40’ Gentleman Racer 2003

  • Year of manufacture 
  • Boat type 
  • Condition 
  • Engines 
  • Boat category 
  • Hull material 
  • Exterior brand colour 
    clear varnished
  • Beam 
    2.00 m / 6.56 ft
  • Draft 
    0.50 m / 1.64 ft
  • Location
  • Overall length 
    11.98 m / 39.30 ft
  • Performance 
    200 PS / 148 kW / 198 BHP
  • Engine Model 
    Tatra V12, 19-Litre air-cooled diesel, 200bhp, 1,000 Nm torque, stainless-steel, four-bladed propeller


This gentleman’s racer started with an engine. But not any engine – a Tatra 19-Litre air-cooled diesel in V-12 configuration. Say the name ‘Tatra’ and car enthusiasts’ pulses race. This monstrous V12 is not from a car, but might have seen service in a lorry or military vehicle. The challenge was to design a propeller, because the engine develops a modest 200bhp but nearly 1,000 Newton-metres of torque. The final solution was a cavitating stainless-steel, four-bladed propeller, that is able to handle the power. The RED STAR was designed by naval architect Detlev Loell who studied gentleman’s racing boats of the 1920s and 30s on behalf of an owner in Hamburg. The very traditional build is made in carvel mahogany on oak and fastened by 6,000 bronze screws. It’s possible to switch between the 12 exhaust pipes and two underwater pipes. The noise of an air-cooled diesel V12 must be indescribable. The Red Star comes with a custom made road trailer and the absolutely perfect towing vehicle. A complete restored and updated HUMMER I belongs to the boat and allows to reach every hotspot that is required.