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.... It was
designed to be in harmony with the sea and nature",
expressed its designer Philippe Starck.
Not to show money? Yet the sophisticated transom
door in the rear of the yacht, which can open to
become a beach club alone cost $25 million to build!
The company that made it eventually went bankrupt,
along the company that built the hydraulic gangways.
Another the company that went bankrupt was the one
that made the bomb-proof wrap-around 44-milimeter
glass encasing the 2,583-square-foot master suite.
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.
‘A’' 23,600 square feet of living space differs
dramatically from most conventions of yacht design.
Many of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling mirrors. In
one room, the walls are covered in white sting-ray
hides. In another, calf's leather. On the main deck,
there are two awesome Michel Haillard chairs made
from alligator hides and Kudo horns. There are
also Baccarat-crystal tables, shiny white finishes
and polished silver. Everybody seem to love a glass
roof looking up into one of the swimming pools.
Reams of custom parts and finishes include bath
knobs costing $40,000 apiece!
The ship'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. More than a dozen exterior cameras fitted
with motion-detection and a night-vision infrared
systems are always on the alert. Hostile boats can't
even match her speed of 23 knots (roughly a third
faster than most boats its size.) At this high speed
guests would be greatly surprised by her comfort and
handling which made possible by her
advanced fiber-optic gyroscopes and four giant
Maintaining this ship is expensive: $20 million a
year. Filling the gas tank costs more than $500,000!
A crew of about 35 people include stewards and
stewardesses, mechanical engineers, security staff,
housekeepers, deck hands, galley crew and chefs,
specialists for surfing, jet skiing, water skiing
and cycling. All of the crew wear Starck-designed
uniforms—crisp white dress shirts and white pants
for daytime, and tight, black T-shirts and slacks
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 Serbian-born 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."
building this model yacht at 33" long (83cm).
The price is $3,500 plus shipping. Completion
date is February 2017. Reserve it now by
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