Onlookers Marvel at Superyacht Docked Off California Coast

Onlookers Marvel at Superyacht Docked Off California Coast

A $300 million yacht owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko was parked off the coast of Sausalito, California last Wednesday, drawing onlookers onshore as well as boaters in the bay. The 390-foot yacht, called the “A,” apparently arrived Tuesday night or Wednesday morning after a trip up the coast from San Diego. It sports a 2,500-square-foot master suite, three swimming pools and doors accessible by a fingerprint security system.

Melnichenko, 38, who resides in Moscow and is married to model Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko, made his money in the fertilizer, energy and banking businesses. With a net worth of $4.4 billion, Melnichenko is No. 189 on the Forbes list of wealthiest people in the world.

The private yacht is named after the initials of the couple’s first names. It’s 62 feet wide and has an owner’s suite and six cabins at its beam. “A” has a crew of 37, twin 6,000-horsepower engines, carries 12 tons of water for its hot tubs, pools and spas, and can hit speeds of 24 knots, although its cruising speed is around 19.5 knots, which can take it more than 6,500 nautical miles nonstop.

The ship’s two main landing boats are mini-yachts themselves, stretching to 36 feet, boasting plush interiors and costing more than $1 million each, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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