BLUE HILL — An unexpected visitor spiced up the Sunday scene in East Blue Hill when the 453-foot yacht Rising Sun dropped anchor off the mouth of McHeard Cove and the Curtis Cove Beach after a day of cruising the waters around Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill Bay.
With a 62-foot beam and drawing 16 feet, the ship is powered by four 12,175-horsepower diesel engines that give her a reported top speed of 28 knots (about 32 miles per hour) and a cruising speed of 16 knots (18 miles per hour). Now owned by music and entertainment industry titan David Geffen, the yacht was launched by the German shipbuilder Lürssen in 2004 for Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison at a widely reported cost of some than $290 million. Geffen reportedly purchased a half interest in the vessel in 2006 and acquired full ownership in 2010.
The yacht’s five decks include luxurious accommodations for 16 in the owner’s party, a crew of 45 and a gym, screening room, extensive wine cellar and basketball court. Over time the yacht has hosted such celebrity guests, according to press reports, as former president Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Springsteen, Gayle King, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Paul McCartney among others.