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The 371-foot long Le Grand Bleu , one of the largest private yachts in the world, arrived in Newport on Tuesday, July 11th.

Le Grand Bleu was built for US telecommunications baron John McCaw and has been owned by Eugene Shvidler, a Russian-American oil businessman, since June 2006.  She was built at the Bremer Vulkan yard in Bremen, Germany, and was launched in 2000.

Shvilder owns the Château Thénac vineyard in France, a $37 million home in Belgravia in London, a $14.5 million home in Aspen and has a network of $1.3 billion.

The yacht has a crew of 65 and carries a veritable arsenal of tenders and water toys, both on her aft decks and in her extensive below-deck garage, where there is a large aquarium. Her watercraft includes a 73-foot Dubois-designed sailing yacht, Bellatrix; a 68-foot meter Sunseeker motor yacht; two 11 36-foot, 60-knot Buzzi sports boats; and a landing craft to carry a 4×4 Land Rover used for excursions ashore and a helicopter.

The boat is currently at anchor in Narragansett Bay, just off of Goat Island in front of Belle Mer.  It is unknown how long she will be spending in Newport.

Le Grand Bleu is the 24th largest private yacht in the world, according to Wikipedia .

The largest private yacht in the world? That would be Azzam at 591 feet, a yacht that is no stranger to Newport.

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Go-Anywhere Luxury Yachts Bull Out to Sea

By Penelope Green

  • July 22, 2001

IF you stand on the bridge of Dream, a 184-foot yacht capable of circumnavigating the globe on a single tank of fuel, the deck 20-odd-feet below looks like that of some gutsy supply boat, all chunky with steel and gritty gray nonskid paint. You might feel like a tanker captain on the bridge, with its Global Positioning System equipment and its four engine-room video monitors. Dream has smokestacks like a real ship and two cranes, similar to those on a small freighter. The original owner used the cranes to offload two tenders, a 36-foot fishing boat and a submarine.

Dream is an expedition yacht, a private boat with hulls and superstructures like those on a commercial ship but with the luxuries of a pleasure boat. (Dream carries a grand piano and a hot tub.)

Think of expedition yachts as S.U.V.'s of the sea. Their owners would rather dodge ice floes in the Arctic or anchor alongside freighters in Dakar than bob alongside the pristine white boats that are rich men's fixtures in resort harbors.

''The appeal is the nonstop self-sufficiency of these vessels,'' said Ben Snead, an owner of Expedition Yachts International, which is selling Dream for $18.9 million. ''The guys who want these boats aren't white-boat kind of guys. They want to take their family and their friends to places where there aren't any charts and there aren't any people. They want to get there quickly, and they don't want to have to worry about anything breaking or keeping up a perfect paint job.''

Dream was built by Halter Marine of Louisiana three years ago for a North Carolina real-estate developer who used to own a conventional yacht and wanted to take his family on a voyage to Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Dream's lines were modeled on those of the freighters he would see while anchored at Hurricane Hole in Nassau, the Bahamas. ''There were always those freighters that sit over there, rust buckets pretty much, but they have pretty lines to them,'' he said, asking that his name not be used. ''It may have been all the red wine we were drinking, but they started to look pretty good to my wife and I.''

They are looking good to lots of other members of the superrich these days.

On a list of 100 of the world's largest yachts published last year by Power and Motor Yacht magazine, 15 are expedition yachts. Some are new, modeled after commercial ships -- reinforced steel hulls, the superstructure set way back -- while others are conversions of tug boats, fishing trawlers and even icebreakers. The biggest, at 355 feet, is Le Grand Bleu, owned by John McCaw, the co-founder of McCaw Cellular. It looks like a research vessel or work boat and is said to have its own dry-cleaning plant. One of its tenders is a 73-foot sailboat with its own captain and crew.

Another expeditionary yacht, Turmoil, is owned by Gary C. Comer, the founder of Lands' End. James Robie Gilbert, the editor in chief of Showboats International magazine, said he first heard the term expedition yacht about Turmoil, which was built in 1996. ''Turmoil was a pivotal boat -- a poop-deck, expeditionary-style boat with the lines of a commercial ship,'' Mr. Gilbert said. This month Turmoil, and Mr. Comer, are cruising in the Arctic.

The number of huge private vessels, often called megayachts, boomed along with the 1990's bull market. In the mid-80's, there were several hundred yachts over 80 feet. Six years ago, there were more than 2,000. And by last year, there were more than 5,000, said Diane Byrne, executive editor of Power and Motor Yacht magazine. They are of all types -- gleaming white motor yachts, high-tech sailboats, classic wooden boats.

