$300 million yacht sails Hawaiian Islands
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A $300 million yacht belonging to a Russian billionaire continues to cruise the Hawaiian Islands.
The mega-yacht has been spotted in waters off Honolulu, Kona and now Wailea on Maui.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the nearly 400-foot yacht dubbed "A" was designed by Philippe Starck and completed in 2008. It costs more than $20 million a year to maintain and filling its gas tank costs more than $500,000.
The sleek- and modern-designed boat also includes 23,600 square feet of living space.
Owner, Andrey Melnichenko is cited by Forbes as the No. 102 richest person in the world and worth $11.8 billion.
Superyachts.com rates A as the 17th largest superyacht in the world.
According to published reports the yacht has six guest suites a helipad, three swimming pools, one of which is glass-bottomed and can be viewed from the below-deck disco.
The vessel staffs 37 people. Security is tight, with 1.7 inch thick bomb-proof glass in the windows, over 40 CCTV cameras, motion sensors, fingerprint/keypad entry and a rumored escape pod.
Check out the photos of "A" on a mobile device: http://bit.ly/1jTC0t7
Recently another large yacht was spotted cruising around the Hawaiian Islands. The $160 million vessel VAVA II spent weeks in Hawaiian waters.
Another mega-yacht, the $34.5 million dollar Meduse, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was also recently spotted off Kailua-Kona.
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