World’s biggest superyacht “Sailing Yacht A” belongs to a Russian billionaire
World’s biggest superyacht and also the biggest sailing ship has just set sail on its maiden test run. This colossal water craft valued at £260 is built for Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko and is a gargantuan upgrade from his earlier yacht (called Motor Yacht A) that cost £190million. This one beats the earlier model in every aspect and probably every other superyacht out there.
You can call it the epitome of “Boy’s Toys” as the Russian entrepreneur unveiled his latest toy dubbed Sailing Yacht A (earlier known as White Pearl) to the general public. Although, the official launch date is slated for 2016 as the yacht is almost complete with just a few things in the interior design left to sort out. At that time the superyacht will officially claim title for the world’s largest sailing yacht. Currently that honor goes to the 96.35 meter Sea Cloud that was launched in 1931.
Sailing Yacht A has a length of 468 feet and height of nearly 300 feet as the ship masts are just too big to imagine. It has been built by German Naval Yards, Nobiskrug in a Hamburg shipyard and many components had to be manufactured in other parts of the world and shipped to the assembly location. For example the 300 feet tall mast made from carbon fiber is made in Portsmouth and will be one of the tallest and strongest composite freestanding structure in the world. The hull of the yacht is made from steel while the deck is crafted from teakwood.
This superyacht worth £260 has huge masts and one of them even has a small room in it
The superyacht powered by a hybrid diesel-electric engine can go at a top speed of 24 mph and a cruising speed of 18 mph. Any ship that comes in its way look too small in front of it such is the intimidating size of this sail ship. It houses eight separate decks that can easily accommodate 20 guests and 54 crew members on-board. For the opulence, it has six guest suites, three swimming pools and a personal helipad.
Infographic by: MarineElectronics