NEW ZEALAND, Auckland. McMullen & Wing has released new renderings and layout options for the 50m steel expedition yacht Big Star (ex. Star Fish). Designed in partnership with McMullen & Wing and Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, Big Star is partially completed following a fire at the yard in 2012 and is being offered as a unique opportunity for a new owner to complete a custom explorer for a significantly discounted rate and reduced delivery time of less than two years.

These latest designs openly reference the robust and unique styling of sister ship Big Fish, which is one of the most successful charter yachts on the market at the moment. According to the yard, Big Star will be a significant development on her precursor, and the team has developed the design based on the experience from tens of thousands of ocean miles and the charter success of Big Fish.

Big Fish’s strong, masculine profile is easily recognisable in the exterior styling of Big Star but Big Star has been elongated slightly, adding an elegant edge and the superstructure clad in glass panels.



“The six metre splash pool aft is a striking feature all but unheard of on a yacht of this size,” says Michael Eaglen, commercial manager at McMullen & Wing. “When the pool is not in use, its teak decked cover extends the aft deck for the ultimate party space.”

Eaglen describes light, airy and spacious interior spaces that flow seamlessly onto extensive teak decks on all levels. The bulwark balconies will allow the floor-to-ceiling glazed doors of the dining space to frame the ocean views, while at the same time providing an ideal sunbathing spot suspended over the water. 

There are two layout options inside that provide for either a decisive owner-focused expedition yacht or the perfect charter arrangement. The private expedition layout clearly references Big Fish with the owners’ suite on the bridge deck aft, which opens onto its own private aft deck that overlooks the splash pool.



The charter-focused arrangement offers a full beam master suite on the main deck forward, making room for a sky lounge and bar on the bride deck. The second lounge offers the formal and informal living spaces that are so important on charter yachts.

According to the shipyard, with Big Star in her current state of completion, these designs are only a few of the options available. “Ready for a new superstructure design and with enormous flexibility still remaining in the layout, Big Star remains every bit a custom yacht project ready to be moulded to suit a new buyer,” Eaglen says. “The designs being promoted are only a selection of a wide range of layout and styling options McMullen & Wing has assembled to tempt interested buyers.” The project will be promoted by central agents, Burgess.

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