Azerbaijani billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov’s yacht, Luna, measures some 377 feet in length, and comes with a toys and tenders collection that includes a small submarine—not surprising, as Luna is an explorer.
The massive watercraft is the work of Lloyd Werft Shipyard, based in Bremerhaven, Germany; the firm was in the news earlier this year when it filed for bankruptcy. Luna, too, has been the object of some contention, as a messy divorce between Akhmedov and his wife Tatiana put the lavish private liner into ownership limbo while the formerly wedded couple duked it out in the courts; additionally, it has been a pawn in the current messiness between Russia and the West, and was seized according to EU sanctions while moored in Bremen this spring.
At one time, Luna was the largest explorer yacht afloat; she now registers as second largest. She also once carried the largest swimming pool of any yacht afloat, although where her 20-meter pool falls now in the pantheon of not-so-skinny dippers is unknown. Her other amenities include nine decks, across which she can sleep 18 guests. She also features two helipads—the dual-helipad layout has been de rigueur for yachts owned by Russian oligarchs for about a decade now.
Interestingly, Luna was originally commissioned by Roman Abramovich, who has apparently owned every megayacht—or least half of them. His current fleet includes: Solaris and Eclipse, and possibly Garçon and Halo. Eclipse, the largest of the lot, measures in at 550 feet.
Akhmedov made his fortune in Russia’s oil and gas sector. His net worth is around $1.7 billion, according to Forbes.