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Lobanov STAR: The World's Priciest Yacht

The futuristic Lobanov star will be the world's priciest (and pointiest) yacht

Published: Nov 29, 2014 06:54:19 AM IST
Updated: Nov 29, 2014 11:36:49 AM IST
Lobanov STAR: The World's Priciest Yacht
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When poet John Masefield asked for a “tall ship and a star to steer her by”, he never imagined the radical superyacht whose striking look was unveiled in September by Russia-born boat designer Igor Lobanov and the British naval-engineering firm BMT Nigel Gee. The aptly named STAR is shaped like the top half of one—it is 433 feet long and astoundingly tall, rising to a point nearly 200 feet above the waterline. With more than 37,000 square feet of interior space across eight decks, the futuristic vessel could be used as a private (if conspicuous) craft or a luxurious floating hotel. But there’s one celestial catch: An astronomical price tag. The Lobanov STAR will cost more than $500 million and take an estimated four years to build. Start stowing away that down payment today.

(This story appears in the 12 December, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)