The world’s billionaires have to think big when it comes to spending their immense wealth. So for Roman Abramovich, the businessman, politician and owner of Chelsea Football Club, one superyacht clearly isn’t enough, as he’s now added a second vessel to his collection.
The new addition, the £430 million Solaris, is soon set for completion. Finished in light grey, the Times reports that she’s a sprawling 460ft in length, complete with eight decks, and is thought to include lavish features like an outdoor beach club, gym, lift, helipad, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.
Vast as she is, Solaris will be but the little sister to Abramovich’s other superyacht, Eclipse. At a staggering 500ft, Eclipse was dubbed the world’s longest private yacht upon her delivery in 2010. It’s rumoured that her extensive features encompass a beauty salon, dance floor and even a missile detection system. Following a round of refurbishments in 2015, she’s thought to have a value of around £1 billion.
Yet Solaris is reportedly tipped to become ‘the yacht of the year’ once she’s launched, with a source telling the Sun: ‘Details are being kept top secret but she will be a magnificent addition for the owner. To give you an idea of the size of Solaris the yacht shed she is being built in is bigger and taller than Buckingham Palace so you have some idea of the dimensions.’
Solaris is under construction at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven. On her completion, she’s expected to have 48 cabins, accommodating up to 36 passengers and a crew of 60, with two advanced engines that will render her the most powerful yacht in the world. The Times adds that the engines are low-emission, low-vibration Azipods (a type of electrical transmission marine propulsion unit), thought to be the most powerful of their kind. Solaris is reportedly set to undergo trials in the sea before the summer, ahead of her delivery later this year.
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