Some sea sights are well worth a second look - like this unusual looking super yacht that sailed into Singapore waters earlier this week. Named simply "A", she's a floating fortune and is said to be one of the world's most expensive private yachts worth more than US$300 million.
Exuding class and presence even when not moving, warship buffs would notice more than passing similarities between this nautical beauty and the United States Navy's upcoming Zumwalt-class destroyers.
According to Google, super yacht A is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko who built his fortune in energy and banking. Off duty crew lurking pierside were tight-lipped but polite and said nothing.
His bank account apparently paid for a yacht with a futuristic design like no other afloat. At 119 metres long, super yacht A is longer than the Singapore Navy's Formidable-class stealth frigates (114 m). Her wave-piercing bow harks back to the bow design of World War One dreadnoughts. The sleek yacht is more than a showpiece. Her powerful engines push her through the water at a cool 24 knots and she's said to have three 10m long fast craft that can be deployed from a stern hatch.
The single blockhouse superstructure, gently angled sides, clean deck and hull design with a lack of protuberances make her a head-turner.
Painted haze grey, super yacht A would probably make most navies blush with pride.
If only our warships could look as cool as this.
Name: A (yes, just a single letter)
Owner: Andrey Melnichenko
Builder: Blohm und Voss, Germany
Top speed: 24 knots
Range: 6,500 nm
* "A" is said to be named after the billionaire's initials and those of his wife, Aleksandra
* Her radical design has generated waves of love-it-or-hate-it comments on yachting forums
* Her bow is said to be designed to cut through ice sheets