The Asian-Dutch 42 metre superyacht Star
A new example of exquisite craftsmanship from Kingship – the brand new 42 meter superyacht Star was unveiled on the occasion of the 2012 Hainan Rendez-Vous. The vessel was reportedly penned down by the famous Dutch Vripack. The yard that built it, Kingship, was awarded the Best Asian Yacht Builder prize at the Asia Boating Awards 2012.
There are few things that pop out at the sight of this vessel. It encompasses a great deal of traditionalism. Its hull, painted in navy blue, resembles older yacht styles, just like the ones built in the ’60s. It’s a premiere for Vripack, as this is the first project of this sized they’ve tended to, of Asian craftsmanship.
The Sales Director of Vripack, Marnix Hoekstra, stated that the Star perfectly mirrors their design philosophy, an important principle for the Chinese yachting industry, a newcomer into the world of yachting. He declared: “The Chinese seem to like that, not so much the mahogany teak interiors but much more the contemporary modern interiors.”
The main sitting area on the vessel, the main saloon, is a superb, cozy place to lounge in. It’s modern, tranquil and combines efficient space distribution with sleek lines and interesting designs. It is painted in cool, subtle tones, allowing for eye-catching contrasts between the off white based ambiance and the luxury materials and amenities it features.
The saloon sports a large, L-shaped sofa in the middle, light grey carpeting and plush, comfortable cushions decked in retro palettes. All these are completed by brown-suéde chairs that resemble Mies Van Der Rohe’s famous Bauhaus-like Barcelona ones. In addition, the saloon features a large central piece that can either be used as a lounge sitter or a table.
Fore, the dining room can be found, a place of culinary enjoyment and after-meal pleasure. It sports a large, white dining table, surrounded by contemporary grey dining chairs. Elegant and superbly decorated, this is an exquisitely refined spot, balanced in both design and materials.
The fore main deck includes the elegant master suite and provides access to all the accommodation facilities. A central staircase connects the interior decks, also allowing a remarkable flow of light to protrude inside the boat. The lobby area and the private office boast with an incredible amount of light, plus create some sort of private atmosphere before entering the full beam master stateroom, a minimalistic chamber.
Also, fore, an immense en-suite bathroom prolongs the elegant style of the Star, decked with white and off-white shades, a large bathtub, separate toilet, large shower area and dashes of fresh color, providing continuity to the master suite. Overall, the superyacht boasts with 5 guest cabins, being able to accommodate up to 12 guests, including the owners.
The lower deck features two twins and two doubles, similarly designed and luminous. The cabins boast with en suite bathrooms, including shower areas, and are decked in off white tints, minimalism and decorations similar to Star’s overall design. Furthermore, the crew has been reserved ample amounts of space, located close to their respective work spots.
A cozy, informal lounge is located on the upper deck and features a fabled Eames Lounge Chair, decked in bold red leather upholstery. The upper saloon also includes two sofas, one of them L-shaped, large butterfly sliding doors aft and huge windows to allow for ample flows of light.
Let’s not forget if a vessel like this bears such luxury inside, builders should equal it outside. The fact has been accomplished here as well, through luxurious, large, perfectly appointed settings and incredible panoramas. An amazing al fresco area lies on the upper aft deck, with a round table that provides maximum dining pleasure. A set of stairs leads upwards, where the sun deck provides enough sunny experiences and socialization to accomplish everyone’s needs.
The Star is a true testimony for elegance, style, talent and extraordinary designing and building capabilities.