SAILING YACHT A – Nobiskrug – 2017 – Andrey Melnichenko

Name:Sailing Yacht A
Length:143 m (468 ft)
Guests:20 in 10 cabins
Crew:20 in 10 cabins
Designer:Philippe Starck
Interior Designer:Philippe Starck
Speed:21 knots
Volume:12,558 ton
Price:$ 600 million
Annual Running Cost:US$ 50-75 million
Owner:Andrey Melnichenko

Sailing Yacht A

  • Sailing Yacht A
  • Sailing Yacht A
  • Sailing Yacht A
  • Sailing Yacht A
  • Sailing Yacht A

The Sailing Yacht was built as project 787 ‘White Pearl’. She has been delivered by Nobiskrug to her owner in 2017. She is the world’s largest sailing yacht. Who is her owner? Andrey Melnichenko.

She is very large – 143 meters or 469 ft with a beam of 25 meters or 82 ft. She has 8 decks. She features a 1 ft thick glass underwater observation area located in the keel.

Cost Price

The yacht’s value is widely reported in the media to be over EUR 400 million or US$ 500 million. We think that her price was around US$ 600 million. We calculated this amount based on her very large displacement of 12,558 tons. A value of US$ 600 million would be US$ 48,000 per ton. Which is actually a relatively low amount. Nowadays a high-quality yacht, built in Northern Europe, will cost you around US$ 65,000 per ton. (Which would make SY A’s value around US$ 800,000,000).


The Sailing Yacht is designed by Philippe Starck. Some of her design features are similar to the motor yacht A. Her composite masts are the largest in the world. She is powered by a hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers.


The yacht’s owner is Andrey Melnichenko.

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Sailing Yacht A – Interior

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  • Sailing Yacht A interior


Not much is known about the interior of the sailing yacht. And no official interior photos have been released. But these photos give a glimpse of her interior. Some of the photos above are from Melnichenko’s Motor Yacht A. Her 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 the sailing yacht 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.

Delivery in 2017

She was delivered to the owner in early May 2017. Delivery was in Monaco by the project team led by Dirk Kloosterman. It was after having completed her final sea trials in the Navantia shipyard in Cartagena. And after final tests and inspections in Gibraltar. See an amazing video of the yacht leaving Germany hereunder.

Arrest in Gibraltar

Gibraltar media report that the yacht was arrested in Gibraltar. This was 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 was not 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.


We came aware of some technical and legal issues regarding SY A. It seems her designed draught was 8 meters.

Her actual weight was less than her designed weight, causing a draft of 7.5 meters instead of 8 meters. This affected the yacht’s handling. And a portion of the yacht’s bulbous bow (which is intended to sit below the waterline) in fact showed above it. Which was considered unsightly.

It was tried to solve the issue by adding extra weight to the yacht. But a calculation mistake was made, and the yacht was still too light. We were told there is still litigation going on regarding the settlement of the financial damage.

SY A Tenders

SY A has 4 amazing tenders, designed by Philippe Starck. They are built by Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders in New Zealand.

Tender 1 is a carbon fiber speedboat was designed for the exclusive use of the owner and his wife. It is a private escape boat without any crew to operate her. Her top speed is an impressive 53 knots.

Tender 2 is a luxury limousine tender for use all year round in both warm and cold climates. The vessel is intended for the transport of guests from the main vessel to shore. Or to other vessels keeping the passengers cocooned in a protected environment away from the elements.

The vessel is operated by 2 crew. She can seat 8 passengers inside the open tub. Her top speed is 35 knots.

Tender 3 is another luxury limousine tender. With panorama windows giving a clear view of the area. She is also operated by 2 crew and can accommodate 8 guests. We estimate her top speed at more than 30 knots.