New Listing – 2003-launched Stella Polare Starkel Star 60


Supremely elegant wood epoxy and carbon performance cruising yacht, custom built to the highest standards and extensively updated and refitted in recent seasons. A very special yacht with unparallel level of comfort.


From the board of Roberto Starkel, ARABESQUE, launched as Birillo IV, is the first one of four Starkel 60’s built by the Base Nautica Stella Polare shipyard in Fiumicino, Italy, namely: Birillo IV, Ikarus II, Marie Claire (the second was a Vismara project, built to the order of the former Italian Prime Minister Massimo Dalema) and Grande Orazio. All of them highly successful on the regatta circuit as well as being an excellent offshore cruising yacht. ARABESQUE was commissioned from an experienced owner after having seen the Stella Polare Starkel 56 KHIVA, launched just a couple of years before. Built in cold-moulded Mahogany with carbon structures with stainless steel structures to an extremely high specification by the Artisans at Base Nautica Stella Polare.

Featuring a special cast iron cruising draft keel and custom-made keel stepped Sparkraft aluminium rig with aluminium Park Avenue boom, ARABESQUE is a thoroughbred sailing yacht with all the benefits of wood epoxy construction – namely low weight, high stiffness and unparalleled insulation against noise, heat and vibration. Although not well suited to production manufacture (as the hulls cannot be moulded on a production line as with GRP), wood epoxy is considered by many to be the optimum material for performance cruising yachts and alongside a string of notable carbon fibre built yachts launched in recent years (with a number of new designs in this construction launched in recent years and due for launch in 2023).

Internally, ARABESQUE is a beautifully executed cherry and maple interior featuring a luxurious interiors with two aft cabins with ensuite heads, owner cabin forward with twin beds and a further crew cabin portside with ensuite head (now converted in a locker but that can be easily retrofitted) plus one forepeak.

Now in her second ownership, ARABESQUE has been well maintained and lightly used from her owner and his family as a family summer cruiser.

ARABESQUE’ specification highlights include:-

  • Carbon-reinforced mahogany cold-moulded construction with stainless steel structures
  • 3-guest cabins, further guest/crew cabin. Each cabin with ensuite head.
  • Teak deck
  • Cherry and maple interior construction
  • Twin cockpit deck configuration with centre guests cockpit
  • Shallow draft 2,85m keel version
  • Sparkraft aluminium rig with aluminium Park Avenue boom
  • Self-tacking staysail
  • Electric winches
  • All winches in the aft cockpit
  • Electric furling genoa
  • Electric furling staysail
  • Carbon fibre removable bowsprit
  • Fully-battened mainsail system with low-friction battencars, stackpack and lazyjacks
  • All sail controls led aft to cockpit with sub-deck halyards
  • Sanguinetti retractable mooring winch
  • MaxPower Vip bowthruster – 2023
  • Yanmar 150hp diesel engine
  • Fisher Panda 12kw generator
  • Gel battery banks
  • Watermaker – 2022
  • Diesel fired cabin heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Cherry interior joinery
  • LED lighting
  • Electro hydraulic retractable gangway
  • Electro hydraulic folding transom with bathing platform
  • Raymarine Axiom recently replaced chartplotters – 2023


A boat designed for long voyages, robust thanks to the sophisticated construction in technological wood. Fast and balanced hull. Among the strong points are the fully customizable interiors and a well-organized deck that allows easy management even for a small crew. a hull for the few, for those who want a boat out of the ordinary.



The Stella Pollare shipyard in Fiumicino was opened in 1971 and quickly became renowned for their speciality in classic and modern laminated wood construction and refit of one-off and semi-series yachts. With over 60 yachts launched since with the largest at 80 feet, the Starkel designed Star 60 is perhaps one of the most famous. Winning the ‘Naval Academy Trophy of Livorno’ for best project, the design demonstrated the abilities of the Stella Pollare shipyard to produce a modern, high-technology and high performing yacht using a marriage of tried & tested wood epoxy construction and latest-generation carbon fibre structures.

2003-launched Stella Polare Starkel Star 60 ‘ARABESQUE’ – Asking Euro 480,000 EU VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high-quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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