The most expensive Yacht Charter in the World.

By Robert Frank

Associated Press
The 2010 launch of the Eclipse.

Looking for a quick summer break on the Mediterranean?

Consider a week aboard Eclipse, the largest yacht in the world. It can be yours (at least in theory) for $2 million a week, according to JamesList. That works out to $285,714 a day, or $11,900 an hour.

Granted, food and beverages aren’t usually included.  The fuel also is on you. But just think about what you do get for the money: 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, a disco hall and a crew of 70 to fill your glass, change the sheets and keep the disco ball spinning. You also get a minisubmarine that can descend to 150 feet.

Even if you had the money, however, you might not be able to secure the boat. Eclipse is owned by the famously private Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. As if to highlight the point, Eclipse is equipped with an antipaparazzi photo blocker. Yacht brokers say the charter listing on SuperyachtMonaco.com is more likely a requirement for Eclipse to be commercially registered. The charter company has told inquirers that the boat isn’t available this summer.

A spokesman for Mr. Abramovich said he doesn’t comment on personal matters.

Brokers say that when a boat is a registered commercially, it can be exempt from value-added taxes on fuel, supplies and other boat costs. Owners also may receive tax breaks on the boat’s purchase. For a boat that cost more than $500 million to build, and millions of dollars a year to maintain, the taxes can add up.

To qualify, yachts have to make themselves available for charter, which Mr. Abramovich has clearly done. “It’s a convenient way to manage a yacht,” said one broker. “You make it available for charter for registration purposes, but you may not actually end up chartering it because of the price.”

It isn’t as though Mr. Abramovich needs the extra $2 million a week. To him, privacy (and not letting strangers on his board) is likely far more valuable.

What would you expect from a $2 million-a-week yacht?

Ranger – Yacht Charters by Sojourn Sailing

Ranger at speed

On deck, the quality of craftsmanship of RANGER is evident from the moment you step aboard at the transom and see straight teak planks with no joins all the way up to the traveler.

A cozy cockpit for up to eight with a teak table is just behind the teak clad carbon fiber deck house; which features glove leather seating on either side of the companionway leading below, accented by a beautiful teak hand rail culminating at a teak and holley sole.

RANGER has accommodations for eight in the aft guest quarters; ten if the Pullman berths are used, in four cabins with three full heads.

The Master Stateroom: Walkaround king bed, ensuite with head, sink and shower.

Guest Stateroom 1: Starboard: Double bed with a hidden Pullman overhead, ensuite with head, sink and shower.

Guest Stateroom 2: Port: Double bed with a hidden Pullman overhead. Shares head with Stateroom #3.

Guest Stateroom 3: Port: Over/Under twin sized bunk berths. Shares head with Stateroom #2.

The Salon features a formal dining table to starboard and leather seating to port.

Forward through a water-tight bulkhead is the galley to port and the crew dinette to starboard.

The underlying material for the interior is Nida-Core to keep RANGER�s interior light. Over this state of the art foundation, is the finest of old world craftsmanship featuring flawless gloss finish over raised mahogany panels with crotch cut flamed mahogany centers making for a high quality and impressive interior. RANGER�s interior was built in Sardinia and then shipped to Skagen, Denmark for her installation.

RANGER represents the same hull and construction as the original RANGER from 1937 with the obvious exception that this RANGER has an engine and all the amenities of a modern day 50m motor yacht.

Now, after several years of trials and refinements, RANGER offers exciting racing and top performance plus and interior and amenities comparable to the finest, bigger sailing yachts and motor yachts. She truly is the best of both worlds with top performance and the ultimate in amenities and the finest of interiors.

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Sojourn Specials – Silver Moon

SILVER MOON – Sojourn Summer Specials – Captain Only – Up to 6 guests
St. Vincent, The Grenadines, Grenada,

$4,620 for 7 nights in the Grenadines, aboard this 44 ft. Catamaran. This could be the deal of the summer.

Give us a call, or email us for the unbelievable details.

Dare@SojournSailing.com
919.649.0278

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Sojourn Specials – GAZELLE

GAZELLE – 66 ft. South African Gunboat

From Now until April 1st, 2011 take 10% off the listed charter prices. That’s more than $2,000 in savings!

New England for the Summer.
Central America For the Winter.
Sleeps 6 on one of the fastest luxury Catamarans in Charter.

GAZELLE  @ Sojourn Sailing

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Sojourn Specials – Braveheart

Braveheart

CELEBRATE THE 4TH JULY IN THE SUNNY CARIBBEAN UNDER A STAR-FILLED SKY.

BRAVEHEART CHARTERS IS OFFERING A 25% DISCOUNT ON A CHARTER BOOKED BETWEEN DATES OF 28TH JUNE – 6TH JULY 2010.

Braveheart – Sojourn Specials

Sojourn Specials – CATATONIC

Lagoon 44 - Catatonic

Take an extra day on Catatonic!

8 nights for the price of 7 for charters occurring during the month of June, 2010.

Not to be combined with any other offer.

Expires: 30/Jun/2010

CATATONIC