''Whereas in the past buyers would put off acquiring a big boat until they retired,'' Ms. Byrne said, ''in the 90's that all changed. Since boat buyers were like many Americans in that they placed a bigger emphasis on their leisure time, they decided they wanted to enjoy the luxury boating lifestyle now, not years down the road.''

Their sheer numbers mean that the marinas of the world are just that much more crowded and the views that much more ordinary. ''A lot of guys have worked too hard all their lives to spend time yoked in with 50 other gin palaces in a marina in St.-Tropez,'' said Charles Dana, commodore of the New York Yacht Club. ''They want to go where no one has ever gone, in a tough boat that can take it.''

Mr. Dana is the controlling owner of American Shipyard in Newport, a once-struggling commercial yard that has been brought back to life to service megayachts, including expeditionary ones.

''One of the reasons we bought this yard was the sheer number of megayachts,'' said David Ray, another principal at American Shipyard. ''What an opportunity!''

Last Monday at the shipyard, there were four shiny white boats in distress, all involved in weekend mishaps, Mr. Dana explained. They were lined up nose to delicate nose, waiting for a turn on the yard's 330-ton travel lift. The oddball in the yard was a swarthy, sturdy 110-foot tug, stripped of its wheelhouse. Its owner is Jeff Taylor, chief executive of, the online career service, who brought it to American for conversion into a yacht. Mr. Taylor plans to use the boat for private cruising and as an educational vessel for the Junior Achievement organization in Boston.

''I have an interest in boats,'' Mr. Taylor said, ''but I didn't want a new yacht. I think that's a spoiled-brat thing. I like things that are interesting; I like things that make people smile. I've since found out that a lot of people like tugs.''

''Like Buffet,'' he added, meaning Warren Buffet. ''He's got a tug.''

Marilyn Mower, executive editor of Showboats International, said that some owners ''are interested in these boats for security reasons -- they want to travel to obscure third world areas and they don't want to attract the attention that a gleaming white yacht would.''

''And in a lot of the parts of the world that these people want to explore,'' she continued, ''there aren't such things as recreational marinas with all the attendant services. Increasingly they're tying up in commercial ports next to tankers, and so a boat like this makes a lot more sense.''

Stephen Seaton, a naval architect based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been designing trawlers-as-yachts for 32 years. He built them first at just over 40 feet. By 1975, they had grown to about 65 feet, where they hovered until the mid-1990's. Now he is building boats of 120 to 220 feet.

''I'm building one right now for a family up in the Northeast, to take them around the world,'' he said. ''It will carry a 25-foot fishing boat. The kids are into scuba diving, so there's room for their gear and a lab they can play around in.''

Not all expedition yachts are put through the paces they are capable of. Like S.U.V.'s that never leave the paved roads, some expeditionary yachts are coveted more for their image.

''Expedition yacht is kind of a marketing term,'' said Bill Langan, a naval architect who assisted the late William E. Simon, the former Treasury secretary and Wall Street investor, in strengthening the hull of a North Sea salvage tug called Itasca that had been converted into a yacht.

''It used to refer to a mother ship built to carry other vessels,'' Mr. Langan continued. ''Now it's like the S.U.V. concept, more about style than function. People have seen boats like Itasca and they think those are pretty nice-looking boats, in a work boat sort of way.''

In 1994, Itasca completed the Northwest Passage, the 3,000-mile sea route above the Arctic Circle across the top of Canada. ''My head was spinning the whole time,'' recalled John Bockstoce, an Arctic historian and author whom Simon invited on the voyage. Mr. Bockstoce had made two previous trips through the Northwest Passage: first in an umiak or open Eskimo boat made of walrus skin, a voyage completed over eight summers; and later in a heavy steel motor sailer, Belvedere, a passage that took six summers, broken into segments.

When he made the voyage through the ice floes, one of the world's most dangerous sea routes, on Itasca, it took but three weeks.

''We flew to the Bering Strait in Bill's G-3,'' Mr. Bockstoce recalled. ''We met Itasca, and took her, from west to east, 21 days through the Northwest Passage, ending up in West Greenland. We pulled in, and the G-3 was waiting for us. Fours hours later we were in Eastern Long Island, and I took a taxi to La Guardia and a shuttle to Boston. An hour after that, I was swimming in York Harbor, up in Maine. Itasca was my kind of boat, all luxury inside. I just love that boat. If I ever made enough money. . . .''

