$500 Million Star-Shaped Yacht Perfect For Super Villains
A new concept for a superyacht measuring 433-feet long and nearly 200 feet high, was announced last month by the BMT Group. The idea for the yacht was first sketched out by a Russian advertising executive on a napkin and then fleshed-out by industrial designer Igor Lobanov, according to BMT. “Outside the marine industry, all yachts look the same: it seems that modern architecture, product design, and car design have no influence on yachts,” said Lobanov in a statement. With 37,700-square-feet of interior space, eight decks, four elevators, a helipad, and a daytime capacity of 200 guests, but it would shoot across the water at a relatively zippy 18 knots. It’s being marketed as a private yacht or hotel and will cost an estimated $500 million, as Lobanov told Business Insider. The creators of the STAR get points from me for their sheer audacity, but I can’t help but fault their STAR for not being actually star-shaped. Instead, it’s more of a curved triangle, with a long, gently bowed hull. It’s true that in particularly clear waters, the reflection of the top part of the yacht would create the illusion of a four-pointed star sailing through the sky. Before you get too starry-eyed or starstruck or hitch your wagon to this particular STAR, know this: the design is still a concept for now and is just being assessed for technical feasibility.