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What The Hull? The Uber-Boat Rises

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The Lobanov Star, which rises from the water like a celestial body, has no conventional decks or captain’s bridge.

Instead, a shell of hi-tech cladding conceals eight levels of luxurious living space, with 36 guest cabins and room for 200 people.

The perfectly symmetrical 435ft diesel-powered yacht has propellers fore and aft, enabling it to rotate within its own length and to minimise the effects of bad weather on its almost 200ft-tall superstructure. If built, it would become one of the world’s tallest yachts.

 Lobanov Star

Fears that it might keel over at the first hint of a crosswind were misplaced, said James Roy, yacht design director of BMT Nigel Gee, the British engineering firm that turned the concept into a “buildable” design. The yacht has a retractable ballast keel that can be raised or lowered to alter its centre of gravity and keep it upright.

The vessel is the brainchild of Igor Lobanov, a Russian designer who said modern superyachts “all look the same”. A marketing friend agreed and scribbled an idea on a napkin.

“I looked at the sketch and set to work,” said Lobanov.

Roy admitted that the design might prove “a bit audacious” for most billionaires. He thinks it more likely to attract a corporation interested in using it as a promotional tool or even as a floating hotel.

“It could be moored, say, in Rio for the next World Cup, then move somewhere else for another big occasion,” he said

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