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Roman Abramovich's yacht failed to dock in the port of Antibes

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Half the internet, following a piece in the British gossip column, is gloating about Roman Abramovich, whose Eclipse failed to dock in the port of Antibes the other day. Get a life, guys.

But in general, of course, the story is revealing. First of all it really illustrates: gigantism in our business is not always a good thing. For that small quantity of really huge boats (120 meters and over) there is no infrastructure in the world, and as a result we lose the main thing that boats are bought for - freedom. It is not for nothing that Larry Ellison in a very technical manner sold his partner his Rising Sun a little less than a year ago, and took a smaller boat for himself.

Secondly, of course, is the reaction of the French - as it turns out, the hero's proposal to build a berth near his own house for his own money had already been made in advance, but in their trademark style they straightened their faces and refused.

However, I think, in spite of everything, the picture below demonstrates the boat owner's attitude to the incident very well.

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By the way, Eclipse can still be rented through our buddy Jim Evans in Monaco.

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