Force Blue

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Name: Force Blue
Owner: Flavio Briatore
Builder: Royal Denship
Launched: 2002
Sponsored by: Roy Speer
Homeport: Cayman Islands
Status: operational, for hire
General characteristics
Class and type: Lloyds of London
Type: Yacht
Length: 63.23 m (207.4 ft)
Beam: 11.38 m (37.3 ft)
Draft: 2.95 m (9.7 ft)
Installed power: 4000 hp
Propulsion: 2 x 2000 hp Caterpillar Inc.
Speed: Max:17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Cruise:14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Crew: 17

Force Blue (formerly Big Roi) is a trawler-expedition style luxury yacht built by Royal Denship in 2002. She is presently the world's 78th-largest superyacht


Built in 2002 by Royal Denship, she was designed by Ole Steen Knudsen and Tom Fexas as part of Royal Denship's "expedition" series, that included Turmoil and Big Aron. She was commissioned by Roy Speer, the founder and owner of the Home Shopping Network.


Purchased from Speer by Italian motorsports entrepreneur Flavio Briatore for £68.2m,[1] she was given a refitted interior designed by Celeste dell`Anna, and given a blue exterior.

Available for hire at a rate of $250,000 per week,[2] in 2009 at the Monaco Grand Prix, she became the location of a meeting between the FIA and FOTA to resolve proposed regulation changes for the 2010 Formula One season.

Recent History

M/Y FORCE BLUE was seized by Italian Customs Officers in May 2010 in La Spezia, near Genoa. Officers from the Guardia Di Finanza took control of the vessel with the authority of a local prosecutor. The claims made against the vessel’s owners, Autumn Sailing Ltd, state that there is outstanding VAT owing which should have been paid on the fuel used by the yacht.

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