Pelorus (yacht)

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Pelorus in Croatia
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Name: Pelorus
Owner: Sammy Tak Lee
Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda
Builder: Lürssen
Yard number: 13600
Completed: 2003
Acquired: 2014–2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Motor yacht
Tonnage: 5317mt
Displacement: 2973mt
Length: 115 metres (377 ft)
Beam: 17.2 metres (56 ft)
Draft: 4.66 metres (15.3 ft)
Depth: 5.10 metres (16.7 ft)
Decks: 3
Installed power: 7,800 kilowatts (10,500 hp)
Propulsion: 2 x 3,900kW Wärtsilä 12v 26
Speed: 19 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
landing boats, jet skis
Crew: 46
Aviation facilities: two helicopter pads

Pelorus is the world's twenty-ninth largest luxury yacht at 115 metres (377 ft) in length.


Commissioned by a Saudi Arabian businessman Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh[1], Pelorus was built at the Lürssen yard in Bremen, Germany, and launched in 2003. It was sold to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich during its maiden voyage, who had it refitted by Blohm & Voss, adding a second helicopter pad (forward), four zero-speed stabilizers, and modifications to the exhaust, mast, and stern.

Pelorus is powered by two 5,500-hp Wärtsilä 12v 26 engines with a maximum speed of 19 knots, but often cruises between 12 to 14 knots. While owned by Abramovich, the yacht had a full-time crew of up to 46, in addition to a large security contingent that travelled with his family. Pelorus would cruise the western Mediterranean during the summers, and commonly ventured down through the Suez for the winters. In 2005, Abramovich lent Pelorus to Frank Lampard and John Terry for two weeks as a bonus for being the two best players at his English football club Chelsea F.C. the previous season, and allowed Terry to honeymoon with his new wife, Toni Poole, on the yacht in 2007.[2]

Irina Abramovich received the yacht in 2009 as part of her divorce settlement. She sold it via broker Merle Wood to David Geffen in 2011 for US$300 million.[3][4][3][4][5]

In 2011 Geffen sold Pelorus to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for 214 million euros[6].

In 2016 Pelorus was sold to Chinese billionaire, Samuel Tak Lee[7].


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  5. ^ Haute Yachts: Geffen’s $300M ‘Pelorus’ Meets the Starck-Designed ‘A’ in Majorca | Haute Living Magazine. (2011-07-14). Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  6. ^ "Superyacht Coral Island".
  7. ^ "Lurssen's 115m Pelorus sold to Chinese billionaire". Yachting Pages.