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September 14, 2016

One of the World’s Most Unusual Superyachts Spotted on the Thames

The nearly 400ft, $300 million superyacht, known simply as Motor Yacht A, was recently spotted cruising up River Thames passing through the world famous Tower Bridge.

Motor Yacht A is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. It is one of the 25 largest yachts in the world, but that is hardly its only distinction. If you think the superyacht looks more like a submarine than a typical billionaire’s luxury yacht, you are right. That is exactly what the somewhat eccentric Melnichenko told designer Philippe Starck he wanted.

Yet, despite Motor Yacht A’s somewhat intimidating military-look, there is no lack of luxuries. She has three swimming pools, including one with a glass floor, magnificent cabins, including an enormous master cabin with wrap-around glass that is said to be bomb-proof, and a cargo bay that can hold two custom built tenders, and a variety of water toys.

Does this superyacht look, or sound interesting to you? She is up for sale. And while 300 million dollars may seem like a hefty price tag, it really isn’t, considering this is one of the most famous yachts in the world, and that is the same price Melnichenko paid for it when he had it custom built. Over the years it has been spotted in places such as Honolulu, Malibu, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Thailand.

Details of Melnichenko’s Super Yacht

“Motor Yacht A” was built by Blohm and Voss in 2008. Besides the incredible master suite, there are six additional guest suites, allowing her to accommodate 14 guests, along with accommodations for a crew of almost 40. She also boasts a helipad, and is said to have a secret “sex room” hidden behind mirrored panels. She also has an on-board disco, walls made of stingray skins, and crocodile skin furniture.

She is powered by twin 6035 hp MAN diesel engines, and is capable of reaching up to 23 knots with a range of 4250 nautical miles.

Motor Yacht A in London

Motor Yacht A pulls up next to the historic warship HMS Belfast – Courtesy London Daily Mail

Melnichenko, who made his massive fortune in coal and real estate, lives a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle with his wife, Aleksandra, a former model and pop star from Serbia.

Other Unique Luxury Motor Yachts

Motor Yacht A will have to find a very unique buyer, who can appreciate its unique look and design as much as former owner Melnichenko. If you are interested in something a bit more conventional, we do have some of the most popular motor yachts in the 70-140ft range available in our new and pre-owned inventory.



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