The motor yacht A was built by Blohm Voss in 2008. She is designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis. It was delivered to her owner at a reported US$ 300 million cost price.
The yacht is powered by MAN engines. Her max speed is 18 knots. Her cruising speed is 12 knots. She has a range of more than 3000 nm.
The luxury yacht can accommodate 14 guests and a crew of 42.
A few years ago, we were told that Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son had purchased the yacht. But a representative of Mr Melnichenko denied this.
But there are some persistent rumors that MY A was indeed sold.
Masayoshi Son is the founder of Soft Bank. His net worth is $ 45 billion.
The Name A
To Appear first in the Registers. Some sources mention that the name A is derived from the initials of its owner Andrey and his wife Aleksandra. However, this seems to be just a coincidence.
The main reason for the name A is the fact that the yacht will appear first in shipping registers. (Source: owners representative).
Akzo Nobel sued over a Bad Paint Job
In 2013 Melnichenko’s company Hamilton Yachts Limited (which formally owns A) sued Dutch paint producer Akzo Nobel. It was for USD 100 million over a bad paint job. Read the court documents about the paint problem here.
In May 2014 the yacht A was spotted in Honolulu Hawai. And in February 2015 she visited Porto Rico. SuperYachtFan spotted her near Antibes, France in the summer of 2015.
In December 2015 the yacht A was at Palumbo Shipyard in Malta for a repaint. And in May 2016 she was near Monaco for the 2016 Formula 1 race. The photos of the Yacht A on this page are used with the permission of Tom Gulbrandsen.
MY A Listed for Sale
However, we were later informed that Motor Yacht A is off the market and not available for sale anymore.
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