Lurssen's 247' "Northern Star" A Yacht to Explore the World by Kevin Heistermann Polaris, the celestial North Star, has been a navigation beacon in the night skies for centuries, both to find the direction of north and to determine ones latitude. However, the North Star is visible only in the northern hemisphere and cannot be used south of the equator. Lurssen's latest launch, Northern Star (project Scout), has no such limitation. The 75.4 meter (247 foot) long explorer styled yacht is designed for extensive and extended cruising in either hemisphere requiring only occasional stops in ports, as well as being fully capable of operating in cold climates. The very experienced owner, who has many years behind him as an ocean racing and cruising sailor, required world class design and engineering as well as seagoing comfort for his guests and crew.