Russian Billionaire’s $300 Million Yacht
From the SD Union-Tribune:
Eye-catching 390-foot yacht departs San Diego
The 390-foot yacht simply known by the letter A left the 10th Avenue Maritime Terminal just after 6 p.m. for a trip up the coast to San Francisco. The vessel, which costs $500,000 to fuel, sailed through the harbor after a four day visit that left many people asking, “What’s that?” As we noted earlier, the milk-colored boat resembles a submarine with a Ramada Inn stuck on top.
The authoritative magazine Power and Motorcraft listed “A” as the seventh largest mega-yacht in its 2009 review of “super” boats. (The longest yacht, ‘Dubai,” is 531-feet long.) Motor Yacht A is owned by Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian billionaire who amassed a fortune in steel, banking and other industries after dropping out of college. (The boat is named after his wife, Alexandra Kokotovich.)
Wall Street Journal writer Robert Frank reports that the vessel cost at least $300 million to build and consumes almost 700 gallons of diesel fuel per hour, and that simply filling the fuel tank can cost $500,000. The Journal also says the boat has a 2,583-foot master suite outfitted with “bomb-proof” glass and bathroom knobs that cost $40,000.
If it were gray instead of white, Melnichenko’s yacht could be mistaken for one of the many warships in San Diego Harbor. The boat’s snubby nose and cone-like towers make it look a bit like the USS New Orleans, an amphibious warship that’s home-ported here.
In a widely-read article published in July 2008, Frank reported that there is an over-sized bed near that top of the boat that rotates on a large turntable. Apparently, some rooms have cream-colored leather walls. But it is the boat’s exterior that really set tongues wagging. Frank called it a “deliberate slap in the face to an industry known for its classic conformity.”
Check out the video of the interior: