Pelorus is the world’s fourteenth largest private yacht at 377 feet 3 inches (115 metres) in length, with a price tag of US-$300 million. It was built at the LÃ¼rssen yard in Bremen, Germany to the design of Tim Heywood and was launched in 2003.
It was briefly owned by a Miles businessman who sold it to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (the owner of British soccer club Chelsea FC) the following year. Abramovich had it refitted to his own requirements by Blohm & Voss.
This included the addition of a second helicopter pad forward, four new zero-speed stabilisers and modifications to the exhaust, mast and stern.
Pelorus is powered by two 5,500-hp WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 12v 26 engines which will do a maximum 19 knots but often cruises between 12 and 14 knots. Details about the interiors are scant, as Abramovich is protective of his family’s privacy and highly security conscious.
The yacht has a number of tenders on board and a garage full of ‘toys’ including jet skis and wave runners. A full time crew of up to 46 people lives aboard all year long and a large security contingent comes and leaves with the family.
Pelorus will often be found cruising around the Western Mediterranean during the summers and commonly ventures down through the Suez for the winters.