What’s a billionaire to do when he gets bored of his SGD417 million Motor Yacht A? Replace it with the massive SGD624 million Sailing Yacht A instead, of course. Designed by the renowned Philippe Starck and built by Nobiskrug, the submarine-esque Sailing Yacht A will soon make its way across the vast seas thanks to wealthy businessman Andrey Melnichenko.
Powered by a hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers, the Sailing Yacht A is fast — 21 knots-fast at top speed, and when cruising, will travel at 16 knots. She also won’t be easy to miss on the waters thanks to her three towering 100-metre masts. At a lengthy 143 metres, her decks are as massive, each connected by several elevators and can even carry a submarine. On board, 54 crew members and 20 guests would have the privilege of setting sail on this futuristic-looking vessel.
Melnichenko, who amassed a net worth of USD10 billion (SGD14 billion) is a Russian industrialist who made his fortune in the fertiliser, coal and banking sectors. You might have heard of him when he commissioned Starck to design the equally striking Motor Yacht A back in 2008. Though considerably smaller at 119 metres, it could achieve a higher maximum speed of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 19.5 knots and was famous for having bomb-proof glass and spa pools.
And if you’re wondering why the boat is simply named A, it’s to make the vessel appear first on shipping registries — smart move.