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