In a bygone era, wood was the material of choice for yacht construction. These days, of course, aluminum, steel, and composites are essentially all you see. There is, however, an exception to every rule. In this case, the exception is Mikhail S. Vorontsov. Completed just five years ago, this sailing superyacht is entirely made of wood. She suits an owner seeking something quite different.
Currently listed for sale via Ocean Independence, Mikhail S. Vorontsov is different in other ways, too. Given her 172-foot (52.4-meter) LOA, she’s one of the world’s largest yachts made of wood. (A quick side note about that LOA. Some people count her bowsprit in her length, making her 212 feet, or 64.5 meters. But, the bowsprit does not actually count toward true length in terms of how regulatory bodies calculate it.) Between her length and her three-masted schooner style, she’s a sight to see on the water.
The original owner tasked Ken Freivokh Design with giving her graceful styling and equally graceful interior spaces. As you’ll see in our slideshow, the onboard ambiance is classic. Dark woods like mahogany dominate in dining areas, saloons, and staterooms. Though, don’t interpret “dark woods” to mean the interior is dark, or even dim. Freivokh incorporated clever skylights, grouped around the central mast, to ensure plenty of daylight would come inside. In addition, timeless white overheads with dark crossbeams keep things light.
Twelve guests are treated to five staterooms (two with Pullman berths) aboard Mikhail S. Vorontsov, catered to by a crew of 10. All staterooms are below decks as well, in keeping with classic sailing style. Thirty-four (10.5 meters) of beam especially benefit the master suite, which has a convertible nature. A sauna can become part of the private suite by sliding things around.
Mikhail S. Vorontsov is available for €32 million (about $37 million at press time). Take a look onboard.