The World’s Largest Sailing Yacht

What you’re looking at isn’t some craft plying the wastes of the outer planets. It isn’t a particularly confusing sculpture a billionaire has commissioned. What it is, rather, is a particularly confusing megayacht a billionaire has commissioned. Please welcome Sailing Yacht A, soon to be better known as the White Pearl.

The White Pearl also serves as a nice compliment to Melnichenko’s non-sailing boat that just has a couple of engines, Motor Yacht A. That ones looks less like a spaceship and more like a badass knife, which is something we would like to have, please.

The White Pearl, purchased by Russian industrial billionaire Andrey Melnichenko for the rock bottom price of just about $400,000,000, is 468 feet long, 300 feet high, and sports an underwater observation room, because no yacht is really ayacht without an underwater observation deck, according to the United Kingdom’s Metro.

Seen departing for its sea trials from the shipyard in Kiel, Germany, where it was built, it also weighs 14,224 metric tons.

For comparison, I once went in a sailboat during summer camp when I was about 12 and I’m pretty sure that in a rush to get it back to the dock after the lightning warning sounded we capsized it immediately, proving that the supreme desire for survival and life is ultimately fruitless as we strive to forestall our final demise.

Cool boat, though.

source: gizmodo.com by Michael Ballaban

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