On Wednesday, a private yacht sailed slowly and quietly up the Hudson River and docked near midtown Manhattan.
This wasn’t just any yacht, however. It was Eclipse — the largest private yacht in the world. And its presence is sure to touch off a frenzy of speculation about its owners and future.
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Seeing Eclipse docked off the midtown piers is the boating world equivalent of seeing a blue whale swim up the Hudson in the dead of winter. It just doesn’t happen — or hasn’t happened. Eclipse’s owner, the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, is famously private and averse to publicity. Eclipse is almost always kept in the rarified preserves of Monaco, Cannes, Portfino or St. Bart’s, visible to other billionaires but rarely the hoi polloi.