Filed under: Yachts & Sailing
The mysterious Russian businessman who ordered matching yachts is about to get his complete set. A Wisconsin newspaper, The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, says that Burger Boats launched the Areti II, the companion to the Areti I, on Saturday. Areti II is a 127-foot, tri-deck yacht and it will join its bookend, Areti I in St. Augustine, Florida after sea trials on Lake Michigan. Areti II will eventually be shipped off to Europe so that the Russian industrialist will have access to a yacht wherever he travels. The pair of yachts are identical except for different artwork in each and each has a cruising range of around 4,000 miles. The article also gives a clue to the reason behind the names. The owner is associated with Itera USA (Ateri is Itera backwards), a company that has interests in energy, timber and real estate. Likely candidates for the mystery owner therefore seem to be the Chairman of the Board, Igor V. Makarov or the President and CEO Raissa M. Frenkel, PhD.