Monday, May 21, 2012

Le Grand Bleu, The King Of Expedition Yachts


Last week on Wednesday the 16th of May one of the largest yachts in the world Le Grand Bleu arrived into Valencia's Americas Cup Port, La Marina Real Juan Carlos. She measures 112.80m (370ft) in length, placing her at the number 20 spot in the list of the worlds top 100 privately owned Superyachts. She was meant to dock in the main cargo port but surprisingly it was too shallow for her 4.60m (15ft) draft, so she made her way into La Marina Real Juan Carlos.

She is your true go anywhere expedition yacht that means business, with her 75ft Frers designed sailboat and 60-70ft power boat on the aft deck. She was launched in 2000 from the German shipyard Bremer Vulkan who coordinated with Kusch Yachts who were responsible for the naval architecture and bold exterior lines. Her interior design was left to the design skills of Bannenberg & Rowell Design, who gave her a modern interior style and feel.

She can accommodate up to 20 guests and a crew of 35 who keep her pristine for when the guests arrive at a moments notice. She has a top speed of 17kts and if the sailing yacht and motor boat on the aft deck wasn't enough she also has helicopter pad capability. Le Grand Bleu used to be owned by Paul Allen before she was purchased by Roman Abramovich and then reportedly given as a gift to Eugene Shvidler.

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