house GL Watson. 450 tons of asbestos were removed and the steam engines, I understand, were replaced with diesel electric engines.

Nahlin is now reportedly owned by the vacuum cleaner designer, James Dyson. Larger photos to follow…


Astarte II

Astarte II
Copyright: Aeolos/monacoeye • 2010 • Athens • Do not copy without permission.

Yacht name: Astarte II
Formerly: Katalina
Length: 214 ft • 65 m
Year: 1987
Builder: Blohm & Voss • # 224
Exterior: Ross Industrie
Interior: Michael Inchbald, Jacqueline Thwaites

Nice pics of Astarte II down in Greece.


Eclipse yacht
Photos copyright: KG/HLW/NH/monacoeye • Hamburg 2009-2010 • Do not copy without permission

Name: Eclipse
Length: 533 - 557 ft • 162 - 170 m ?
Year: 2009
Builder: Blohm & Voss • # 978
Design: Terence Disdale
Volume: 13000 GT?
Owner: Roman Abramovich

Exclusive Photos: Klaus Gaeth • Hamburg • June 2009 - July 2010
Exclusive Photos: HLW • Hamburg • September 2009
Exclusive Photos: Niels Hartmann • Hamburg • 20 June 2009

10 July 2010: Eclipse looks like she may be complete, from these latest photos of her leaving the port of Hamburg, sent in by Klaus a couple of days ago. Her tender has been fitted, angled funnels also fitted, and the mast section has been painted dark grey.

Notice she uses the same lifeboat-tender as Luna.

17 April 2010: A new excellent set of photos from Klaus taken yesterday in Hamburg (larger photos). Eclipse has reappeared with owner Roman Abramovich on board (you might just be able to make him out, grinning in this photo) and left Hamburg. Eclipse is reportedly due to arrive in Kristiansand in Norway any time now, for further sea trials.

The Times reported in November 2009 that Mr Abramovich was frustrated at Eclipse unlikely to be ready for the world cup in South Africa in two months’ time.

There are appears to be quite a lot of finishing work still to do on the boat, judging by the taped handrails and open lighting panels.

Eclipse eclipses Eclipse !

In the last two photos you will see another ship named Eclipse, behind the yacht Eclipse. That’s the new 122,000-tonne, 1040-foot cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse which has also just been launched and is due to set off on her maiden voyage!

September 2009: Great new photos from Klaus and HLW, showing Eclipse heading off on sea-trials. The name plate is now fitted, the hull is now white, funnels and sat masts have been fitted, work is progressing to the doors etc.

22 June 2009: In these superb new photos from Niels Hartmann, the scaffolding is back on Eclipse and much finishing work still needs to be done. It will be several months before delivery, with early 2010 touted as a likely hand-over date.

The bulbous bow currently doubles up as a duck slide for a sizeable group of mallards.

13 June 2009: Eclipse, the world's largest yacht, was launched yesterday 12 June 2009!

Here is an excellent set of photos from Klaus. She's out of the shed in Hamburg and looks … big.

Greenline Yacht Interiors, who fitted out "A" and are working on 141m MY Swift, are currently working on the interior for Eclipse.

At a reported 13,000 GT she is more than twice the volume of Sigma, but a little smaller in volume than Al Said. The project cost for Eclipse is reportedly about €340 million.

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Golden Odyssey

Golden Odyssey

Yacht name: Golden Odyssey
Length: 263 ft • 80 m
Year: 1990
Builder: Blohm & Voss • # 957
Exterior: Platou Architects
Interior: Alberto Pinto

Photo: monacoeye • St Jean • September 2009

Golden Odyssey

USCG Eagle

US Coast Guard Eagle tall ship
USCG Eagle
Eagle WIX-327

Ship name: USCG Eagle (WIX-327)
Formerly: Horst Wessel
Length (LOA): 295 ft • 90 m
Year: 1936
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Type: United States Coast Guard Training Cutter for Officer Cadets • 3 masted barque
Class: Gorch Fock
Sisterships: Gorch Fock (I) • Sagres III • Mircea • Gorch Fock (II - 1958)

Photo: NT • Monaco • May 2009

This old tall ship looked magnificent as she cruised towards Port Hercule. Eagle was originally commissioned as a training ship for the Reichsmarine by none other than Adolf Hitler himself, but taken over by the US at the end of the war. Unfortunately she needed a little help from the Monaco tugs to continue on her way.

