Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko is theproud owner of one of the world’s most expensive custom-made yachts for the hefty price of €400 million (£292 million/$450million). With eight decks, a glass observation area, measures a total space of 468 feet – it will require a crew of around 54 people.
The sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the stunning creation with his Serbian model wife Aleksandra, but the upkeep of the super-yacht won’t be an inconvenience for the businessman who’s currently ranked 97th in the Forbes World’s billionaires list.
Weighing 14,224 tons, the ‘Sailing Yacht A’ boasts the latest technology and sailing engineering, including a high-tech digital control system operated via a touch sensitive sheet of black glass in the bridge. As confirmed by the billionaire’s spokesperson – “it truly pushes the boundaries in sailing technology”.
The impressive project saw the light of day in one of the largest shipyards in the world in Nobiskrug in Germany. Renowned company Magma Structures built the masts from carbon fibre. There are special booms to hold the enormous sails and the entire structures in itself is amongst the most highly loaded composite freestanding constructions in the world.
A small room fits inside the main mast and the glass hull can withstand water pressure up to 393 feet (120m).
Andrey and his wife are known for frequently hosting A-list parties on their fleet of yachts, so the newest addition will fit nicely with their aquatic lifestyle. The eccentric businessman is known for his love for customizations, which includes a specially-built mirrored disco room for entertaining guests on one of his yachts.
Described as a “man of exceptional vision”, Mr. Menichenko’s newest toy pushes the boundaries of design, creativity and technology to make a statement of wealth and style. A helicopter pad on the sixth deck, bomb proof glass and 40 CCTV cameras, rooms decorated with Baccarat crystal and mirrored surfaces complete the luxurious experience of the ‘Sailing Yacht A’.
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