Le Grand Bleu

On a motor yacht charter today we circled around the super yacht Le Grand Bleu as she sat anchored in the Solent off Yarmouth ( Isle of Wight ). Sitting on her stern next to the helicopter pad sits a 60 ft plus motor yacht and a 60 ft plus sailing yacht. Not forgetting the ribs and assorted water toys.

Le Grand Bleu Yacht History

Le Grand Bleu is one of the largest private yachts in the world at 370 feet (114 metres) in length. It was built at the Bremer Vulkan yard in Bremen, Germany, and was launched in 2000. Designed by Stefano Pastrovich  and Construction by Kusch Yachts .

It was previously owned by John McCaw Jr., an American businessman who sold her to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich in 2002. Abramovich had it refitted to his own preferences by HDW in Kiel, Germany. This included an internal refit and the addition of a 16 ft swim platform. In June 2006, Abramovich gave Le Grand Bleu to friend Eugene Shvidler. Mr. Shvidler maintains ownership of Le Grand Bleu.

Le Grand Bleu is powered by two 3,600-hp Wärtsilä engines. Details about the interiors are scanty as Abramovich is protective of his family's privacy and highly security conscious, but they were designed by Terence Disdale.