Andrey Melnichenko’s $300-million mega-yacht is too big for Marina del Rey harbor Photo by Pat Reynolds

Andrey Melnichenko’s $300-million mega-yacht is too big for Marina del Rey harbor
Photo by Pat Reynolds

You know you’ve got a pretty nice-sized yacht when the largest man-made harbor in the United States isn’t big enough to accommodate you.

Such was the case with the 394-foot, $300-million mega-yacht “A” that anchored just north of the Marina del Rey breakwall last week. Reportedly owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, the boat boasts such extravagances as a $60,000 banister rail, three pools, a helipad and a guest room with walls covered in white stingray hides.

According to Forbes magazine, Melnichenko made his fortune beginning with the cofounding of what became one of Russia’s largest private banks. He later got into exporting pipes and creating companies in the fertilizer and coal industries.

— Pat Reynolds

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