Asian Persuasion Monaco Yachts



Asian Persuasion Monaco Yachts
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SYI 2012 | VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 4
SYI 2012
volume 7
I S S UE 4
Monaco Yachts
Asian Persuasion
E a st M eet s Wes t
sta r
4 4 | S u p e r Ya c h t I n d u s t r y | Volum e 7 | Issue 4
Just as her design fuses classic and modern motifs, the new 42m Star
blends two different worlds. Chinese Kingship and Dutch Vripack teamed
up to create the captivating Star. She is the story of China’s budding
superyacht business bringing a Dutch design to life – a true East meets
West tale.
Her exterior lines with a dark blue hull and off
white superstructure reflect a rather traditional styled
luxury yacht. Star is a ‘gentleman’s yacht’ as
reminiscent romantics would say – with an outside
look and feel reviving a classic 1960s designs.
According to Vripack’s designers, they had quite an
evocative reason for this: “Call it our sense of
nostalgia, but we believe that the yachts of the future
will look like the yachts of the past.”
As Vripack revealed, the synergy between
designers, engineers and everyone in between birthed
the cosmic beauty, worthy of her luminary name.
Vripack’s Sales Director Marnix Hoekstra says: “Our
team spent more than twelve thousand hours to design
every little detail – from her fuel efficient hull to her
chic interiors. The fact that families create new
memories on board our designs gives us the adrenaline
rush to push forward.”
Sleek Lined
Vripack’s naval architects created Star’s efficient
hull with seaworthiness and ocean comfort top of
mind. The two powerful Caterpillar engines achieve
an impressive range of 4,500 nm at an economic speed
of 10 knots and a maximum speed of 13.5 knots. Low
fuel consumption is noticeable due to her sleek hull
lines. The high flared bow and fully curved round
bilge ensures her guests and crew are safe and at ease
– even when the weather is less favorable. As a yacht
designed for adventure, the Dutch naval architects
focused strongly on creating the most efficient and safe
underwater body. Vripack carefully crafted a
silhouette that cuts through the water with ease and
without limitation. Mr Hoekstra: “This is the fifth
boat we are cooperating on and she is the best we have
seen coming out of Asia so far.” Of Star’s sea trials,
Mr Hoekstra exclaimed she performed “as she should,
with not one alarm!”
Cosy Minimalism
In contrast to the classic outside look and feel,
Star’s interior is more minimalistic, or an updated
‘late 1990s’ as Vripack describes it. With their cosy
interior choices, the designers played to the cocooning
trend, where people gather at home to socialise. Star
is a charming home over water. All inside spaces
radiate a fresh, serene atmosphere. The interior
design’s base colour is white with materials and colour
schemes carefully drawn from a natural palette to
keep a harmonic flow. Vripack’s Design Studio
combined hard surfaces, off white ceilings and
counter tops with elegant Alcantara walls and softcushioned seating areas. The idea was to give the
visual objects a different energy than the objects that
come into contact with guests. “The design of Star is
a Dutch minimalistic-meets-homey statement by our
design studio,” says Hoekstra. “It is easy to fit a
gentleman’s yacht with teak or other wood structures.
So we refrained from using it anywhere. The base of
every idea is off white and we carefully built up the
material choices and colour schemes from there.”
Vripack designed Star for the owners to
experience luxury without compromise. The onboard
entertainment system for example can be controlled
remotely by tablet or smartphone. It all comes down
to the details, says Vripack’s Design Director Bart
Bouwhuis: “Another striking example is the little
bench next to the aft deck entrance door. When you
walk up to the passerelle swim platform or wait for the
tender to pick you up, it is nice to be able to sit down
and take off or put on your high heels before you go to
the club.”
Social Creature
Star’s layout is unique, smart and lean. The
spacious main deck features the main salon with
a connected, Miele-equipped galley. A private office
separates the comfy master suite from the public area.