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BOAT keeps an eye on the standout luxury superyachts spotted in cruising in Caribbean waters...

The 66 metre Lürssen-built superyacht Elysian has been spotted in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. First delivered in 2014, Elysian has been island hopping in the Grenadines since March after spending several weeks visiting the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Designed by legendary superyacht designer Espen Øino , with an interior by Reymond Langton , Elysian can accommodate a total of 12 guests and 17 crew on board. 

Mayan Queen IV

Mayan Queen IV  left St Vincent and the Grenadines and was photographed cruising off Tobago Cays. She had been in the Caribbean since late 2016 when she moored at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Delivered by Blohm + Voss in 2008, 93.25 metre Mayan Queen IV is not available for charter. She can sleep up to 16 guests and boasts interiors designed by Terence Disdale .

Pictures courtesy of Boat International Travel Editor Sophia Wilson (left) & / @superyachts_gibraltar (right)

Gene Machine

Gene Machine had been cruising in the Caribbean for the majority of the winter season when she was spotted in the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St Thomas and Guadeloupe.

The55 metre Amels superyacht was photographed frolicking with a pod of humpback whales in the Dominican Republic, having left the Ocean World Adventure Park.  Gene Machine was delivered in 2013.

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Axioma was spotted off the coast of Gustavia in St Barths.

Sleeping up to 12 guests in six cabins, her interior offers plenty of reasons why celebs love to charter Axioma . Her double height atrium and mezzanine level boasts a luxurious lounge area and cocktail bar. Additionally, she has a spa area complete with sauna and steam room, an indoor cinema room and an elegant dining room.

At 72.5 metres, her expansive deck space has a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, as well as multiple al fresco dining spots and lounge areas.

Delivered by Dunya Yachts in 2013, Axioma is available for charter and is also currently listed for sale .

Pictures courtesy of / @sg8584 / @epicmarina

The stunning 85 metre Lürssen superyacht Solandge  was photographed in Nassau, Bahamas (pictured right).

Delivered in 2013, she is famous for her extraordinary swimming pool, which leads in via the gymnasium to a beautiful spa, complete with sauna, steam room, massage room and beauty salon. Additionally, she has an outdoor cinema, DJ decks, two Jacuzzis, a bar and plentiful sunbathing and al fresco dining spots.

Solandge can sleep up to 12 guests in six luxurious cabins and boast a private office, cinema, dining room, cocktail lounge and an elegant main saloon. She is also currently  listed for sale, asking €155,000,000 .

Pictures courtesy of / @shannon_penguin / @faisalwrf

One of the most divisive superyachts ,  Adastra , was  spotted in Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, having arrived from St Maarten on February 21.

The 42.5 metre trimaran superyacht was built in China and delivered by McConaghy Boats in 2012 and has a range of 10,000 nautical miles. She was designed in Great Britain for the purpose of cruising in Indonesia and other remote destinations.

Picture (left) courtesy of / @lesvoyagesimmobiles

Le Grand Bleu

The 112.8 metre superyacht Le Grand Bleu was spotted at anchor in St Maarten.

The blue-hulled yacht was originally built for American John McCaw and was subsequently sold to Roman Abramovich. It has been reported that the yacht has since been given to his business partner Eugene Shvidler. Le Grand Bleu was moored close to Abramovich’s 164 metre superyacht Eclipse in St Maarten.

Le Grand Bleu has a crew of 65 and is equipped for a vast array of on water adventures. Stored on board is a 22 metre Dubois-designed sailing yacht and a 21 metre Sunseeker motor yacht. She is also thought to carry a Land Rover for on land excursions.

The striking 66.4 metre ISA superyacht Okto was spotted in St Barths. The yacht anchored out of Port de Gustavia having previously been moored in St Maarten.

Delivered in 2015,  Okto truly is one of a kind with her distinctive lines and unconventional grey and black pinstriped decking. One of her most distinctive features is a six metre swimming pool on her aft deck which is considered to be one of the best superyacht pools in the world .  Okto is currently listed for sale with Moran Yacht & Ship , asking €54,500,000.

Explorer yacht Narvalo  was spotted in St Maartens' Cole Bay.

Narvalo was built by Cantiere delle Marche  and features interior and exterior design by Nauta Design . She is listed as a finalist for the 2017 ShowBoats Design Awards . At 33.4 metres, she can sleep up to 12 guests in five cabins, which are decked out with light woods, stonework and plenty of natural light thanks to the large windows.

