While we are talking about Russians and their favorite luxe toys, superyachts, how can we leave behind the most talked-about Russian man of the moment and his speculated superyacht? The 12th largest yacht in the world, the 460 feet Lürssen yacht named Scheherazade, worth nearly $700 million, possibly belongs to Vladimir Putin himself.
Scheherazade, docked at the Italian Sea Group shipyard in Marina di Carrara, Italy, is under tight protection, implying that it belongs to the Russian President. The ship’s British captain, Guy Bennett-Pearce, completely denied any connection to Putin, telling the New York Times, ‘I have never seen him. I have never met him.’
The interior of the yacht is designed by Zuretti Yacht Design. The vessel is massive, which means ample space for top-class amenities. The megayacht can host as many as 18 guests and a crew of 40 inside the ship that, in no doubt, is plush and modern, though there aren’t many images to support it. The exterior done by Espen Oeino flaunts a four-deck aluminum superstructure, with two large helicopter pads, a large pool, a cinema, and several entertainment areas in addition to a distinguished beach club aft. Among the high-tech security systems is a drone crashing system that ensures maximum privacy.
Talking about performance, MTU engines of 8770 hp power the Scheherazade. It delivers the boat a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots. Scheherazade’s full range is estimated at 7000 nautical miles.
There is also conjecture the owner of this lavish boat is a Middle-Eastern billionaire. Keeping the weather of the Middle-Eastern locales in mind, it starts to make sense why a ship so enormous has relatively little exterior space.
[Via – NY Times]