Russian banker and billionaire Oleg Tinkov, who is estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of $2.3 billion, has ordered the first private Damen SeaXplorer 77m/252ft icebreaker yacht named LA DATCHA with the intention of offering her for luxury yacht charter.
Mr. Tinkov intends to spend up to 20 weeks per year aboard the ice-breaker vessel, which is being built with six decks, a 14-metre beam and a draft of 6.5 metres to form an interior volume of 2,560 GT.
The superyacht is being built as part of the billionaire’s luxury recreational project also named ‘La Datcha’, which is comprised of several holiday hikes in lavish luxury destinations such as Cabo San Lucas on the Mexico Baja California peninsula, and the Val Thorens chalet in the French Alps.
On board, there will be an extensive variety of water toys and the current list is set to include a submarine, 4 x Waverunners and 2 x snow scooters. Two helicopters, a VIP tender/rescue boat, a beach lander tender, dive support tender and a pair of expedition RIBS are also stored on board for safety and transport.
The interior design from Amels and Damen will feature floor-to-ceiling windows in the observation lounge, main salon and Owner’s suite, and on the upstairs observation deck. For relaxation, there will be an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, a sauna, steam bath, massage room and fully-equipped gym.
The accommodation provides for up to 12 guests over six lavish en-suite cabins that include two Master suites and two VIP staterooms, and all have walk-in wardrobes. The accommodation also sleeps a crew and expedition staff of 25.
Once completed, expedition yacht LA DATCHA is expected for delivery in autumn 2020 for a public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2020, following which she will be available for charter starting from €690,000,000 per week plus expenses.
Her current cruising itinerary places her in Greece in September/October 2020 before heading south to the Seychelles and Madagascar. Other destinations on offer include Thailand and Malaysia, North and South Kamchatka in one of Russia’s most dramatic coastal regions, the Kuril Islands, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska, where her ice-breaking hull capable of getting through ice 40 centimetres thick will be put to good use. In addition, her ability to maintain autonomy for up to 40 days will be particularly useful for visiting remote islands.
According to Forbes, a Russian businessman has already expressed interest in a six-month-long luxury yacht charter and Microsoft founder Bill Gates intends to secure a three-week superyacht charter on board.