This superyacht launched as Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni Celts, whose history is both bloody and glorious. She was defeated in 61 AD when 10,000 Roman legionaries annihilated 200,000 of her soldiers. Boadicea played the politics and war game brilliantly and perhaps that is why her ex-owner, Australian game show producer Reg Grundy, named his yacht.
When Amels launched Montkaj in 1995 her length was 246 feet, which made the largest yacht built in the Netherlands at the time. A major refit in 2000 extended the yacht longer by 10 feet. Prince Mohammed, son of the late King Fahd, owns Montkaj, one of the world’s most secretive yachts.
Like its predecessor, Vibrant Curiosity, the yacht is based on the tried-and-true Oceanco platform and features naval architecture by Azure. Bjorn Johansson Design gave the yacht its appealing styling enhanced by a bold teal hull color, which is sure to let the yacht stand out in a crowd. The interior is by Terence Disdale.
Built to be one of 2005’s most environmentally friendly yachts, Ice incorporates energy efficient diesel-electric power, sophisticated noise- and vibration-reduction technology and exhaust emission control systems. Tim Heywood and Terence Disdale collaborated on the design of the contemporary vessel, which was the first yacht that Lürssen fitted with Azipod propellers.
Paul Allen purchased Tatoosh in 2001 for a reported $100 million before ordering Octopus from the Lürssen shipyard. Styling is by Kusch yacht and interior design by Terence Disdale. Twin 3,360 hp Deutz MWM engines power the yacht, which is a common sight in Cannes during the film festival and major conventions.
Tim Heywood and Terence Disdale collaborated on this yacht launched in 2008 allegedly for mining billionaire Alberto Bailleres. Bailleres, one of Mexico’s richest entrepreneurs has diversified investments in mining, insurance, retail and commercial real estate, and figures on Forbes’ 2012 list of billionaires with a fortune estimated at 16.5 billion.
Although he already owned several luxury yachts, Russian Tycoon Roman Abramovich was so impressed by Pelorus that he purchased her from her commissioning owner during her maiden voyage in 2003. Built by Lürssen at a parent shipyard, this impressive yacht draws inspiration from Carinthia VII and has an exterior design by Tim Heywood.
Eclipse took the crown as the reigning queen of private yachts in 2010 and, so far, has not been unseated. Rather stylish for her estimated 13,000 gross tons and 72-foot (22-meter beam), Eclipse owes her styling to UK-based designer Terence Disdale who also worked on Pelorus, once the flagship of Roman Abramovich’s fleet.