15 Apr 2012
Feadship launch 78.5m 'Hampshire II'
On 14 April, Dutch yard Feadship launched 78.5m Hampshire II (Hull 806) for a repeat owner with a great love of action and sports. From the foredeck ball court to the 25-metre high crow’s mast, this latest scion of the Feadship fleet is a yacht full of adventure.
During the launch ceremony which took place at the Feadship Kaag yard, Feadship director Dick van Lent paid tribute to the owner of Hampshire II. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to create such a unique vessel for such a passionate sailor. As an experienced Feadship owner, he really appreciates the qualities of a Feadship and the fun of being closely involved in the design and construction process. This is exactly the sort of client we love to work with, and Hampshire II is exactly the kind of superyacht that Feadship owners deserve. She is built around every conceivable sporting activity while also offering exceptional facilities for those who like to take things a little easier. Many of his friends and family were involved in the various milestones of the build, and now they are all set to reap the rewards.”
Positive proof of this statement was seen in the hours leading up to the launch ceremony as various teams representing the owner’s guests and personnel from the yard played football on the foredeck of Hampshire II. The yacht’s helicopter landing platform, nicely finished in teak, can be transformed into a playing field for basketball, tennis, baseball, badminton… And football. A giant net is placed around the deck to ensure continuity of the games. This is one of many unusual features onboard this bespoke Feadship, the split-level design of which maximises the volume and outdoor space. On the sundeck, for instance, a crow's nest placed atop the mast is reached by a two-person elevator and offers panoramic views high above the water. For the truly adventurous, a zip wire is connected to the mast to which one can tie a rope and slide at breathtaking speed from the crow's nest down to the water.
Hampshire II also has a phenomenal beach club with two platforms that open up either side of the yacht in addition to the swim platform at the transom. A swimming ladder descends from the stern hydraulically while the beach club itself has been finished in a driftwood style. The whole area is very well incorporated with the deck above, which includes a skylight surrounded by seating.
The contemporary overall design by Redman Whiteley Dixon and Feadship incorporates
balconies on either side: Seating terraces for the owners and wing stations adjacent to the wheelhouse. There is a wealth of fine detailing in the design, including the nameplate on the glass panel in the recessed part of the bridge deck fashion plates. While the exterior profile is modern, Hampshire II’s interior is a classic affair. Highlights include a typical English style bar on the bridge deck in place of the traditional lounge.
The engine room has a passageway through the middle with full height glass walls. Only three colours are used in this area - Ferrari red, white and black which, combined with lots of stainless steel and the clever use of spotlights, make the engine room look fantastic. The same can be said of the wheelhouse with its glass-covered dashboard and touchscreen controls. Like everything else on this splendid vessel, state-of-the-art technologies have been combined with exceptional craftsmanship and an unprecedented eye for visual treats.
Hampshire II - Specifications
Type: Twin screw motor yacht, steel hull and aluminium superstructure
Length overall: 78.50m 257’7”
Beam overall: 12.70m 41”8”
Draft (loaded): 3.70m 12’2”
Fuel capacity: 205,000 l 54,023 US Gallons
Fresh water capacity: 60,000 l 15,850 US Gallons
Naval Architect: Feadship
Exterior styling: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Main engines: 2x MTU 16V4000M53R – 1520kW / 1600rpm
Generators: 3x MTU 8V2000 M50A 308kW / 1500rpm
Stabilizers: VTNaiad Marine zero-speed stabilizers
Max. speed: 16.0 knots
Range @ 12 knots: 5500 NM
Owner & guests: 14 in six staterooms
Crew: 21 plus two staff in 14 crew cabins
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