Owner Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko
Sailing Yacht A a “sail-assisted motor yacht” the World’s Largest Sail yacht.
Melnichenko paid for Research & Development for his own project team.March 2011 pre-engineering started
- Philippe Starck interior & exterior design
- Ship yard Nobiskrug Germany
- Dykstra Naval Architects The Netherlands
- Magma Structures UK
- Future Fibres Valencia
- Doyle Sails in the USA.
- GL Yachtverglasgun GmbH Germany
SAILING YACHT “A” IN NUMBERS
Price €400 million
Range: 5,320 nautical miles
3 masted made of carbon
142.81 meter (LOA) 468ft
widest point of 24.88 m
8 meter keel
Gross tonnage 12,700GT
Cruise speed 16 knots
Top speed of 21 knots
Touch-and-go helicopter pad (deck 6)
Hybrid diesel-electric engine
2 x MTU 3600 kW diesel engines
2 x 4300 kW electric motors
Observation pod on the bottom of the vessel.
3-masted motor yacht with sailing potential, constructed mostly in steel incorporating composite and carbon fibre
24 shell doors in the hull.
Touch Sensitive Black Glass.The windows, which are all oval, look small from a distance, but all have a magnifying effect, making them seem huge from the inside.One-way film to cover the exterior of the glass for privacy and to blend them into the custom metallic paint finish by Alexseal.
Multiple elevators and free-floating spiral staircases
Garages for 4 tenders and 1 submarine
Touch-and-go helipad on the bow.
The mainmast towers 100 metres above the waterline The masts are curved.
The masts can withstand 90 knots of wind with full sail up (equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane).
Total sail area of 3,747 m2 is equal to the size of half a football pitch.
The sails, by Doyle Sailmakers of the US, are a combination of carbon and Technora fibres and covered with taffeta to protect them from UV.
Andrey Melnichenko, the Russian billionaire and businessman, is set to rule the seas after building the world’s largest luxury sailing yacht.
The vessel, which cost Mr Melnichenko €400 million (£292 million or $451 million) to build, is one of the most advanced yachts of its kind.
Mr Melnichenko, however, is expected to recover some of the costs by licensing the technology developed for the vessel for commercial applications.