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Meet ‘Dot,’ a 153-Foot Converted Ferry That Doubles as a Loft

Meet ‘Dot,’ a 153-Foot Converted Ferry That Doubles as a Loft


The 153-foot Dot is more than a yacht conversion. Once the flagship vessel in Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry fleet, the legacy boat is today a floating loft-style apartment with a swing mooring in the achingly hip Tai Tam Bay.

The Star Ferry Co. Ltd was started in 1870 by British businessman Grant Smith. He shipped a twin-screw wooden-hulled boat over from England and began running it across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Both the company name and ferry names (all feature the word “star”) were inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem Crossing the Bar, from which the first line reads, “Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me!”

In 2011, when Golden Star, the largest ferry in the fleet, became the available for sale, a British-born Hong Kong resident saw potential for a weekend escape. He’d spent years in the late 80s commuting aboard the ferries between Wanchai and Hung Hom and knew the vessel’s robust, wide-hipped design would lend itself well to an open-plan layout.

The Leung Wan Kee shipyard in Zhuhai, which has carried out regular maintenance work on Star Ferries for decades, undertook Dot’s 18-month-conversion. The brief was to “dress Dot to her strengths” and create a weekend retreat for the new owner’s family. The conversion delivered that and more.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the world’s only ferry turned luxury yacht.


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