Worth $20.7 billion, Vagit Alekperov is the fourth-richest person in Russia. With such unending chasms of wealth come some tangible, sailable benefits, and Alekperov has two of them in the form of a 108 million superyacht Galactica and a relatively modest 114-footer vessel ‘Space’. The Russian tycoon who owns Heesen is one of the world’s largest superyacht builders and was sanctioned by the UK in April. While his 262-foot all-aluminum flagship Galactica remains in Harlingen, the Netherlands, undergoing finishing work, Space, initially known as Galactica Plus, was very capable of being seized. It is believed the decade-old motoryacht is rather quick and is now moored on safe shores after making a quick trip from Tuzla, Turkey, to Sochi, Russia. As per Marine Traffic, Space is currently moving around in the Black Sea.
‘Space’ is a much smaller boat than the grand Galactica and boasts a top speed of 27 knots (50 kms / hr). That undoubtedly contributed in great measure to her brisk journey back to Russia. For now, Heesen’s most extensive and the biggest all-aluminum yacht ever built, Galactica is staying put at the Heesen shipyard in the Netherlands, while the swift Space megayacht is away from the talons of seizure.
It could be called a victory for Alekperov, who has achieved a feat that no Russian oligarch or tycoon could accomplish, barring Russia’s richest man Alexei Mordashov who saved his $500 million megayacht ‘Nord‘ from being impounded. The steel billionaire splurged an astronomical $465,000 in refueling the tuxedo-donning warship to race it at full speed to Russia. He even brooked perilous steps, such as turning off the location transponders, to bring his 464 feet vessel home. Let’s take a closer look at the splendid Space superyacht:
Stunning features of the sprightly Space superyacht:
Vagit Alekperov’s raised pilothouse motor yacht is designed by Omega Architects and the in-house Heesen team. The luxury vessel is intended to be a contemporary superyacht, so it remains relevant even a decade later. The space of her 21-feet beam is kept minimalistic to avoid looking constricted.
The design team of Omega Architects relies on light tones, warm blues, and grays to lend a breezy yet dapper ambiance. The subtle nautical hues selected make the interiors look open and airy.
The colors, materials, and finishes are maintained throughout the luxury boat and are witnessed in the main saloon, the dining area, and the guest suites. There are no flashy themes, no showy decor ideas, just a no-nonsense, sleek, and dynamic yacht for those who enjoy the therapeutic act of sailing.
The Space superyacht does offer multiple entertainment options in the form of a home cinema that’s an enjoyable space flanked with oversized sofas. Food, wine, and mingling occur on an al-fresco area on the aft terrace for a casual setting or in the formal dining room for occasions. For the adventurous, Space offers a fun water slide addition along with several top-notch water toys such as a flyboard, jet surf, freestyle waterslide, and sky scout, shared Luxatic.
The 114-footer hits a top speed of 27 knots and brags a range of 1,400 nautical miles. The yacht accommodates eight guests in well-appointed cabins, while the owner resides in a full-beam main suite. A crew of 5 maintains the yacht and looks after the guests.