A piece of technological art, the Minstrel-class Space Yacht is a prime example of the artistic creativity that certain ship developers have put into their creations. A ship for the wealthy, the space yacht is far from defenseless; it is one of the few in its class that is capable of storing a small number of starfighters to increase its defensive capabilities. It was originally designed during the waning days of the Old Republic as a possible competitor to the Nubian ships. While it had only moderate success due to its design whereas the polished look attracted many wealthy senators, the Minstrel-class Space Yacht was more favored by those who saw the benefits of having a ship capable of surviving a collision with more than a fist-sized asteroid. The sleek design accompanied by the appealing standard colour has drawn in many customers who were seeking more than a sleek, fast, unarmed ship better suited for show than force. During the tumultuous times that were spawned with the conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance the sales increased because of the rising demand for combat worthy ships for those who wanted to be safe in a galaxy torn apart by Civil War.