Lord Foster Gets into the Yacht Design Game


By Steve Delahoyde Comment


What’s with these famous architects and designers and gigantic yachts? Maybe taking a page from Philippe Starck‘s plans to build a massive “green” boat, Lord Foster has gotten into the game and has teamed up with a boat manufacturer to design super-yachts (or “really big yachts” if you don’t like reading prefixes), the first of which will roll off the assembly line in September. But, somewhat like Starck’s commitment to earth-friendly floating behemoths, Lord Foster is also doing his part and the super-yachts will be available by timeshare for an annual fee of $2 million, thus allowing the mom and pop shop owner to experience super-yachting on a regular basis. Here’s a bit:

Participants can spend up to 34 nights every year on board one of the $16m yachts. Each vessel accommodates 12 guests and eight crew.

The aluminium-hull, 132ft yachts are said to provide significantly more light inside and deck space outside than rivals in the same class.

The part-time owners will be able to enjoy a glass-walled main saloon with 180-degree views. Over the eight years of the scheme, the owners can rent the super-yacht out for up to $80,000 a week in high season — and can expect to recoup 70% of the initial investment when each of the luxury boats is sold.