Presented during the last Monaco Yacht Show, the 86-meter motor yacht Starlight is the main custom project of the French studio Darnet Design, and is currently on sale.
Based in Nantes, France, Darnet Design has designed over the last twenty-two years almost 2,500 yacht interiors, collaborating with the world’s leading boat builders, including Groupe Bénéteau, Privilège Marine, Allures Yachting, Outremer Yachting.
Franck Darnet, founder of the brand, has combined his passion for sailing with a love of design, working with his team on several projects and the interior design of several 45-metre yachts, “Africa” in 2010 and “Atomic” in 2014, both built by the Turkish shipyard Sunrise. The French studio also designed the interiors of the 64-metre VSY “Atomic”, currently being completed in Italy, whose exterior style is the work of Espen Oeino.
For Starlight, the Darnet Design team has created both the exterior and interior design.
Conceived and designed for long cruises in all maritime conditions, this six-deck superyacht is equipped with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, which meets the requirements of Lloyd’s classification, without sacrificing comfort and cutting-edge technology.
Key features include one of the largest beach clubs on the market, exceeding 100m2, with two underwater observatories; a landing platform for touch and go helicopters; a 17m2 swimming pool on the main aft deck and a large atrium with a unique mobile platform in the main and upper saloon.
The garage located between the engine room and the beach club can accommodate two 10m and 8m tenders, up to three jet skis and other toys.
With two 3,140 hp engines, Starlight can reach a cruising speed of 16 knots, while the maximum speed is 19 knots.
The spacious outdoor areas take full advantage of the large beam, offering several lounge areas in the sun or shade, seating and dining areas on all decks.
On the lower stern deck, there is a large outdoor lounge, which increases the usability of the beach club, creating a multifunctional area that exceeds 100 square meters.
The glass-sided swimming pool on the main aft deck overlooks the beach club below and is located next to an outdoor lounge. The deck houses a circular Jacuzzi and a large sunbathing area covering the stern. The sun deck is equipped with a large sun lounger at the raised bow and several L-shaped sofas and coffee tables.
The bow deck features a sheltered private terrace and thermal swimming pool. From here the owner has direct access to the helipad and the forward master cabin with a panoramic window.
With a gross tonnage of 2,200 GT, Starlight can accommodate up to 14 passengers in six cabins on the main deck and in the master cabin on the deck above. For the custom interior, Darnet Design has combined classic elements with a modern style. The spacious design of the main saloon includes a social area flooded with natural light and wide-open spaces.
Stretching the full height of two floors, LCD wall screens decorate the large atrium, where the formal dining area and main salon are on the bottom deck and the upper salon on the above owner’s deck.
The design of both the atrium and the upper saloon was carried out with a forward-thinking approach, conceived and designed exclusively by Darnet Design. The custom Darnet Platform allows the upper saloon to become a multi-purpose area offering maximum versatility to the owner and guests with different configurations. The saloon layout can in fact include three options: lounge, cinema, and entertainment.
The owner’s area is forward on the upper deck and is equipped with separate bathrooms for him and her, owner’s office, dressing room and panoramic suite, overlooking the owner’s private terrace.
The wellness area is located on the main deck next to the guest accommodation and has a gym, spa and sauna for guests.
Crew accommodation is located on the lower deck and includes galley, crew cabins, canteen, saloon and gym, as well as additional storage and laundry facilities.
Captain’s quarters are located on the deck next to the wheelhouse.
(Darnet Design: 86 meter Starlight is for sale – Barchemagazine.com – June 2020)