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    JoshA is offline
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    Looming soon off Gustavia

    The world's largest sailing yacht. Pretty close to the ugliest as well.




    Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko's 'Sailing Yacht A' is an upgrade to the Russian billionaire's current multi-million pound 'Motor Yacht A,' that set him back £190million.
    At 468ft in length, with ship masts nearing 300ft high, the 'mega-yacht,' has eight floors and includes an underwater observation room.
    Superyachtfan.com reports that the boat is powered by a 'hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers,' and is designed to accommodate 20 guests and a crew of 54.
    The yacht was designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck and built by German Naval Yards, Nobiskrug.
    Mr Melnichenko is expected to recover some of the costs by licensing the technology developed for the vessel for commercial applications.


    See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/tr...tion-room.html for many pictures.

    Have eye bleach handy.



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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Agree it sure is an eyesore!

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    goldold25 is offline
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    I wouldn't want to be the helicopter pilot to land or take off between those two masts.
    Always planning my next trip.

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    This Is Officially the World's Largest Superyacht And It Is Massive

    We're not gonna need a bigger boat.




    TECHSeptember 22, 2015 By Jared Keller
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    This may be the yacht to end all yachts.

    Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, the coal and fertilizer baron with an estimated personal wealth of $9.2 billion, unveiled a massive superyacht on Monday. Clocking in at 468 feet long and boasting masts near 300 feet high, 'Sailing Yacht A' — named as such to "ensure it is listed first in shipping registers," according to the Daily Mail — is reportedly the largest superyacht on the planet.
    Here's a video of this bad boy in action from radio station NDR 1 Welle Nord:








    This thing is an absolute beast, featuring eight stories, an underwater observation room, a helicopter pad, and God knows what other amenities. The Daily Mail's overview of the ship's schematics is particularly fascinating:
    The epic vessel boasts a staggering eight decks and its keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made at 193 square feet and weighs a whopping 1.8 tons.

    It dwarfs other famous super-yachts like The Maltese Falcon, which is 298 ft and weighs 1,367 tons.

    Cruise speed of the ship is 18 mph, with a top speed of 24 mph. The hull is made of steel, with a teak-finish deck.
    The yacht will have a high-tech digital control system operated using a touch sensitive sheet of black glass in the bridge.
    This will allow the crew to raise and lower the sails and even drop the anchor with a brush of their fingers.

    Sure, it's a beaut, but you'll never, ever afford a boat like this. Melnichenko shelled out £260 million (or almost $400 million) for this luxurious behemoth, which is set to take its first se trial in Kiel, Germany later this month.
    But that doesn't make it any less impressive: as Benjamin Maltby of global yacht consultancy MatrixLloyd told the Mail,"not since the days of mighty clipper sailing ships such as the Cutty Sark has such a large sailing vessel been built."



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    Voosh is offline
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    Spent some time on a Laser out on Lake Michigan chop. Coast Guard helo flew over (maybe they were concerned cuz I was so far out?) I waved. They waved. I felt like a billion dollars. Life is schweet.
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    JoshA is offline
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    Those mast cranes remind me of something.




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    amyb is offline
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    Nice bird shots, Bart.
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    Bart -my real name- is offline
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    Thanks, but that was Josh...........!!

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    JoshA is offline
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    Thanks, Bart, but the egret and sandhill crane shots were someone else's.

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    amyb is offline
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    Thanks for being here, Bart and Josh.
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    islander is offline
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    Not impressed (yea I know, a negative comment again but really that thing is so ugly, I can't help it).

    Please someone quickly post a beautiful picture of Endeavour asap. I need a fix for talent & beauty.

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    NYCFred is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldold25 View Post
    I wouldn't want to be the helicopter pilot to land or take off between those two masts.
    yeah. You'd hit the boom, for one.
    Neutral and Witty.

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    NYCFred is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Not impressed (yea I know, a negative comment again but really that thing is so ugly, I can't help it).

    Please someone quickly post a beautiful picture of Endeavour asap. I need a fix for talent & beauty.
    Nah. FWIW, I wouldn't %$## on this if it was on fire...
    Neutral and Witty.

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    islander is offline
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    OK, want a positive post? Here you go: http://lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr/

    This is what I call beauty on the water...

    D-4, and counting!

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    JoshA is offline
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    Philippe Starck has jumped the shark.

    He could have stopped at M/Y 'A'



    Instead he ruined S/Y 'A'
    And did no favor for Andrey

    Did they not see the J-class sail
    or know that Endeavor is for sale?




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    MIke R is offline
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    you want beauty on the water?...power boats...

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    JoshA is offline
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    The Hinckley picnic boat looks good for a powerboat but I like the quiet beauty of sail.


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    MIke R is offline
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    try dealing with saillboat skippers as a launch boat driver..

    "the wind is free..isn't everything else free too?"...LOL
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    elgreaux is offline
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    I'd take just about any sailboat over a power boat... this one was an eye-catcher at The Bucket

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    JoshA is offline
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    Yeah, wide and flat seems to be the racing monohull design these days. Not for quiet contemplation.


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    T3 is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshA View Post
    The Hinckley picnic boat looks good for a powerboat but I like the quiet beauty of sail.
    In 1910, the Inter-Bay Catboat Association in the Long Island area encouraged boatbuilders to build catboats "free from all freak features" such as the exaggerated overhang of the not-plumb stern and the lines of the Patchogue in your picture... many traditionalists of that time would have regarded the Gilbert Smith inspired design as a corruption of a classic rather than as a beauty...

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    JoshA is offline
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    Catboats are cool - even the geeky ones.


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    MIke R is offline
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    I learned on a cat boat ( and on a beetle cat ) ....they are very cool indeed
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    Beetle cats are classic. They even look good covered up on a mooring.


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    My opinion of a pretty sailboat

    As one of the few posters on this forum who comes and goes to the island by sailboat, this my opinion of a pretty boat (Callisto, in Gustavia inner harbor).Name:  IMG_0453.jpg
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    Callisto, Does the the lone star still fly in Gustavia? Your boat is indeed Καλλίστη - "most beautiful"

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    JoshA is offline
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    Callisto is a beauty. Clipper bow and all that tumblehome aft. Tell us more.

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    Not in SBH, but our baby.

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    tim is offline
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    I made the photos of your lovely vessel a little larger. I had one that looked very similar, a Bristol 47, that I sailed around the Caribbean and other places for eight years before buying our home on St. Barth.
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    JoshA is offline
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    You have a beautiful baby, Deb. Tim, I'm sure you have some photos of your boat to share, n'est-ce pas?

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