— February 2005
By Diane M. Byrne
Have Yachts, Will Travel
This is a story of a man who found a yacht so nice, he ordered it twice.Last fall a young Russian industrialist signed a contract for a pair of identical 127-footers to be built by Burger Boat Company. Even though their aluminum keels haven’t been laid yet, the owner already knows where he’ll keep them: According to Burger, one will be based in Europe, the other based in the United States. Apparently it was a logical decision for him, as he has business interests on both sides of the Atlantic and enjoys leisure time in both regions as well. Areti I and Areti II mark the first time that an owner has commissioned two yachts from Burger at the same time.
The pair will use Burger’s 26'6"-beam hull form, which was previously used for yachts such as Sis-W and Lady Grace Marie. They’ll each be built to ABS X A1 AMS classification and comply with the MCA Code governing the safety of large yachts. Both will be powered by Caterpillar diesels and feature zero-speed stabilization, and both 127-footers’ interiors will feature African cherry paneling and saunas.
Come the summer of 2007, expect to see Areti I cruising the Eastern seaboard, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. If you’ll be in Europe that summer, you might see Areti II in the Med as well as the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, perhaps even the Balkans.
Interestingly, this owner isn’t the only one who’s taken this tactic of keeping yachts around the world. His fellow countryman, Roman Abramovich, bases the members of his megayacht fleet—Pelorus, Le Grand Bleu, Ecstasea, and Sussuro—in different ports. Le Grand Bleu was in New York City late last summer, for example, while Ecstasea was spotted by PMY’s senior editor Capt. Patrick Sciacca in Barcelona in November.
Burger Boat Company ( (920) 686-5104. www.burgerboat.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.