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Built by 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 motorized flaps.

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 for evening.

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 2016.

‘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."

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