Eminence (Ex-Excellence IV)
LENGTH: 257ft. 3in. (78.45m)
SHIPYARD: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany
Shortly before its 100th anniversary, Abeking & Rasmussen signed a contract for the largest yacht it had built to date. The first of several hulls exceeding 255 feet was launched in 2008. Originally ordered by Connecticut car dealer Herb Chambers, owner of Excellence III, the yacht was reportedly sold in the last few months of construction and launched by her new owner, rumored to be Russian, as Eminence. Sistership C2 is identical in length. Exterior and interior design is by Reymond Langton Design and naval architecture by the Abeking & Rasmussen engineering team. Stylish details include the mast, shaped as the tailfin of a whale, which A+R highlights as a feat of design and engineering. The vessel has a steel hull and five-deck aluminum superstructure and a relatively shallow draft of 11 feet 2 inches. She also features a proprietary tender-launching system that allows launching and recovery while under way. The yacht is designed for transoceanic cruising and is equipped with twin 1,492 kW Caterpillar engines to achieve a cruising speed of 14 knots with a range of around 6,000 nm.
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