Russian vodka baron's $423m superyacht arrives in NZ

Publish Date
Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 8:46AM

This is amazing...... all on the back of selling a few bottles of vodka.

One of the world's biggest superyachts has arrived in Auckland this morning. The Serene is longer than a rugby field and is within the biggest dozen privately owned superyachts now afloat. It is owned by Yuri Schefler, a vodka tycoon and enemy of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ has arranged the visit and is providing services for it while it is here, and managing director Duthie Lidgard said the $423 million Serene will be the biggest superyacht to visit this country. Details from yacht charter websites show the vessel has a helicopter hangar, two helipads and a submarine hangar. There is an underwater viewing space and the vessel has 12 luxurious staterooms for 24 guests who are tended by up to 52 crew.