Donald Starkey

History

A former architect, it wasn’t until 20 years into his career – in the 1980s – that superyacht designer Donald Starkey switched to custom yacht design. Since then, he has become synonymous with several of the world’s most famous custom luxury yachts, both for his work on exterior styling and interior design. Citing influences such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, rock ‘n’ roll and Coco Chanel, Starkey is renowned for creating his own timeless elegance in the superyacht design projects he has undertaken.

Notable yachts

With a wide range of projects across all size brackets, Donald Starkey yachts include the custom interiors of 114 metre Luna, 72.6 metre Queen K, Nourah of Riyad, and Mylin IV.

Specialisations

Donald Starkey has not only worked for individual clients but has also been sought out by well-known superyacht yards. His work has garnered him a large number of awards including, most recently, for the 47 metre Alloy Yachts-built Loretta Anne.

Donald Starkey Designs has also created concept megayachts including a notable 200 metre design capable of carrying 36 guests and 70 to 100 crew, and a 75 metre design that aims to combine functionality and simplicity with a graceful form and timeless lines.

SAVARONA

Blohm & Voss   135.94 m •  1931

LUNA

Lloyd Werft   115 m •  2010

LAUREL

Delta Marine   73.15 m •  2006

CLIO

Lurssen   72.6 m •  2004

NOURAH OF RIYAD

Yachtley   70 m •  2008

TRIDENT

Feadship   65.22 m •  2009

LADY MARINA

Feadship   63.95 m •  1999

MAGNA GRECIA

Elsflether Werft AG   63.8 m •  1986

SARAH

Amels   62 m •  2002

MYLIN IV

Feadship   60.99 m •  1992

BLUE MOON

Feadship   60.35 m •  2005

DREAM

Abeking & Rasmussen   60.05 m •  2001

KAISER

Abeking & Rasmussen   60 m •  2011

AMARAL

Abeking & Rasmussen   57.91 m •  2007

DIAMOND

Abeking & Rasmussen   57.3 m •  1998

ZENOBIA

Abeking & Rasmussen   57.3 m •  2003

THE WELLESLEY

Oceanco   56.1 m •  1993

MARIDOME

Brooke Marine   54 m •  1989

TALES

Turquoise Yachts   53.4 m •  2002

AMANTI

Feadship   51.75 m •  2003

PICNIC

Feadship   50.3 m •  2000

MOSAIQUE

Turquoise Yachts   50 m •  2001

MY LADY

Hakvoort   49.99 m •  1994

LEGACY

Westport   49.98 m •  2012

TRENDING

Westport   49.98 m •  2006

WANDERLUST

Westport   49.98 m •  2007

MY GIRL

Westport   49.98 m •  2016

NEENAH

Westport   49.98 m •  2020

HOSPITALITY

Westport   49.98 m •  2011

EVVIVA

Westport   49.98 m •  2014

ANNASTAR

Westport   49.98 m •  2012

GIGI

Westport   49.93 m •  2010

BACCHUS

Westport   49.93 m •  2009

HONEY

Westport   49.93 m •  2007

VALINOR

Westport   49.93 m •  2013

BOARDWALK

Westport   49.93 m •  2010

CHASING DAYLIGHT

Westport   49.93 m •  2008

TURQUOISE

Turquoise Yachts   49.9 m •  1994

AURORA A

Admiral Marine   49.32 m •  1993

VIBRANCE

Amels   49.3 m •  2004

LADY ANASTASIA

Sensation   47.55 m •  2001

ZEAL

Christensen   47.24 m •  1997

LORETTA ANNE

Alloy Yachts   47 m •  2012

STAR DIAMOND

Admiral Marine   46.94 m •  1998

EXPLORA

Feadship   46.63 m •  1985

PERFECT PERSUASION

Oceanfast   45.66 m •  1997

BLUE STAR

Keith Marine   44.81 m •  1993

SPACE

Feadship   44.65 m •  2007

HARBOUR MOON

Heesen Yachts   43.14 m •  1996