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Star Clippers to build largest sailing ship ever
« on: September 19, 2007, 12:49:01 PM »
Star Clippers to build largest sailing ship ever

It'll be an astounding 518 feet long -- the equivalent of nearly two football fields. And so big it'll take 37 sails (spread among five masts) to move. So big, in fact, that it'll have room for three pools -- count 'em -- along the top deck.

That's right, three pools!

In short, this isn't your father's sailing ship.   

The Bigger-is-Better mantra has hit the sailing segment of the cruise business, with Star Clippers today announcing plans to build by far the largest and most expensive sailing vessel ever.

At 7,400 tons, the as-yet-unnamed barque will be 48% larger than the line's Royal Clipper, currently the world's biggest full-rigged sailing ship. It'll boast room for 296 passengers and 140 crewmembers.

More gee-whiz measurements: The ship's rigs will soar 217 feet over the waterline; the ship's beam will be a dazzling 61 feet, resulting in an open sun deck of more than 8,000 square feet.   

The ship will be so big, in fact, that the line plans a two-level dining room that can hold all 296 passengers in one seating. There also will be a private dining room for smaller groups, a piano lounge, a two-level "tropical bar," a dive/sports bar, a forward observation lounge, library, spa and gym. Did we mention the retractable marina on the stern for access to watersports, snorkeling and diving?

As with past Clippers ships, one of the pools will have a glass bottom, allowing light to filter down into the piano lounge and dining room. The aft pool, meanwhile, will feature a swim tube that extends down into the dive/sports bar and into the library (the line says it'll be used for scuba training).

The ship will debut in 2010.