Feadship has announced that one of the three 34 meter superyachts has been launched from the Aalsmeer facility, the Netherlands. This is a diverse move for Feadship, which hasn’t built a superyacht with an LOA under 40m since 2010, when 39m GO was delivered.
The Dutch shipyard’s primary area of focus is fully custom superyachts between 40 – 100m where 77 per cent of the live Feadship fleet fall within. However, clearly the Dutch shipyard still have the capacity to fulfil more unique requests, as demonstrated by the 34m Feadship 162
As CEO Henk de Vries explains, underpinning this decades- long success story has been an ability to respond positively to off-the-wall requests. “Three years ago, the owner of a pure custom Feadship asked us to build a smaller yacht to Feadship standards. It needed to have a length and draught that would allow access to new markets where mooring facilities are restricted and facilitate cruising in shallower depths. We don’t like saying no to clients at Feadship so we decided to explore whether it was even practical to design and construct a 34-metre cruiser to Feadship quality within the boundaries of this compact size.”
“Our research established that, while building such a custom yacht was indeed possible, it would only be economically viable for the client if we built three of them to the same design template. Turning normal market dynamics on their head, we therefore agreed to our client’s proposal as long as he could introduce two more clients who would like to order one of these unique Feadships while, of course, having flexibility in terms of the interior.”
Once this unprecedented approach was confirmed, the triple project was given to Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects to develop three commercial (LY3) superyachts with unrestricted ocean going capabilities.
The three yachts have the largest window surface expressed as a percentage of the profile ever seen on a Feadship. Another interesting factor of this interesting vessel as there are a selection of recognisable design elements, including the top lines of 78m Venus, the bow of 83.5m Savannah and the hull strength of 46.2m Lady May.
Although similar by exterior, the three superyachts do differ from each other in terms of interior. Hull 692, features an interior from the boards of London based designers Bannenberg and Rowell Design, with an owner’s stateroom and guest suites for eight people. Hull 691 and 693 however, have various different features and layouts.
2016 has started off on a high for the Dutch shipyard with two launches, thus far as well as the two 34m sister ships which are likely to launch in the coming weeks. Including the 162, there are four Feadship superyacht scheduled for delivery in 2016, the largest of which is the 70m 812.