Wednesday, June 5, 2019

If you have to ask....

The expedition yacht Bella Vita arrived at Tall Ship Quay today. I avoid calling it a super yacht simply because there are reputed to be 139 larger (and maybe more impressive) yachts in the world. However at 248 ft x 44 ft x 12.47 ft (draft) it is certainly a big yacht. Its six decks can accommodate 12 passengers and up to 22 crew to run the ship and cater to the owner and guests.

Built to a very high level of finish by Lurrson in 2009 as Northern Star it was sold and renamed in 2017. It is an ice class vessel with a range of 6,000 miles at 12 knots. Normal cruising speed would be 15 to 17 knots. Its gross tonnage is 2205.

The ship comes with a variety of small water craft. One of which (seen in the left background) seemed to be doing a security patrol. Some of the craft are housed discretely behind hull doors.

In case you are one of those who feel compelled to ask anyway...
When it was sold in 2017 the list price then was reported to be US$ 93,000,000. As with most vessels of this class it is available for charter and goes for about US$ 730,000 per week plus expenses.


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