"A" MOTOR YACHT MODEL
Blohm + Voss, the 119m superyacht ‘A’ is considered
one of the finest yachts on the water.
‘A’ is an
unconventional vessel, with her upside down hull.
So unique that the $300 million superyacht has
become the most talk-about object on the seas. Since
her completion in mid-2008, ‘A’ has spawned a
flotilla of copycats emulating its low-slung hull
and design scheme.
From the outside, this yacht is not statements of
wealth and power. It "has elegance and intelligence,
it is not trying to show the money.... but was
designed to be in harmony with the sea and nature",
said its designer Philippe Starck.
Not to show money but the sophisticated transom door
in the rear of the yacht, which can open to become a
beach club alone cost $25 million to build!
And bath knobs cost $40,000 apiece!
yacht's two main landing boats are mini-yachts
themselves, stretching to 36 feet, boasting plush
interiors and costing more than $1 million each.
‘A’ is highly secure. Her rounded exterior and
knife-like hull make it difficult for intruders to
board. Hostile boats can't even match her
speed of 23 knots (roughly a third faster than most
boats its size.) Her 2,583-square-foot master
suite has bomb-proof 44-milimeter
glass. Inside, a large bed sits on a giant platter that
rotates with the press of a button. Another set of
buttons rotates the bed itself. The combination of
the two rotating objects give limitless angles for
watching the sunset, sunrise or the 60-inch plasma
TV, which retracts from the ceiling.
The yacht's owner is Andrey Melnichenko, a
38-year-old banking, steel and fertilizer czar who
has an estimated personal wealth of $12 billion in
‘A’ stands for both Andrey and Aleksandra, Mr.
Melnichenko's supermodel wife.
Some yacht designers and brokers describe ‘A’ as too
futuristic and aggressive for the leisurely world of
yachting. "Initially I was very skeptical," says
Jonathan Beckett, chief executive of London-based
Burgess, the world's largest yacht broker. "When you
just see photos, it's a very strange-looking boat.
But when I saw it cruising in the Caribbean this
year, I have to say I was impressed. It's a very
exciting boat to watch. It's simply unlike anything
that's ever been done before."
wooden model yacht, with superior hollow hull
construction technique is
33" long (83cm)
x 14" tall x 5" wide.
plus $90 S&H