Her sundeck is the perfect spot for watching the world go by as it has a large bar, Jacuzzi and an al fresco cocktail area.

Pictures courtesy of / @justjason_

The prolific sailing yacht Sybaris  was spotted in the Port of Havana, Cuba having cruised over from Miami (photographed right).

Commissioned by serial yacht owner Bill Dukes , she was delivered last year and is the second largest Parini Navi yacht to date. She features a PH Design interior, and at Monaco Yacht Show 2016 Duker said : "It was designed to be at harmony and a place where you can feel harmonious."

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Enter the Giga-Yacht

  • By Dudley Dawson
  • Updated: October 4, 2007

What in blue blazers is going on in the yachting world? Big yachts getting bigger-so big they’re calving submarines. Big yachts looking like small yachts-enormous versions of what are essentially open and express cruisers. Yards and builders getting bigger. Heck, even owners getting bigger, with larger-than-life characters: American and Arab and Russian and Chinese. (Which of course means the bodyguards are getting bigger, too.) Wherever you look today, yachts are straining to escape the bounds of gravity and even at times credibility, and as we try to put our arms around these trends, the word that comes to mind isn’t super, or mega…but giga.

We have entered the era of the gigayacht. And here are the trends to prove it.

Supersize It!

Big yachts are getting bigger. The increase in length is an easy statistic to use, but it doesn’t tell the story by far. When you go from 150 feet to 300 feet, it is not twice the yacht, but closer to six times as large in terms of interior volume, tonnage, complexity and cost. As I stood in Oceanco’s yard a few years ago, gazing at the 312-foot Al Mirqab, one of the builder’s staff could not help making the obvious comparison with two smaller superyachts floating alongside. “How’d you like to be the owner of one of those, and arrive to see your new 170-footer looking like a runabout?”

The last year or two has seen several launches of yachts that would dwarf Al Mirqab, including Octopus (410 feet) and Pelorus (377 feet), both from Lürssen. Although recent months have been short on announcements of such megamonster deliveries, they have not gone away. Often bound by draconian secrecy clauses, the builders refuse to talk about these supersized superyachts, but a few clues escape.

Lürssen recently delivered Northern Star (210 feet) and Air (300 feet), and a 453-footer is reported from the yard this year as well. (For more on Northern Star, see this month’s Superyacht Report.) Besides her length, Air is newsworthy for her propulsion system. With no gearing, shafts or rudders, she is powered by eight diesel generators. The generators supply electrical power to a pair of electric motors directly driving propellers. The motors are encased outside the hull in watertight pods that rotate for steering, hence azimuthing, giving rise to the name: Azipods. The advent of such systems, and the technical reasoning behind them, was foretold by Yachting in our June, 2001 issue (“The Pod Squad”); expect to see more of them.

Germany doesn’t have a complete monopoly on the large ladies, but it certainly seems to be in the lead. In addition to the Lürssen deliveries, both Blohm + Voss and HDW have delivered significant yachts in the past and are actively promoting new projects at this time. Blohm + Voss launched the 344-foot Lady Moura in 1991 and, with Lürssen, the 525-foot Golden Star/ Platinum more recently. Latest information from Blohm + Voss shows their Project M-147, a 482-foot yacht that carries a helicopter topside, a drydock for the tender at the stern and a submarine garage integrated into the hull. Design is by Hermidas Atabeyki.

HDW grabbed the headlines several years ago with the 452-foot Mipos, now Al Salamah. A more recent delivery is the 303-foot Tatoosh, owned by Paul Allen as he worked his way up another 100 feet to Octopus. More recent information from HDW shows Crystal Ball, a strikingly modern 460-footer with a glass-enclosed superstructure. She is from the boards at francisdesign.

In addition to the German yards, two of Holland’s builders have toyed with the big time. Amels Holland has built yachts into the 250-foot range and with its huge Schelde yard, a former naval shipyard, was negotiating at one point for a 525-foot yacht. Feadship, amid strict secrecy, delivered the 282-foot Ecstasea last year and is busy completing facilities and hiring workers for a third yard intended for even larger yachts.

While U.S. builders are not yet knocking at the door with 300- and 400-footers, they are closing in on 200 feet. Trinity Yachts launched the 180-foot Mia Elise this spring, the largest steel-hulled displacement yacht built in North America in the past 75 years. Palmer Johnson’s La Baronessa, launched several years ago, was 195 feet, and even the fiberglass builders, including Delta Marine and Christensen Yachts, have grown beyond 150 feet recently, continuing to push the limits of the material.

