You remember the Alfa Nero, right? The superyacht abandoned by a Russian oligarch, seized by Antigua, and later sold to a former Google CEO for four percent of the island nation’s GDP? Well, unfortunately for Antigua, that sale fell through earlier this month — leaving the country on the hook once again for thousands of dollars a month in maintenance.
The Alfa Nero may not be allowed to leave port, but that doesn’t mean the ship is sitting vacant in its slip. The boat needs to be constantly air-conditioned in order to keep the hardwood floors and leather interior pristine which ensures Antigua receives top dollar when — if — it ever sells. That means its diesel generators must constantly be running, burning through $2,000 in fuel every day. The boat also requires a skeleton crew on hand to keep it shipshape. Luxury Launches spoke with the Antigua Yacht Club dockmaster, who provided some insight:
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