Come December 2009, which is in less than three months away, the world will witness the largest and the most expensive private yacht named “private gigayacht the Eclipse”.
It’s owned by none other than Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club and one of the wealthiest self-made billionaires. The unprecedented yacht is built at the cost of a whopping US$ 1.2 billion.
It has missile defence and intruder detection systems. The most fascinating part of the security system is its private system that can detect the digital cameras of ever-intruding paparazzi and blind them with laser bursts thereby ruining the photos clicked by the spy cameras.
The Eclipse is 560 ft (170m) long. It has two helipads, 11 guest cabins, two swimming pools, an aquarium and a mini-submarine, which can dive up to 50 meters below the ocean surface. One of the swimming pools can be completely drained and converted into a dance floor (How cool is that now)?
The master bedroom is armour plated and fitted with bullet-proof glass, as is the bridge. Its missile detection systems will warn the crew in case of any incoming rockets or if there are pirates trying to attack the yacht.
The sophisticated security systems will definitely put the Somali pirates to some deep thinking. Looks like Abramovich’s gargantuan yacht will prove too strong to be attacked.
To maintain this enormous yacht, Abramovich may need as many as 70 crew members.