Let’s drop the top and party…

Not only are big yachts getting bigger, smaller ones are getting bigger, too, while keeping that sportboat feel. Open day boats and express cruisers have crept past 100 feet with 108-foot models from both San Lorenzo and Sunseeker. Not content with that, Pershing and Riva have pushed upward to 115 feet with fiberglass yachts and Codecasa with aluminum models, last year’s Maria Carla being the first issue with a second delivered this spring.

More traditional motoryachts, large and small, are opening up to the great outdoors as well, with sliding and convertible tops and glass aft bulkheads that retract to create huge alfresco areas; many are adopting sleek superstructure lines that mimic the day boats. The Azimut 116, Palmer Johnson’s 120-foot Cover Drive and Baglietto’s 135-foot Just Cavalli are but three examples.

…But party sensibly

While yachting has the reputation of a relatively carefree recreational pastime, security concerns cannot be overlooked. Royal yachts have long had various levels of protection quietly built into them. One, to my personal knowledge, has a very secure area deep within the hull that quarters a couple-dozen commandos, very serious-looking individuals who constantly monitor a bulkhead full of video screens and alarm panels, ready to react to any threat. Another has been rumored to carry SAM missiles. Most far-out claim (in Vanity Fair, so add salt): that Paul Allen was offered torpedoes on Octopus, but declined.

Private yachtsmen with lesser concerns nevertheless are facing a changing reality and adding increasingly sophisticated monitoring and alarm systems. It is not unusual for crew members to take training in defensive skills, or even for a crew cabin, or perhaps the “nanny cabin” adjacent to the owner’s suite, to be occupied by a bodyguard. At least one super-sailboat has been built with bullet-resistant glass and with Kevlar laminated into the deckhouse, not for structural strength but for ballistic protection. Safes and gun lockers are not new, but they are becoming more common, and while we’ve not been able to confirm it, there are rumors of virtually impenetrable “safe rooms” aboard some superyachts.

The Russians are coming, and the Chinese, too

Russians are getting into yachting in a big way. Ecstasea, the 282-foot Feadship, is the third smallest-yes, “smallest”-yacht owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The other two are Le Grand Bleu, a 354-footer originally built for John McCaw by Bremer Vulkan, and Pelorus, the 377-foot Lürssen. Other Russian oil barons have also dabbled in the realm of megayachts, but changes in both the oil and yacht markets and in the domestic political situation leave the realities of some current ownerships a bit muddled.

At the lower end of the size range, from more modest superyachts on down to 40-footers, sales are booming in Russia. Most of the early yachts were imported, but now domestic shipyards are starting to take up the slack. Marinas are being developed to moor the yachts and there is at least one Russian-produced yachting magazine to satisfy the growing demand for news and information.

Not to be outdone, and spurred by a booming economy, the Chinese are taking an increasing interest in yachting. Far East builders such as Cheoy Lee have established new yards in mainland China, but it is not only the builders that are involved. While Chinese ownership of superyachts is limited, they have taken an interest, much like the Russians, in chartering on both an individual and a corporate basis. One broker recently reported what is thought to be a first: a Chinese company chartering a superyacht to entertain clients in Cannes.

Love means never leaving a friend ashore

The Russians and Chinese are only the latest converts to the joys of chartering, and the selection of yachts available is broader and more numerous than ever. Almost all of the new superyachts are built to MCA safety standards in order to qualify for charter service, whether initially intended for that service or not. International treaties limit the number of charter guests to 12 in many cases, but with the supersizing of yachts, it’s a limit that does not enable the owner to take full advantage of the yacht’s interior volume. To overcome that restriction, some new charter yachts are being built to tougher passenger ship standards and are carrying up to 36 guests. That’s a boatload.

Built by Greece’s Neorion Shipyard to a detailed specification by Liveras Yachts, and with design by Alpha Marine and H. Poulias, the 280-foot Annaliese was delivered last year in time for the summer Olympics. Her sister Alysia was completed this year, and another 36-passenger charter yacht for Liveras, the 295-foot Mia, will be completed in 2007. With the enthusiastic response they have enjoyed toward the first two yachts, the company is busy working on plans for a 351-footer, Eleni D.

Alysia has a 1,300-square-foot master suite, plus an adjoining twin-berth stateroom for children or personal staff, on a private owner’s deck. A VIP stateroom is situated on the bridgedeck, as is a twin-berth special-needs cabin that has wide doors and a special shower room. Ten additional guest staterooms are on the main deck, and four more are located on the upper deck. Whether dining inside or out, all 36 guests can be seated at once.

