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Eos (yacht)

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Eos in Lyttelton, New Zealand, Mar. 7, 2010
Cayman Islands
NamesakeEos, Greek goddess of dawn
General characteristics
Tonnage1500 gross tons
Length304.86 ft (92.92 m) LOA (including bowsprit); 271 ft (83 m) LOD; 233 feet (71 m) LWL
Beam44.29 ft (13.50 m)
PropulsionTwin screw with 2 × 2,333 hp (1,740 kW) MTU diesel engines
Sail plan3-masted Bermuda rigged schooner
Speed16 knots (30 km/h) maximum[2]
Complement16 guests, approx. 21 crew. Two chefs, three engineers, nine deck crew, and captains and stewardesses.[1]
NotesAluminum hull and superstructure[2]
Yacht Eos moored in Dartmouth, UK, Feb. 2008
Eos at the Lürssen shipyard

The Eos is a three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner. The ship is one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world, and as of 2009 was owned by movie and media billionaire Barry Diller,[3] husband of fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg. According to a 2007 article in Harper's Bazaar, Eos features a figurehead of von Fürstenberg sculpted by Anh Duong.[4] Its overall length measures approximately 305 feet (92.92m).[2]



Designed by Antonio Ferrer, a graduate of Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology,[5] Eos was launched in Bremen, Germany from the Lürssen yard in 2006. The ship took three years to build.[1] When launched, she "knocked Athena off the number one spot [for largest sailing yacht]."[2] Bill Langan was the designer,[6] Rondal/Huisman supplied the rig, and the remaining naval architecture was completed by Lürssen. The interior was designed by François Catroux.[7] The 200 feet (61 m) tall masts are "the maximum height allowed to enable the craft to pass underneath bridges cross the globe."[8]



According to the San Francisco Bay Area sailing magazine Latitude 38, the EOS is longer overall than her nearest rival, the Maltese Falcon. However, much of the length of Eos is in the bowsprit, and although she is slightly beamier than the Falcon, the Maltese Falcon is fourteen feet longer on deck and over 20 feet (6.1 m) longer at the waterline, as seen in the table below:[9] Another very similar style of boat is the older yacht Athena, which has more traditional sail plan but is general smaller,[10] and another example is the Black Pearl, which was delivered in 2018 and is larger overall but like Maltese Falcon uses a 3-mast DynaRig.[11]

Black Pearl 348 feet (106 m) 49 feet (15 m)
Eos 305 feet (93 m) 271 feet (83 m) 233 feet (71 m) 44.2 feet (13.5 m)
The Maltese Falcon 289 feet (88 m) 285 feet (87 m) 256 feet (78 m) 42 feet (13 m)
Athena[10] 295 feet (90 m) 253 feet (77 m) 198 feet (60 m) 40 feet (12 m)

"Which one is bigger? Well, it depends on how you measure it. If the bowsprit counts (and it usually does), then the Eos wins," opines the YachtPals website.

However, Latitude 38 begs to differ. They "consulted with sailing experts from around the world at the Le Select Bar here in St. Barth," who explained that the length at the waterline and length on deck are "the real measure of size," making Maltese Falcon the largest sailing yacht.[9]

In 2007, a BBC headline declared Eos the largest, saying "The world's largest private yacht, owned by an American millionaire, is in a south Devon harbour."[12] Other news outlets have also come out for Eos as the world's largest private yacht.[3][8]

Press coverage


Press coverage of Eos written for non-sailors describes the ship with phrases like "world's largest," (despite the opinion of the Latitude 38 "sailing experts"). A 2009 news story about Eos' arrival in Fremantle, Australia appears designed to reinforce the glamor and mystique of luxury yachting, (if not envy and/or daydreaming). It claims that not only is the ship "the world's largest yacht," but that "Little is known about the yacht's interior, kept a secret by Mr. Diller, but it is believed to boast a glass staircase and panoramic views astern." The outgoing captain was quoted as saying, "I thoroughly enjoy it ... I have long, unstructured hours and an ever-changing itinerary. We have no set route but travel mainly between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean."[3]

The ship is "valued in excess of US$150 million."[13]

Latitude 38 describes Eos' owner, Barry Diller, creator of Fox Broadcasting Company, as "currently the Chairman of Expedia and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp ... parent of companies including Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster, Match.com and others," noting that "In 2005, Diller received $295 million in compensation, the highest of any executive in the United States."[14]

When the designer of Eos, Bill Langan, died in Dec. 2010, the yacht was mentioned in his company's article commemorating his work.[6]



On June 30, 2012, at around 15:00 (CEST), the ship caught fire outside the island of Ormøya in Oslo, Norway.[15] Barry Diller and his wife were ashore at the time. The crew took the first response to the fire and controlled the situation until the Norwegian fire department and the harbour police arrived at 16:15 (CEST). The fire was successfully extinguished by 20:00 (CEST) and the ship made a safe return to port for damage assessment.[16] There were no personal injuries. The fire did, however, cause severe damage to the top decks, whilst the rest of the yacht escaped virtually undamaged. Diller described the incident as being "no problem", emphasizing his relief that everyone escaped unharmed.[17]

See also



  1. ^ a b Blomfield, Ben (December 15, 2009). "Luxury superyacht EOS docks in Cairns". Cairns.com.qu. Cairns, Australia: The Cairns Post. Retrieved Mar 6, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Charterworld.com Info Page for Sailing Yacht EOS by Lurssen". Charterworld Limited. Retrieved Mar 6, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c Saunders, Amanda (September 10, 2009). "Goddess of the sea breezes into Fremantle". The West Australian. the west.com.au, Fremantle: West Australian Newspapers Limited. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved Mar 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Cutter, Kimberly (August 1, 2007). "Personal Style: Diane von Furstenberg". Harper's Bazaar. New York: Hearst Communications. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology". www.westlawn.edu. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  6. ^ a b Newport Now Staff (February 16, 2011). "Yacht Design Firm to Continue On After Founder's Passing". Newport Now. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved Mar 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sailing Yacht EOS". LiveYachting, a luxury yacht community. Dec 12, 2009. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved Mar 5, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Millward, David (September 18, 2007). "World's Largest Sailing Yacht Docks in Devon". The Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Retrieved Mar 6, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Spindler, Richard (Feb 2, 2007) [2007], "Which Is the 'Biggest'? You Decide. February 2 - Office of Sailing Measurement Standards, RI", Latitude 38, 'Lectronic Latitude, Breaking News and Hot Links
  10. ^ a b "Yacht ATHENA, Royal Huisman".
  11. ^ "Yacht BLACK PEARL, Oceanco".
  12. ^ "Superyacht 'Eos' arrives in Devon : The world's largest private yacht, owned by an American millionaire, is in a south Devon harbour". BBC News. London: BBC. Sep 16, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Ogden, David (July 17, 2010). "Borneo International Yachting Challenge Press Release". Borneo International Yachting Challenge. Retrieved Mar 5, 2011.
  14. ^ Spindler, Richard (Jan 31, 2007) [2007], "More on Eos and Groovy, January 31 - St. Barth, French West Indies", Latitude 38, 'Lectronic Latitude, Breaking News and Hot Links
  15. ^ "Superyacht Eos catches fire in Oslo". www.boatinternational.com. Retrieved 2024-06-25.
  16. ^ Skomakerstuen, Bjørn (June 30, 2012). "En av verdens største seilbåte i brann". Verdens Gang. Retrieved Jun 30, 2012.
  17. ^ Skomakerstuen, Bjørn (June 30, 2012). "Hollywood-millardær til VG Nett etter båtbrann: - No problem!". Verdens Gang. Retrieved Jun 30, 2012.