The yacht has been anchored for over a year, and the local government has decided it’s time to part ways with it, according to The Wall Street Journal. The cost of maintaining the yacht in a seaworthy condition is a staggering $30,000 per week. This financial burden ultimately falls on the taxpayers of the small island nation, which has a population of just 93,000.
The expenses include salaries for the yacht’s captain and six crew members, who must keep the vessel ready to sail at a day’s notice. Just the diesel fuel to keep the yacht’s air conditioning running $2.800.
If the system is turned off, the yacht could develop mold and mildew within days.
The country has tried to sell the yacht multiple times. Among the bidders was former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who reportedly offered $67 million for the vessel. However, selling a seized asset is a complex legal matter.
The 270-foot yacht reportedly belongs to Russian oligarch Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, who fell out of favor due to his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If you happen to have a large sum of money to spare, the yacht comes fully equipped with a dance floor, beauty salon, spa, gym, a large swimming pool, and much more.
Another of Putin’s favored oligarchs has had the world’s largest superyacht confiscated.