Oh, cabaña boy…

The level of amenities aboard Alysia, equaling those of the world’s best resorts, is perhaps a step above many yachts, but such pampering is becoming more common. Nanny cabins and owner offices are appearing on many superyachts, as are wine cellars, spas and gymnasiums. Entertainment systems often allow on-demand viewing for each stateroom from a selection of hundreds of movies, and audio libraries can be customized to each guest’s preferences.

Alysia still goes them one better, though, and a peek at her crew list gives a clue. In addition to the captain, mates and engineers, she carries nine in the steward’s department, a chef plus three in the galley, a nurse, a masseuse, a beauty therapist and two laundry staff. Her wine cellar has a capacity of 500 bottles, and is temperature and humidity controlled. Her laundry is open around the clock. She has no mere gym, but rather a health center with a multi-gym, treadmill, rowing and cycling machines, and free weights. For guests who are a bit out of shape, the post-relaxation/treatment areas-one for men and one for women-each include a sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool, whirlpool spa and shower. There’s also a beauty salon, facial/body treatment area and massage room. For guests who are seriously out of shape but can’t resist the gym anyway, Alysia offers her twin-berth medical suite with a nurse on call 24 hours a day.

All that pampering is nearly irresistible, but for those who just can’t leave the working world behind, she has a business center on the bridgedeck with an internal LAN for connecting computers and peripherals. There’s a digital PBX phone system with ISDN capability, with a total of 80 lines, five of which are satellite ship-to-shore connections via Inmarsat.

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Most yachts spend their entire existence cruising through exotic and inviting places such as the Caribean or the Mediterranean. There is, however, another category of yachts which enjoy a more rough and tough lifestyle. These so-called explorer yachts venture into lesser known territory to either show their owners incredible natural beauty or actually search for long-lost ships. These are the five largest explorer yachts:

5. Equanimity Although the smallest of these five explorer yachts, the Equanimity isn’t any less capable. Build in 2014 by Dutch Yacht builder Oceanco; it wouldn’t look out of place in Monaco. That being said, it is capable of exploring even the most remote seas and is of course fitted with the obligatory helicopter pad. For explorer yachts, these serve more purposes than just being a fast and exclusive tender to the main shore. Particularly in arctic conditions, they can be of great use to plot a safe course for the yacht or to get owner and crew to places where no boat can dock.

4. Ulysses Some take routes less traveled to get the ultimate explorer yacht. New Zealand businessman Graeme Hart approached two Norwegian shipbuilders that usually only make commercials ships for the offshore industry. The result is the Ulysses, which is 352.4 feet/107.4 meter’s long, and specially designed for long term cruises. It comes with a helicopter pad, a 63 feet tender and ample room for 30 guests.

2. Luna At 377.4 feet/115 meters is the Luna quite an impressive sight. It was originally built in 2010 for Roman Abramovich, to replace Le Grand Blue. However, in 2014 he sold it to Farkhad Akhmedov, who spend two years refitting the yacht to his liking. Although the exact specifications of the Luna are top-secret, the yacht is capable of sailing all of the seven seas, including those covered with ice, as it features a reinforced hull.


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Mccaw Clan: Personal Lives

The brothers of Craig McCaw would rather you didn't read this story.

They want Craig to get the attention. They don't think their personal lives are anybody's business. But when you've each got more than $300 million, things do get interesting.

Meet the McCaws.

Bruce McCaw.

The eldest of the four McCaw brothers, Bruce, 46, is the only McCaw who went into business by himself. The other brothers worked for Craig. Bruce co-founded Westar Insurance Co. in Bellevue, which specialized in aviation and other insurance areas and, after a merger, became Forbes Westar Inc. (He also helped found Horizon Airlines. )

All of the brothers are major stockholders in McCaw Cellular Communications and, except for Keith McCaw, serve as directors of the company. Craig, however, is without question the person in charge. Bruce says he has no problem deferring to his younger brother as leader of the company. Craig, however, does get advice from the brothers. "He's never run the business as if he's the only guy in the saddle," Bruce says.

Bruce is private like the rest of the McCaws, but the most talkative. He particularly enjoys talking about his late father, industrialist Elroy McCaw. Bearded, balding and a little overweight, he looks a bit like the GOP strategist Ed Rollins.

