That owner is allegedly the former father-in-law of Roman Abramovich and one of the many Russian millionaires with ties to the oil and gas industry. Alexander Zhukov made his fortune as an oil trader and was once related to Abramovich, who was married to Zhukov’s daughter, Dasha Zhukova.
Truly fit for a millionaire, Sibelle is a 164-foot (50 meters) vessel with a striking appearance. Frank Laupman from Omega architects, together with Mikhail Labazov and Andrei Savin from the Architectural Bureau A-B Studio, designed Sibelle’s exterior with contrasting bands of glass wrapped around the superstructure. Heesen sums it up as “complex simplicity.”
A balanced yacht, Sibelle is small enough to be able to anchor in remote bays that are more difficult to access, while also offering all the luxury amenities of bigger superyachts. This includes a state-of-the-art wellness area and a huge foredeck where the tenders are kept, also doubling as an entertainment area.
Fitted with twin MTU engines, it’s also surprisingly fast, able to reach 18.5 knots (21 mph/34 kph). When cruising at half that speed, it can ensure a medium range of 3,150 nautical miles (3,620 miles/5,800 km).
For unknown reasons, the Russian oil trader has apparently decided this would be a good time to part with this custom superyacht that’s been mysterious until now. It’s listed for sale at Ocean Independence for €27.5 million ($27.3 million) and will also make an appearance at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.