Back in March, the comprehensive megayacht of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov sailed into rough waters. Dilbar was located in Germany at the time, and hadn’t been seized. In the interim, it has been. In Hamburg it was, and in Hamburg it shall remain for the time being.
Dilbar is the work of Lürssen, a prominent European yard that specializes in superyachts. Lürssen has built yachts for several Russian oligarchs, many of whom made their fortunes in the moral and financial free-for-all that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 512-foot Dilbar is perhaps a prime example of the resulting extravagance; at launch it was the largest superyacht in the world, although now it registers at around sixth biggest. It reportedly carried a price tag as high as $800 million.
But even after seizure, the oligarchs sail on. Many, you see, have several yachts. And Usmanov is one of them. He allegedly owns a backup named Alaiya; another yacht built by Lürssen, she spans 365 feet.
Motoryacht Alaiya—formerly Tis—features exterior and interior styling by way of Andrew Winch; her naval architecture includes a displacement steel hull and an aluminum superstructure. She is outfitted with a long list of amenities, including a helipad and a stabilization system for at-anchor and underway roll reduction.
Alaiya can sleep 18 guests across her nine cabins, and she has onboard berthing for her crew members across 20 cabins. She has a top speed of 18 knots, while her cruising speed slots at about 10.
Alaiya reportedly came with a price tag of around $300 million.
Usmanov is a mining tycoon; he was an early Facebook investor. His net worth is currently around $15 billion according to Forbes.