She is only one of two commissioned sailing ships in active service for the US government, the other being the USS Constitution. She is now used as a training ship for US Coast Guard officer cadets.


Dubai from Platinum Yachts
Dubai yacht
Dubai - the largest yacht in the world
Dubai yacht Sheikh Maktoum
Dubai Platinum Project

Yacht name: Dubai
Project name: Project Platinum • Golden Star
Length: 531 ft • 162 m
Year: 2006
Builder: Platinum Yachts - Hull: Blohm & Voss
Stylist: Andrew Winch
Engines: 4 x 9625 hp
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum • Crown Prince of Dubai

1. Angela Culveyhouse • Jebel Ali • Dubai • March 2007
2. KT • Port Rashid • Dubai • 6 January 2008
Stelios Dritsas • Jebel Ali • Dubai • October 2006
4. 5.
David Nichols • Jebel Ali • Dubai • March 2006
(+ top photo courtesy of Platinum Yachts)

Two new views of Sheikh Mo's yacht Dubai, still the largest yacht in the world. 1 & 2.

Angela has sent in a very nice set of Dubai aerial shots, taken over Jebel Ali, in a helicopter leaving the Burj Al-Arab. Great photos !

A 40m catamaran under construction is visible behind, with a 114m yacht in the shed, and another smaller vessel behind that.

KT reports that an artificial island, where the yacht will be moored, has been built 20 miles from Dubai and is nearing completion.

Dubai was delivered to its owners in 2006.

Mayan Queen

Mayan Queen visits Falmouth

Yacht name: Mayan Queen
Formerly known as Project Safari
Length: 305 ft • 93 m
Year: 2008
Builder: Blohm & Voss • # 969
Design: Tim Heywood
Gross Tonnage: 4200 GT

Photos: Victoria Carlisle & Robert Theobald • Dartmouth, UK • December 2008
Photos: Klaus Gaeth • Hamburg • 17 June 2008

December 2008: Mayan Queen elicited great interest in the local press when she visited Stavanger, Norway last week. This week she's been turning heads in Lyme Bay and Dartmouth in Devon. Thanks to Vickii & Robert for sending in photos.

June 2008: Klaus has just sent a superb set of new photos of Mayan Queen in Hamburg … March 2008: This yacht is due to be delivered in the next couple of months. Boat International reports that Mexican business man Alberto Baillères is upgrading from the Feadship Mayan Queen (renamed Marion Queen). Read More...


Andrey Melnichenko's new yacht A in Palma de Mallorca
Andrei Melnichenko's yacht

Yacht name: A
Formerly: Project Sigma • SF99
Length: 390 ft • 119 m
Year: 2008
Builder: Blohm & Voss • HDW • # 970
Architect: Martin Francis
Design: Philippe Starck

Photo Thomas • Valletta Grand Harbour, Malta • October 2008
Photo monacoeye • Beaulieu • September 2008
Photo Gerhard Merz • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo Andreu • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo Klaus Gaeth • near Kiel • 11 March 2008
Photo Armin Tank • Kiel • 10 March 2008
Photo Jörg Brekeller • Kiel • 20 February 2008
Photo Boschuda • Kiel • Dec 2007 - Jan 2008

Oct 2008: A nice shot of A in Malta from Thomas and an earlier one from when she visited Monaco. July 2008: A has arrived in Palma de Mallorca, more excellent Nokia N95 shots ! June 2008: The Final name of the yacht formerly known as Sigma and SF99 is the unGoogleable "A". A's owner is Andrei Melnichenko, (see comments below, January 2008)

First Sea Trials: Excellent photos from Klaus Gaeth in Kiel of SF99's first sea trials. And if you're wondering what makes Philippe Starck tick, here he is on the big design questions - life, the universe, and toilet brushes ….