The lower deck accommodates four contemporary
styled guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms, breathing
the ship’s signature cool white atmosphere. Brightly
coloured led-lighting provide a different personal
touch to the rooms. Two of the guest cabins have
additional Pullman beds, allowing a maximum of
twelve guests on board.
The sky lounge has butterfly doors, which can be
opened to allow the outer and inner deck to form a
large open space. The area begs for guest
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entertainment as a straight, wood-inlaid staircase
connects it to the sundeck on fly bridge level. The
designers expect the space to get plenty of attention
with its full size Jacuzzi, comfortable sunpads, open
bar, grill and lounge area. Envisioned for socialising
– this element keeps the design team’s cocooning
focus in mind. Vripack designed the social areas on
the bridge and fly bridge, leaving the aft deck for
two 6m tenders.
As Star journeys around the globe, the crew
needs to be located close to their workspace. The
captain’s cabin is directly next to the bridge and the
engineer next to the engine room in the aft. The
crew area – with a separate staircase – is located at
the front of the lower deck and is completely self
sufficient, equipped with a spacious lounge and
a private kitchen.
Quite exceptional for a 42m superyacht, a fully
air-conditioned, easily accessible engine area allows
the engineer to inspect separate components. The
engineer can also use the separate control room to
operate the mechanical system.
No Compromise Vow
Kingship reflects the adventurous story of its
founder, Roger Liang. His family was in the ferry
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business, so water was always on his mind. Armed
with the family knowledge, he acquired several
companies and became involved with two shipyards
– Baglietto in Italy in the 1980s and Green Bay
Marine in Singapore in the 1990s.
“Call it our sense of nostalgia,
but we believe that the yachts
of the future will look like the
yachts of the past.”
When Mr Liang founded Kingship in 2004, he
created Asia’s first shipyard specialising in the
construction of steel hull and aluminium
superstructure superyachts. The Hong Kong-based
company with facilities at China’s ZhongShan port
– located in the heart of the Pearl River Delta
district – has a modern construction facility of over
242,000 m². It is so expansive, the yard can house up
to seven yachts of 45 m at any one time.
This year Kingship won the Best Asian Yacht
builder (30 m and up) award at the Asia Boating
Awards. This is the third time Kingship earned the
title – after their 2008 and 2010 awards. The yard has
a unique ability to set high standards in quality while
sewing comfort, elegance, innovation and technology
seamlessly together. The company is ISO 9001:2008
certified and obtained Quality Assurance and
Management System by Bureau Veritas. Star is their
fifth superyacht built in compliance with Lloyd’s and
Kingship works with renowned designers and
naval architects to create its luxury superyachts.
Amongst the illustrious list are PB Design, Tony
Castro, Luis DeBasto and Vripack. Kingship
Managing Director Roger Liang states: “We take
pride in working with the most respected designers
and leading naval architects. Our uncompromising
commitment to quality with meticulous attention to
every detail from bow to stern enable us to meet our
clients’ highest expectations.”
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Facts & Figures
Principal Particulars
Length o.a.
Beam o.a.
Draught (half load)
Displacement (half load) Speed max.
42.00 m
8.40 m
2.65 m
418 t
13.5 knots
Propulsion & Power
Main engines
2 x Cat C32 ACERT 559kW
Maximum power
559 kW
2 x ZF 3355
Generator sets
Northern Lights
Fuel capacity
57,852 litres
Freshwater capacity
10,817 litres
Lloyd’s 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6, ES+1MCH
MCA LY-2 Unlimited
Owner’s cabin
Guest cabins
Crew cabins
10 -12
8 - 10
Main Suppliers & Subcontractors
Caterpillar Main Engines | Northern Lights Generators | Quantum Thruster & Stabilizing System | Jastram Steering
Systems | Maxwell Anchor & Windlass System | Amartech Propeller & Shaft | Cramm Crane | Imtech Air Conditioning
System | Radio Holland Communication & Navigation System | Furuno IT Equipment | Sony Entertainment System
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