Bruce could afford practically any car ever made. But he prefers to drive the 1986 Mercedes 300E he drove in the One Lap of America race across the continent several years ago. He also has a collection of vintage race cars.

A skilled pilot, Bruce flies his own 6-passenger jet. . Or he might fly a smaller plane to a dirt runway near his rustic riverfront cabin, once owned by supermarket tycoon Joe Albertson, in Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness Area. The cabin has no running water and is reachable only by water or air.

A big-game hunter and a thrill-seeker, Bruce and his friends have hunted by moonlight for boar in South Africa, armed only with pistols.

In Seattle, Bruce keeps a home and a 58-foot yacht. He is the only brother who has never married, but he has been seen escorting women at various charitable events in Seattle. He is very sensitive about his name appearing in newspapers and regards it as irresponsible that a newspaper would suggest a romantic link with a guest just because they appeared together.

He says the family as a whole feels abused by the news media's attention.

"One of the reasons why all of us spend less time in the city is because we got run out," he says. "When you want some privacy in your life, the easy way is to go someplace else, where people aren't focused on you."

John McCaw.

Apart from Craig, John, 42, is the only brother who has held a senior full-time position in the company. He started with the company in 1975, working at the family's small cable-TV system in Centralia. He eventually held the title of executive vice president of acquisitions. His contributions were largely in the cable division, which was sold in 1987.

His mother, Marion, says he is probably the warmest of the four boys. In appearance, he looks more like Craig than the other two. He's thin and delicate-looking. When asked a question, he will stare for a long time before answering. When nervous, his eyes dart rapidly back and forth, a mannerism shared by Craig.

John ended full-time work for the company in 1991 but remains a director. He quit "to get away for a while and get a perspective on things," he says.

"John came to a point in his life where there were other things of importance to him," says Craig, "and we simply agreed that if he wasn't going to put his heart and soul in the company, then that wasn't the deal, the philosophy of management, and so nobody had to be thrown out per se."

Since leaving the company, John has had more time to pursue other interests: yachting, skiing - and baseball. The former Little League pitcher is part of the Nintendo-led group that owns the Seattle Mariners.

As a youth, John drove a Porsche. He's kept an interest in exotic forms of transportation. He owns a helicopter and is said to be an excellent pilot.

He also owns a 10-passenger, long-distance jet. Last year he sold his 48-foot powerboat. He owns a radio station, KSKI, in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Keith McCaw.

Of the very private McCaws, Keith is the most private. At the Lakeside School, to which Keith drove a Mustang, some called him The Invisible Man.

"He's probably the hardest of the four of us to pry anything out of," says Bruce.

Still, he makes a vivid impression. He has dark straight hair and a pudgy face. He wears a gold watch, and carries a pager and a cellular phone.

Keith, 40, offers little about himself during an interview. A question gets a fragmentary answer, with nothing volunteered.

Keith McCaw made headlines when it was revealed last year he had spent $8.15 million to buy three Lake Washington lots for a new home. Plans are to remove three large homes that occupied those lots and build one home of 12,000 to 15,000 square feet, a few doors from brother John's home.

Apart from his Seattle residence, Keith, married with two children, keeps a large home in Sun Valley, formerly owned by Bill Harrah, the casino owner.

To get between Seattle and Sun Valley, Keith, the only brother who doesn't fly himself, keeps a 10-passenger jet.

Keith says he had a number of management jobs in the McCaw company, particularly in the paging business, where he negotiated acquisitions. Most executives at the company say he has never been a major player. Keith formally ended his role as an employee in 1986 but continued as a director until 1991. He remains a major stockholder.

Why did he leave the company?

"I think overall the brothers have innate independence," says Keith. "My feeling in the company was I had gone as far as I could. Craig has always been CEO for all intent and purposes, and rightly so. He deserves his position. But you can only work for your brother so long."

"Keith did a lot of things for the company and did them well," says Bruce, "but being the youngest of the four of us is a difficult role at best. Keith survived that experience well."

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Portland harbormaster Kevin Battle said the yacht arrived in Portland last week, but no one noticed it because of the fog. The 370-foot-long yacht has its own helicopter pad, water purification system and two additional boats.

It was commissioned by American businessman John McCaw in 2000, who later sold it to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich reportedly sold the yacht to its current owner, oil tycoon Evgeny Shvidler, in 2006. Boating magazine Yachts International lists Le Grand Blue as the 31st largest yacht in the world. The yacht made it into headlines earlier this year when it blocked some tourists from seeing the Statue of Liberty.

