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Reach for the Star

Published on November 7, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

“All superyachts look the same”. Right?! To the untrained eye, maybe a little, yes. So how are you going to stand out from the crowd? A 60-metre-tall star should do it.


Yep, meet ‘Star’ from Southampton-based naval architects BMT, Turin-based yacht designer Igor Lobanov and Moscow-based branding expert Alex Malybaev. A stellar international effort.


The story goes that Alex and Igor exchanged some thoughts about yachting and felt that the industry had slipped behind, remaining stagnant, while modern architecture, product design and car design marched on ahead.


“Malybaev penned an idea ‘on a napkin’ and asked me if a yacht could be like that,” said Igor. “I looked at the sketch and set to work.


The idea was so great that I wanted to prove it could become a yacht.” The result is ‘Star’ – designed to outshine all others.

With a cluster of four lifts accessing eight decks totalling 60 metres in height, Star has around 3,500m² of interior living space to play with across a length of 132 metres.


Amongst her defining features are an underwater viewing deck, a top-deck viewing platform offering visibility up to 20km in the distance, a helipad, and enough overnight accommodation for 36 guests – although you could easily throw a party for 200.




Star’s maximum speed would be a more-than-respectable 18 knots with a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 14 knots – that’s an Atlantic crossing at its widest point, and then some. She has fully azimuthing propulsion which, between you and me, means that she doesn’t need traditional anchors, goes rudder-free, and can rotate within her own length to follow the sun.



This could be a private paradise for a billionaire, or the most exclusive and extravagant re-deployable boutique hotel the world has ever set its eyes on.


James Roy from BMT said that this unconventional design could set a precedent for some drastically different superyachts in years to come, “Star is a tangible view of a 21-century interpretation of art and science.


We are fortunate to live in an era where technology makes the delivery of bolder designs more possible – for clients who are adventurous innovators anything is truly possible.”

There is no indication of how much this vessel could cost to build, but if you’re going to reach for the stars, the price tag is almost irrelevant.





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