Andrey Melnichenko Halves Superyacht Misery

Superyacht A at anchor in Deadman's Bay

The owner of two of the most ugly superyachts in the world is about to halve his misfortune.

Billionaire Russian industrialist, Andrey Melnichenko has put his motoryacht A on the market for $300 million as he prepared to take delivery of the motor sailing yacht of the same name.

The $400 million currently under construction at the Nobiskrug shipyard on the Eider River in Rendsburg, Germany is due for completion next year

When delivered it is expected to claim the crown as the worlds largest sailing yacht

The German yard Blohm + Voss built the truly unconventional superyacht motor yacht in in 2008.

At 119 metres she was designed by Philippe Starck and was when first seen her unusually all white exterior aesthetics were described as an upside down hull akin to a U boat with a first world war battle cruiser bow

Powered by twin 6035hp MAN RK280 diesel engines, the yacht has a top speed of 23 knots a range of 4250nm and a crew of up to 42

Among the onboard features there are three swimming pools with currents to swim against. a helipad and two 11 metre tenders. The yachts bullet proof windows are reported to be 44-millimetres thick and can withstand grenade explosions.


She is dwarfed by the even uglier 143 metre three masted craft whose appearance suggests, to any half qualified seafarer, that she is sinking by the head.

On the lower-most of her eight decks an underwater observation area is said to feature glass one foot thick through which the yachts 20 guests can observe the underwater sea life.

With masts 100 metres above sea level the yacht has auxiliary power from a hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers that will they say achieve a maximum speed of 21 knots, with a cruising speed of 16 knots. She will carry a crew of 54.