This New Star-Shaped Private Yacht Will Have 8 Decks, a Helipad and a Submarine Viewing Deck

by Owen James Burke


Above: Lobanov Design and BMT Nigel Gee‘s 132.7-meter (435-foot) project STAR

But how will it stay upright? “We have undertaken the preliminary hydrodynamics of STAR,” says Project STAR’s Yacht Design Director James Roy, and “(t)he vessel is designed to meet the latest regulations for the unrestricted worldwide operation of passenger ships & yachts.”

Above the waterline of BMT Group and Igor Lobanov’s design,  looks a bit like a molded sail, about which one can only help but wonder how it will handle high seas.


Project STAR, which was first conceived on a cocktail napkin by Alex Malybaev of FIRMA after he and designer Igor Lobanov came to the conclusion that today’s yachts are too uniform, and modern architecture is at a loss in the marine industry.

The subsea viewing station, located in the keel, is smaller than Jacques Rougerie’s research vessel, the SeaOrbiter, but this vessel will be more of a luxury yacht for entertaining, and will have capacity for over 200 day guests for parties and other events, and 36 overnight guests for voyaging.


With a range of 5,000 nautical miles at an average speed of 14 knots per hour, project STAR should be able to make New York City from London in under 11 days (twice as slow as the QE II, but you’ll have a window on the sea for the entire ride).


All photographs via BMT Group

Below the waterline, it’s got a very similar design to a classic sailing sloop, but with an exhaust stack in the place and shape of a sail, how will they keep the keel in the water?

Learn more at BMT Group — OB

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