THREE posh superyachts worth a combined £150million have cruised into Dorset harbour to see out the Covid pandemic.
It’s believed the trio of luxury vessels are moored here because of a lack of spaces in upmarket hotspots like Monaco, Nice and Majorca.
‘Elandess’, worth £92m and a staggering 240ft in length, made its grand entrance in the south coast harbour last month.
Unsurprisingly, they’ve all been turning heads since arriving at the south coast harbour to wait out the pandemic.
The 165ft long Totally Nuts has just been built and has come to Poole straight from renowned boat builders Feadship in the Netherlands.
Totally Nuts is thought to be owned by billionaire investor Sarkis Izmirlian, who owns the high-end Baha Mar Resort and casino in the Bahamas.
The vessel accommodates 10 guests in five cabins and 10 crew who have their own accommodation on board.
It is thought to be one of the fastest superyachts in its class with a top speed of 28 knots.
Meanwhile the 115ft long ‘Out of the Blue’ was made by exclusive boat builders Sunseeker, whose premises are opposite the marina it is now berthed in.
The vessel was completed in 2020 and has also been designed to accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins.
There is a luxurious master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins.
She has a British flag and is named after the Electric Light Orchestra album Out of the Blue. The vessel even has the ELO logo painted on its side.
‘Elandess’ is reportedly owned by the multi-millionaire Lloyd Dorfman, founder of the currency exchange company Travelex.
At 240ft long, the vessel features a huge pool on the sun deck, a bar, a sky lounge, a reading lounge, an observation lounge and a dining table sitting 32 people.
On a lower deck there is a viewing lounge which has views of above and below the waterline.
The vessel is registered to the Cayman Islands and arrived in Poole Harbour following a four-day voyage from Gibraltar.
A local boat owner said: “These three superyachts are really causing a buzz in Poole. They are spectacular to see close up.
“People are wondering why they are here but it is because all yachts like these aren’t allowed out on charter and so they have to moor up.
“There is a lack of space for them, especially in the Mediterranean.
“The irony is there are moored right where the Sunseeker boat yard is.
“It is said that millionaires buy Sunseekers but billionaires buy superyachts like Elandess and Totally Nuts.”
Superyachts are often chartered out at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds a week, but they are unable to sail anywhere at the moment due to coronavirus pandemic.
So they have to anchor up in marinas and harbours where there is room for them.
They are permanently manned by their own crew who live onboard.
It’s believed that all three vessels are likely to be based in Poole until at least the summer.
A spokesman for the Poole Harbour Master refused to comment when approached.
Last June the world’s biggest superyacht arrived in Southhampton after a week-long voyage from Barcelona.
The 156-metre Dilbar said to be worth an eye-watering £515m, proved to be a spectacular sight as she made her way up Southampton Water.
In March 2020, a luxurious superyacht worth £140million was spotted in Poole Quay.
‘Here Comes The Sun’, measuring 272ft in length, has its own infinity pool and sundeck spa pool.