The Sailing Yacht A (built as project 787) has recently been delivered by Nobiskrug to her owner. She is the world’s largest sailing yacht and is built for Andrey Melnichenko. Sailing yacht A is very large -
Like the Motor Yacht A, the Sailing Yacht A is designed by Philippe Starck, and some of her design features are similar to the current A. Her composite masts will be the largest in the world. She will be powered by a hybrid diesel-
Not much is known about the interior of sailing yacht A, but the interior is also by the design of Philippe Stark. She is rumored to have an underwater observation pod. She accommodates 20 guests and a crew of 54.
A has some remarkable features: her three masts tower up to 328 feet (100 meters) above the water level, with a crow’s nest at 60 meters, there are 24 shell doors in the hull, her decks are connected by several elevators and sailing yacht A will carry a submarine. Her total sail area will be more than 40.000 sq.ft, or more than 3,700m2. A will reach a top speed of 21 knots, with a cruise speed at 16 knots.
Sailing Yacht A was delivered to the owner in early May 2017 in Monaco by the project team led by Dirk Kloosterman after having completed her final sea trials in the Navantia shipyard in Cartagena, and final tests and inspections in Gibraltar. See an amazing video of Sailing yacht A leaving Germany, hereunder.
Gibraltar media report that Sailing Yacht A was arrested in Gibraltar, following a claim of EUR 15.3 million by Nobiskrug. Nobiskrug is reported to have filed a claim for breach of contract, as the final payment of EUR 9.8 million has not been paid. There seemed also a dispute about other invoices, totaling EUR 5,4 million. The yacht was heading for Spain for further works to be carried out. Update: SuperYachtFan was informed that there was a brief technical incident in Gibraltar over disputed costs in arbitration, not outstanding payments or unpaid invoices, between the company owner of the yacht and the shipyard
Motor Yacht A is an astonishing luxury yacht built by Blohm and Voss and designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis. It was delivered to Andrey Melnichenko at a reported US$ 300 million cost price.
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 co-
In 2013 Melnichenko’s company Hamilton Yachts Limited (which formally owns A) sued Dutch paint producer Akzo Nobel 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 photo’s of the Yacht A at this page are used with the permission of Tom Gulbrandsen. See more of luxury yacht A here.
The yacht A is not available for charter. Some media reported that motor yacht A was put for sale with an asking price of EUR 250 million or USD 300 million. However we were later informed that Motor Yacht A is off the market and not on sale.