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Spend a night in a luxury aircraft carrier in China

Room inside Kiev, former soviet aircraft carrier

Inside Kiev: silver drapes and white leather furniture

While the first Chinese aircraft carrier is experiencing sea trials, the second one is ready to welcome guests into its 5 lavish presidential suites. Kiev is a former Soviet aircraft carrier bought in 1996 to be part of a military theme park. After a £9.8 million refit, it has been transformed as a luxury hotel for anyone curious to sleep in an military vessel.

Varyag, their first aircraft carrier, was initially introduced as a future floating casino and was then secretely taken to Dalian naval shipyard where it was upgraded with combat sensors and defensive weapons and was painted in the colors of the People’s Liberation Army. The government admitted later it was actually to strengthen their naval fleet.

While the rest of the world is having concerns about this addition to their army, the Chinese people are becoming more and more curious about their naval fleet. Binhai Aircraft Park seized the opportunity to enable the wealthy ones to spend the night and visit a luxury aircraft carrier.

Have a look at the pictures of the interior of this luxurious vessel.

Kiev docked

Kiev docked

One of the presidential luxurious suites in former Soviet aircraft carrier

One of the presidential luxurious suites

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Chinese superyacht market is growing significantly

Superyacht in Europe

Superyachts are getting more attractive in Asia

While out of the 412 billionaires in the United States only 7% own a superyacht, Chinese billionaires are getting more and more interested in superyachts. With 115 billionaires and about 875,000 millionaires, they are ranked 2nd in the world right behind the USA.

Back in 2003 the market was almost non existent in People’s Republic of China. Yet Sunseeker was one of the first to enter it at that time and China CEO Trangott Kaminski say they surely have “the appetite and the deep pocket for a thriving yacht culture”. China has been growing incredibly fast lately and so has the number of super rich people, getting more and more interested in luxury toys such as superyachts.

So far there is only about 1,300 private yachts in China compared to the 17 million in the US. Last year’s imports were merely around 100 yachts, certainly due to the 42% on foreign yachts. Moreover, Chinese people have a very different culture and do not enjoy sunbathing, going to the beach as much as Western cultures. Although this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show had a lot of success with over 20,000 visitors, and many Chinese buyers for yachts over HK$200,000.

With Chinese population today representing about 20% of world’s total, the superyacht market is expected to become even bigger than the European within the next 20 years. Chief Executive Dustan McCoy told Bloomberg recently that they “believe the long-term potential in the marine business is larger than anywhere else in the world”.

Superyacht Deck photo

The yachting industry needs to adapt to the Chinese cultural differences

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Power Trimaran Adastra: concept by John Shuttleworth

Photo of Adastra, Power Trimaran Super Yacht

Adastra

Adastra is a 139 foot (42.5m) power trimaran designed by John Shuttleworth. She is being built in China at McConaghy Boats, for Hong Kong clients Anto and Elaine Marden, already owners of Mazinga, a sailing trimaran from the same designer.

Adastra’s futuristic look gets her called “alien attack vessel” by some bloggers. The hull is made of glass and Kevlar foam while carbon fiber is used for the rest of the yacht, making it lightweight. The interior is light weight oak using honeycomb panels, and is designed by Jepsen Designs in Hong Kong.

Guest room from Adastra, power triamaran

Guest room

The luxury trimaran has low fuel consumption thanks to a fully automated fuel management system. The outrigger height has been optimized for ease motion at sea and a new outrigger shape has been developed to increase stability in waves. Powered by a main Caterpillar engine and two outrigger Yanmar engines, her max speed is 22.5 knots and she can cover 4000 miles when cruising at 17 knots.

Adastra Aft Deck - Power Trimaran rendering

Aft Deck

Her 16m beam allows a spacious salon area on the main deck with a panoramic view on the waterscape. Forward facing door through the window gives an easy access to s large sunbed on the foredeck.A lounge area and dining area is located on the aft deck, as well as a space for a 4.9m tender and below is a garage for another 3.1m tender. The garage door folds out to create a large diving platform.

Main deck interior of yacht Adastra, power trimaran

Main Deck interior

The full width master cabin is located aft with access from the deck salon, two further guest cabins, accommodation for the crew, and the galley located forward of the engine room.

Adastra Power Trimaran Superyacht rendering

Adastra

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