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The interior pictures were taken from: Achille Associates International M/Y Tatoosh The Main Entrance and Elevator Lobby on the Main Deck of the motor yacht Tatoosh.

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A room-sized antique Oushak area carpet and French limestone fireplace mantel warm the Main Salon, also on the Main Deck.

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Sisal area carpet and silk wall upholstery add texture and warmth to the Dining Room on the Main Deck.

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The Boat Deck Observation Lounge with its Seagrass lounge chairs and tropical prints blend with bamboo chairs and limestone table for a cool view of the ocean ahead.

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The Boat Deck Lounge mixes the textures of sisal, seagrass, wicker and rattan with custom dyed indigo cotton and cotton prints for a very cool retreat from the tropical heat.

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the new owner of Tatoosh has two other big boats.Of course the 126m explorer Octopus and the 60,60 M long Feadship Meduse. Tatoosh was built for Craig McCaw, a business man in the USA.McCaw´s brother John McCaw was the owner of the Explorer Le Grand Bleu (108,30 M).I think everybody knows who bought Le Grand Bleu.


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Tatoosh For Sale Ahoy! I hear Tatoosh is for sale through Frasier Yachts for $125 million u.s..


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Anybody know where Tatoosh is?
Tatoosh Here you have normaly the latest information.


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Gagarin cup (khl) finals:  atlant moscow oblast vs. salavat yulaev ufa.

Much like the Elitserien Finals, we have a bit of an offense vs. defense match-up in this league Final.  While Ufa let their star top line of Alexander Radulov, Patrick Thoresen and Igor Grigorenko loose on the KHL's Western Conference, Mytischi played a more conservative style, relying on veterans such as former NHLers Jan Bulis, Oleg Petrov, and Jaroslav Obsut.  Just reaching the Finals is a testament to Atlant's disciplined style of play, as they had to knock off much more high profile teams from Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg to do so.  But while they did finish 8th in the league in points, they haven't seen the likes of Ufa, who finished 2nd. 

This series will be a challenge for the underdog, because unlike some of the other KHL teams, Ufa's top players are generally younger and in their prime.  Only Proshkin amongst regular blueliners is over 30, with the work being shared by Kirill Koltsov (28), Andrei Kuteikin (26), Miroslav Blatak (28), Maxim Kondratiev (28) and Dmitri Kalinin (30).  Oleg Tverdovsky hasn't played a lot in the playoffs to date.  Up front, while led by a fairly young top line (24-27), Ufa does have a lot of veterans in support roles:  Vyacheslav Kozlov , Viktor Kozlov , Vladimir Antipov, Sergei Zinovyev and Petr Schastlivy are all over 30.  In fact, the names of all their forwards are familiar to international and NHL fans:  Robert Nilsson , Alexander Svitov, Oleg Saprykin and Jakub Klepis round out the group, all former NHL players.

For Atlant, their veteran roster, with only one of their top six D under the age of 30 (and no top forwards under 30, either), this might be their one shot at a championship.  The team has never won either a Russian Superleague title or the Gagarin Cup, and for players like former NHLer Oleg Petrov, this is probably the last shot at the KHL's top prize.  The team got three extra days rest by winning their Conference Final in six games, and they probably needed to use it.  Atlant does have younger regulars on their roster, but they generally only play a few shifts per game, if that. 

The low event style of game for Atlant probably suits them well, but I don't know how they can manage to keep up against Ufa's speed, skill, and depth.  There is no advantage to be seen in goal, with Erik Ersberg and Konstantin Barulin posting almost identical numbers, and even in terms of recent playoff experience Ufa has them beat.  Luckily for Atlant, Ufa isn't that far away from the Moscow region, so travel shouldn't play a major role. 

I'm predicting that Ufa, winners of the last Superleague title back in 2008, will become the second team to win the Gagarin Cup, and will prevail in five games.  They have a seriously well built team that would honestly compete in the NHL.  They represent the potential of the league, while Atlant represents closer to the reality, as a team full of players who played themselves out of the NHL. 

  • Atlant @ Ufa, Friday Apr 8 (3:00 PM CET/10:00 PM EST)
  • Atlant @ Ufa, Sunday Apr 10 (1:00 PM CET/8:00 AM EST)
  • Ufa @ Atlant, Tuesday Apr 12 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)
  • Ufa @ Atlant, Thursday Apr 14 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)

Games 5-7 are as yet unscheduled, but every second day is the KHL standard, so expect Game 5 to be on Saturday, like an early start. 

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

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  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy , materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes , offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

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