6 Things We Love About Big Star

New designs at McMullen & Wing show a 19-foot splash pool, foldout terraces and more.

September 5, 2013

164 McMullen & Wing superyacht Big Star

The 164-foot McMullen & Wing superyacht Big Star is under construction at the shipyard and available for purchase. Courtesy McMullen & Wing

Our hearts sank as we received word about a year ago that the 164-foot Aquos StarFish had caught fire and suffered serious damage just a few months before she was scheduled to launch from the McMullen & Wing shipyard in New Zealand. She was to be the bigger, more advanced sistership to the 147-foot Aquos Big Fish, one of the most interesting megayacht designs in a long, long time.

Our spirits were raised a few months later, when the yard announced that the undamaged hull with engine room would be sold to a new owner who could create a new interior and superstructure. All that was needed was a new vision from a designer.

Now, our hearts are once again full upon receiving drawings for a newly conceived version of the yacht, being called Big Star. The asking price through broker Peter Brown at Burgess Yachts is $30 million — a price that the shipyard is calling an “unparalleled value for a new build yacht of this size and pedigree.”


Here are the six things that we love most about Big Star:

• The 19-foot splash pool on the aft deck. Sometimes, an entire ocean is just too big for a quick dip to cool off.

• The long, narrow swim platform that extends hydraulically from abaft the splash pool. Because anyone walking toward the water in a bikini should have the option of feeling like a runway model.


• The two layout options, one with a sizable sky lounge and the other that puts a master suite into the same space. We’d go with the latter, because waking up with the best view in the harbor is half the fun of owning a megayacht.

• The glass panels that wrap all the way around the superstructure. Big Fish had outstanding views from the inside out; Big Star’s are going to be that much better.

• The foldout terraces amidships. Why choose indoor or outdoor dining when you can have both at the same time?


• The observation deck at the yacht’s highest point. If you have a go-anywhere megayacht, then you might as well have a bird’s-eye view of the world, too.

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