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.

Blohm & Voss   135.94 m •  1931
Lloyd Werft   115 m •  2010
Delta Marine   73.15 m •  2006
Lurssen   72.6 m •  2004
Yachtley   70 m •  2008
Feadship   65.22 m •  2009
Feadship   63.95 m •  1999
Elsflether Werft AG   63.8 m •  1986
Amels   62 m •  2002
Feadship   60.99 m •  1992
Feadship   60.35 m •  2005
Abeking & Rasmussen   60.05 m •  2001
Abeking & Rasmussen   60 m •  2011
Abeking & Rasmussen   57.91 m •  2007
Abeking & Rasmussen   57.3 m •  2003
Abeking & Rasmussen   57.3 m •  1998
Oceanco   56.1 m •  1993
Brooke Marine   54 m •  1989
Turquoise Yachts   53.4 m •  2002
Feadship   51.75 m •  2003
Feadship   50.3 m •  2000
Turquoise Yachts   50 m •  2001
Royal Hakvoort Shipyard   49.99 m •  1994
Westport   49.98 m •  2011
Westport   49.98 m •  2014
Westport   49.98 m •  2007
Westport   49.98 m •  2012
Westport   49.98 m •  2006
Westport   49.98 m •  2020
Westport   49.98 m •  2012
Westport   49.98 m •  2016
Westport   49.93 m •  2009
Westport   49.93 m •  2013
Westport   49.93 m •  2010
Westport   49.93 m •  2008
Westport   49.93 m •  2007
Westport   49.93 m •  2010
Turquoise Yachts   49.9 m •  1994
Admiral Marine   49.32 m •  1993
Amels   49.3 m •  2004
Sensation   47.55 m •  2001
Christensen   47.24 m •  1997
Alloy Yachts   47 m •  2012
Admiral Marine   46.94 m •  1998
Oceanfast   45.66 m •  1997
Keith Marine   44.81 m •  1993
Feadship   44.65 m •  2007
Friesland   43.62 m •  1991
Heesen Yachts   43.14 m •  1996