March 2008: New photos from Boschuda ! Another veil is lifted from SF99 as the plastic protective covering is peeled from the windows on the lower deck and the scaffolding is removed from around the funnels, masts and Sea-Tel domes. The anchor enclosure also seems to have a new cover. Hydraulic hatches can be seen at the back. The name SF99 is clearly written on the stern - visible in Armin's shot from yesterday evening - possibly a temporary name…

February 2008: More new photos, taken by Armin, showing off the razor sharp bowGreat new photos of Project Sigma - taken by Jörg - of the extraordinary new Philippe Starck designed megayacht from ThyssenKrupp, conceived in 2003.

Once again, Philippe Starck has made a radical departure, literally turning yacht design on its head, with a superstructure reminiscent of an upturned keel. He has also borrowed heavily from modern warship lines. Like it or loathe it, this will most certainly be the yacht of 2008.

Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal has already dubbed this the ugliest yacht in the world ! Although many of his readers appear to disagree…

Pantsbloke's (!) comment below that the owner is Andrei Melnichenko has now been confirmed.

At 118 m, Sigma is the world's 9th largest yacht - 3rd largest if you don't count state-owned yachts and charter cruisers. Though she will drop a place when the yet unseen Project May from Peterswerft is launched later this year.

Design plans on Philippe Starck website here (under vehicles).


Name: M147
Length: 482 ft • 147 m
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Design: Atabeyki
The design plan for this concept is often confused with Eclipse, and used as an illustration. As far as I can see, they are completely separate projects.
Status: According to some reports M147 is under construction …

Here's a good article by Diane Byrne on M147
And more details on Atabeyki's site.

Lady Moura runs aground in Cannes

Lady Moura runs aground Cannes

Breaking news: It is being reported that Lady Moura has run aground off the Port Pierre Canto in Cannes. The incident appears to have happened Saturday afternoon. According to a post on yachtspotter, she sent out a distress message on VHF saying she had run aground off Port Canto. She was listing 5 degrees and leaking fuel. She was then pulled off the 4.5m sea floor by a tug after the orange floating containment barrier, visible in the photo above, was placed around her. Guests and luggage were off-loaded.

By coincidence I happened to be in Cannes this [Sunday] morning, unaware of the accident. In the above photo taken at about 10 am (which happened to be in the background of another shot) she seems to be still listing, and the anti-pollution barrier was in place.

The area around Cannes during this period is extremely busy. Typically there will be 30 odd megayachts moored in the bay, with another 50-100 yachts over 30 m in length moored in the two ports at either end. Added to this are countless smalled craft, speedboats and tourist barges. There is a lot of movement with even the very large yachts such as Lady Moura moving around during the course of the day.

Update: The fuel was mopped up very quickly and Lady Moura is now safely in Spain for repairs.

Photo: monacoeye • 20 May 2007 • Cannes Film Festival

News source: PMY forum and yachtspotter

Lady Moura

Lady Moura

Yacht name: Lady Moura
Length: 344 ft • 106 m
Year: 1990
Owner: Nasser al-Rashid
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Photo date: 6 May 2006

A few more photos of Lady Moura from 2006 …



Yacht name: Savarona
Length: 408 ft • 124 m
Year: 1931
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Architect: Cox & Stevens
Owner: Kahraman Sadikoglu

Photo: 16 August 2006 • 25 May 2006 • Monaco • monacoeye



Yacht name: Enigma
Formerly: Katana • Eco
Length: 244 ft • 74 m
Year: 1991
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Owner: Aidan Barclay
Engines: 2 x 5000 hp Deutz MWM &
1 x 18500 hp gas turbine
Speed: 37 knots +