Kurt StrandThe latest gigayacht concept is a 10-gallon hat tip at the Lone Star State.
The Florida-based designer, who has previously designed disruptive ships inspired by Miami, Florida and Norway, has just unveiled a new 561-footer that pays homage to Texas. Aptly named Lonestar, the juggernaut is “big and responsible” just like the southern state. Remember everything is bigger and all that? In fact, Lonestar would rank as the second largest superyacht in the world if built.
According to Strand, the concept is also a tribute to a “very elegant woman” he met in Texas. In fact, the designer describes Lonestar as “soft curvy and leggy.” This translates to an elongated inverted bow, an elongated stern and long flowing lines in yacht parlance. The vessel also sports a sturdy steel hull finished in powder blue and a lightweight aluminum superstructure colored in gloss white.
On board, meanwhile, Lonestar offers a generous interior with tasteful Western-chic decor. Think rich woods, supple leather, and custom artwork from local Texans and Native Americans. The iconic Texas star is also incorporated into many custom details. The large living areas include 16 suites that can collectively accommodate 32 people, as well as cabins for 50 crew members. The star is, of course, the 5,400 square foot owner’s suite. Located at the bow, it comes with a “secret love nativity scene” with panoramic views.
To top it off, Lonestar comes with a long list of gear to please cowboys and cowgirls alike. Most notably, there’s a sprawling bar that can accommodate bands and mechanical bulls. There are also more conventional facilities, such as a gym, spa, wine cellar, and helipad with an interconnecting hangar.
Lonestar also offers plenty of toys, including six custom tenders ranging from 23ft to 39ft. Two of the limo offerings even echo the tanker’s distinctive style. Should we call them Houston and Austin?
As for the grunt, Lonestar is imagined with hybrid propulsion and gas turbines that produce electricity for four pod drives. This configuration gives the vessel a maximum speed of 24 knots, a cruising speed of 16 knots and an estimated range of 7,500 nautical miles. It will take you from Texas to the North Pole and back without worries.
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