Star Clippers is set to celebrate the golden age of sail cruising by building the world’s largest sailing vessel set to be delivered in 2010. The new vessel will break records by being the largest, most expensive sailing vessel ever constructed at 7,400-gross-tons barque is modeled on France II, which at 5,000 gross tons was the world’s largest sailing ship when it was launched in 1912.
The ship will be 518 feet long and 61 feet at the beam with a draft of 20 feet. The five-masted vessel will carry 37 sails for a total of 68,350 square feet (6,350 square meters) of sail surface area. The rig will extend 217 feet above the waterline, and the open Sun Deck area will be an expansive 8,200 square feet.The ship is designed to make it capable of operating independently of any port infrastructure which means it will be able to sail virtually anywhere in the world. Star Clipper’s newest vessel will be 48 percent larger than their Royal Clipper — currently the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, but will carry only 30 percent more passengers, with a double-occupancy capacity of 296 and a crew of 140.
Accommodations will include two 592-square-foot owner’s suites, thirty deluxe suites of 323 square feet, two deluxe deck cabins measuring 215 square feet that will have private verandas as well. There will be 104 outside cabins of 162 square feet and 10 inside cabins measuring 129 square feet.
Additionally there ship will have some pretty cool accoutrements that include the trademark Star Clippers midship glass-bottom pool that filtersÂ light down from the Sun Deck through the Piano Lounge to the Dining Room. The aft pool will feature a unique swim tube — to be used for scuba training — that extends down through the Dive/Sports Bar and into the Library.
Now this is a ship Captain Jack Sparrow would drool over!!