Herbert G Chambers is the owner of the Abeking & Rasmussen yacht ExcellenceV.
Chambers is a US based billionaire. He is founder of the Herbert Chambers Companies. A group of car dealerships. At the age of 42 he sold his copy business for US$ 80 million. Two years later, after a poor buying experience of a Cadillac car. He started his automotive business by buying a Cadillac dealership. His vision was to provide a better experience.
The HerbChambers Companies is a group of 60 car dealerships. Selling more than 55,000 cars per year including used cars.
The Group is the 5th largest car dealership in the USA. With annual sales above US$ 2 billion.
Chambers is not only selling cars, he is also collection them. He has a large collection of rare cars. Including a Bugatti Veyron, a Porsche 959, a 1955 Mercedes 300L Gullwing and a Ferrari Daytona spider.
In 2017 he sold a McLaren F1 for US$ 16 million.
The net worth of Chambers is estimated by Forbes at US$ 1.4 billion.
Chambers lives with his girlfriend Melissa Lees in a large house in Old Lyme, Ct. The house has a helicopter landing platform. For Chambers’ private Bell 429 helicopter (N429HC).
He uses the helicopter to commute to his corporate headquarters.
Chambers is the owner of 2 private jets. A Bombardier Global 5000 built in 2014 (N142HC). And a Gulfstream G450 built in 2013 (N142HQ). Although we think the G450 was sold recently.
A Bombardier Global 5000 has a list price of US$ 30 million.
Chambers also owns a Bell 429 helicopter, built in 2010 (N429HC).
Mr Chambers has owned several yachts. They were all named Excellence. His yachts are normally below 60 meters (180 ft) so they can berth in Port Gustavia, St Barths. Or at least: we are told so.
The current Excellence is number V. But she is listed for sale as her owner is building Excellence VI.
Excellence IV never sailed under this name. As she was sold before delivery. It is the yacht now known as Eminence, owned by Alexander Khloponin.
Excellence III was a 57 meter yacht built at Abeking and Rasmussen in 2001. She is now named DREAM.
Excellence II was a 47 meter Feadship built in 1999. She is now known as Princess TOO.
We are not sure which yacht is/was the first Excellence. We think its the Feadship MISS ILOILO built in 1986.
Read an interesting interview about Chambers’ yachts here.
She is a 60 meter Abeking and Rasmussen. She is built in 2012. The yacht is designed by Reymond Langton design.
Excellence V can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 17. She is powered by 2 MTU diesel engines. Which bring her a top speed of 15.5 knots.
The yacht has a relative large volume for her length. The yacht is listed for sale at Merlewood. Her asking price is US$ 80 million.
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