I can never tire of looking at luxury yachts. Since my bank account allows me to do only that, I spend most of my time day dreaming about one day owning a luxury vessel. Whenever I hit that jackpot or save enough money, the 75.4 meter Lürssen Northern Star superyacht would definitely figure on the top of my shopping list. Northern Star has been delivered in October 2009 to an owner who has years of experience as an ocean racing and cruising sailor. The Lürssen Northern Star meets the owners requirements of design and engineering and is built for extensive and extended cruising in Arctic or tropical waters. Espen Oeino can be credited for giving Northern Star her very traditional appearance. But don’t let her appearance fool you as she bears the most high tech technology and features.
Large enough to house 12 guests, the Northern Star boasts of six decks that offer enough room for the guests to entertain and relax. Large outdoor spaces aft, forward and on the sundeck also provide generous seating for open air dining or lounging.
The interior, designed by Pauline Nunns brings to mind a luxurious country home. Most of the interior is paneled with raised and fielded limed oak, either painted in pastel shades or just with a natural finish. The main entrance leads into the marble floored hallway which features a cylindrical glass elevator that provides access to all the decks. The lobby is a comfortable room with couches and sofas neatly placed around a fully functional fireplace. The highlights of the lobby are however the self-playing Steinway piano a coffee table that opens up to reveal a roulette wheel.
The formal dining area is designed to seat 14 guests and is located aft of the salon. The table is not a fixed structure and can be dismantled anytime to turn the space into a dance floor. The hallway further leads to the office dedicated to the guests and a guest deck with five guest suites. Two of the five guest cabins are VIPs and have a connecting door allowing them to be turned into a large family suite with large bathrooms. There is also a massage room on the guest deck.
The owner’s suite occupies most of the upper deck. The owners space begins with a library, which further leads to a private study and then to the owners bedroom. The owner’s suite features light blue décor and has two identical bathrooms. The sky lounge is another great space to relax and lounge. The outside aft deck comprises of extra large spaces and different areas. It comprises of dining area, two large seating areas and also a bar. Both sides of the deck can be covered with glass panels for wind protection and a heater in the overhead keeps you warm during chillier days. The bridge deck is home to the radio room, a captain’s office and accommodation as well as an owner’s gym with an adjoining pool. The outside aft deck boasts is the heli deck.
An enormous tender garage sits at the aft of the lower deck and is home to a 29ft Hinkley and a 10 m Zodiac Hurricane RIB which can be launched sideways through the hull doors. At the tank deck, guests can treat themselves to a cinema. Besides the cinema, the tank deck is also home to a crew gym and a library.
Powered by 2 CAT engines of 2.000 kW each, the Northern Star reaches a top speed of 17 knots and has a range of 7.000 nm. For low emissions the auxiliary engine exhaust system is equipped with HUG particle filters. The fuel efficient yacht is specifically designed to be self-sufficient during extended voyages on the high seas and allow a wide range requiring only few stops at ports.
An exquisite vessel, now you know why it figures on my wish list.