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Love it or hate it? The most divisive superyachts

Love it or hate it? The most divisive superyachts

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Sailing Yacht A

The ultimate divisive superyacht

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For many she's a technological marvel, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in yachting, while others have been much less kind in their appraisal of her looks. Sailing Yacht A stunned the world when she was delivered by Nobiskrug in February 2017 and she has gone on to turn heads all across Europe. Her designer, Philippe Starck is well aware of her divisive nature, commenting in his keynote speech at the Superyacht Design Symposium 2018: "Some people hate it, I can understand; some people love it, I can understand also — but it exists and I can wait because everybody hated Motor Yacht A at first as well.”

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Venus

The modernist divisive superyacht

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Starck also created the super-sleek, modernist exterior of the 78.2 metre Feadship superyacht Venus. Commissioned by Steve Jobs, who passed away before he could take delivery, she was launched in 2012.

Her almost vertical topsides lead to a plumb bow with a gleaming metallic finish. Fittingly for the founder of Apple, her iconic profile is a study in elegant simplicity, with the satellite domes cleverly hidden within her mast. However, this bold, futuristic styling has led many yachting traditionalists to unflatteringly compare Venus to certain domestic appliances.

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Adastra

The futuristic divisive yacht

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With unusual exteriors, original shapes and groundbreaking design, these divisive yachts have challenged our perceptions of what superyachts should look like. Whether you love them or hate them, one thing is for sure — the yachts on this list will turn heads wherever they go.

When you consider her distinctive trimaran form and sleek metallic finish, it's easy to see why Adastra has been hailed as the future of superyachts. Those sci-fi inspired exteriors reflect her truly fitting name, which means 'to the stars' in Latin. Launched by Australian yard McConaghy in 2012, this 42.5 metre multihull superyacht divides opinion — detractors argue that her overall length could be better used to create a more spacious interior. However, there is no denying the visual impact that she makes upon cruising into a new port.

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