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
- 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.
Touch Sensitive Black Glass
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.
Sailing Yacht A has eight decks and its keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made, measuring 193 square feet and weighing 1.8 tons.
The glass is used to create an observation pod on the bottom of the vessel in part of the keel known as the skeg, where it extends backwards towards the rudder.
Each of its three masts tower more than 328ft (100 metres) above the water line and carry sails that when placed side-by-side are larger than a football field.
Read about the super yacht “A”