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FOR SALE: Former SOVIET spy ship converted into luxury superyacht

PortandTerminal.com, June 21, 2020

Cold War espionage is not often linked to superyachts, but a Russian spy boat is exactly how 226-foot Olivia started out in life.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – A 225-foot Russian navy ship was converted into a luxury ice-class superyacht named Olivia and is now on sale for nearly $27 million with Burgess Yachts.

The navy ship was first assembled in 1972 by Finnish maker Laivateollisuus to serve as a hydrographic surveying vessel for the Russian Navy.

In 2011 the ship was converted into a luxury yacht with amenities like a 12-person jacuzzi and 12-person jacuzzi and a movie theater. Olivia can accommodate up to 10 guests and 26 crew members.

“She was a commercial boat built in Finland, and then used as a survey ship for the Russian military operating for months at a time in high latitudes ‘allegedly’ surveying the seabed, but in actual fact, she was a spy ship,” Burgess broker Tim Vickers told Robb Report during a virtual tour.

The yacht’s transformation was completed by Rouvia Road Yacht Design and Construction and Droulers Architecture, focusing on both the interior and exterior of the ice-class navy ship.

The plush amenities and design aboard Olivia disguise, but pay homage, to the yacht’s previous life.

The former Russian navy ship turned yacht has a range of 15,000 nautical miles, about 17,262 miles.

Yacht upper deck
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

The ship has 39-foot wide beam.

Yacht upper deck. Lounge chairs
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

Ample deck spaces for entertaining

Yacht Upper Deck. Lounge Chairs
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

The crane is one of the former Soviet ship’s standout features, able to lift large tenders and other big toys from the foredeck. 

Crane on yacht lifting tender boat
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

According to Burgess Yachts, the interior has a “contemporary calm” look.

Interior living area on yacht
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

Olivia can accommodate up to 10 guests

Bedroom on yacht
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

The ship also has accommodations for up to 26 crew members.

Bathroom on yacht
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

The owner’s cabin comes with a private office

Office on yacht
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

The captain, who has been with the family for over 30 years, enjoys a standalone cabin on the Jacuzzi deck. 

Jacuzzi on deck of yacht
PHOTO: Burgess Yachts

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