Published: Monday, 19 November 2012

Le Grand Bleu In Phuket 1

Last week one of the world’s largest private yachts, the 112.8m MY Le Grand Bleu, arrived in the waters of Phuket, where she was spotted anchoring off the southern end of Patong Beach.

Built at the Bremer Vulkan shipyard in Bremen, Germany for American businessman John McCaw, Le Grand Bleu was launched in 2000. She was commissioned to a design by Stefano Pastrovich and naval architecture by Kusch Yachts.

Two years later she was sold to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who had the ship refitted in 2003 by HDW in Kiel, Germany. Design changes included internal modifications and the addition of a 4.9 m swim platform. Her current owner, his friend and business associate Eugene Shvidler, acquired the megayacht in June 2006.

Le Grand Bleu holds a great variety of toys on board; two tenders include a 18m Sunseeker motor yacht and a 21m custom-built Dubois sailing yacht. Powered by two 4,570 bhp Deutz engines, she can reach a maximum speed of 17 knots, cruising comfortably at 15.7 knots. The vessel accommodates up to 20 guests in 10 cabins, with a crew of 35 on hand.