The 44m motoryacht, Sea Star, which was originally built for the German Navy by Lurssen and later converted into a luxury yacht, has been listed for sale with Yacht Marine, the Turkish brokerage firm, for an asking price of €4.9 million.
Sea Star was originally built by Lurssen in 1963 as a high speed patrol vessel, as is evident from her unusually low and sleek profile designed by Ercument Kafali. During her military duties as a Jaguar Type 140, she was fitted with four Mercedes MB518 engines amounting to 12,000hp and providing a substantial top speed of 42 knots. The yacht was passed over to the Turkish Navy in 1972 and was kept in service until the mid-1980s.
In 2007, Turkey-based Selah shipyard undertook a conversion project on the semi-displacement build, which is constructed with mahogany planking on aluminium frames. She is now fitted with two 1,500hp MTU engines that enable her to reach a maximum speed of 22 knots, with a cruising speed of 16 knots. The unconventional yacht design is carried through into the interior, which was completed by Bebek, and offers accommodation for up to 10 guests over a master stateroom, VIP stateroom, double stateroom and twin stateroom.
Sea Star is one of several Navy vessels that were delivered by Lurssen in the 50s and 60s and later converted into luxury yachts; 50.4m Polaris was built for the Swedish Navy in 1954, 42.6m Haley was built for the German Navy in 1958 and 42.6m Haley II was also built for the German Navy in 1961. It wasn’t until 72.5m Coral Island’s delivery in 1994 that the German yard set its sights on much larger projects – since then the yard’s average delivery has measured 90.7m and 4,030gt.