an experienced owner who chartered Feadships and appreciated the essence of the
brand. The owner's brief was for a striking, innovative, sporty family yacht. A fully bespoke project that is fast from the outside and cosy on the inside, ROCK.IT features the first-time application on a superyacht of an intuitive control and manoeuvring system developed for naval applications.
“Each Feadship is unique and no two Feadship owners are the same,” said Feadship
director Henk de Vries to an audience of several hundred guests at the launching ceremony. “It is our privilege at Feadship to create the most amazing yachts on the oceans for the most fascinating people on the planet, and it has been an amazing and sometimes rollercoaster ride to partner with the owner of ROCK.IT.
“During his many visits to the yard, we had terrific fun with this unconventional and
no-compromise client. His between-your-eyes honesty and tremendous respect for and
appreciation of Feadship craftsmanship pushed us to new heights. This is the epitome of the Feadship experience, which encompasses the entire design and construction process. ROCK.IT is a true 21st-century Feadship: stunning aesthetic design nestled in a superstable oceangoing package that will truly rock the waves.”
ROCK.IT was a challenging project for the designers and naval architects from Sinot Yacht Design and Feadship, who had to pull out all the stops to realise the owner’s vision of a striking, innovative and sporty look. “ROCK.IT is very sleek and bold without being pretentious,” explained exterior designer Sander Sinot. “A natural flow of lines and surfaces makes the yacht breathe speed and exude elegance.”
A family boat at heart, ROCK.IT is multi-purpose and can also trasnform into a party boat when the time is right. Her interior features dark precious woods and light stones,blended in a fantastically detailed classic modern interior. One of the most striking features is the skylight in the sun deck canopy, which dims automatically depending on the strength of the sunlight. This allows for an open feel while optimising comfort levels.
Cutting-edge technology has been harnessed on board, including the installation of a unique control system that includes a semi-DP autopilot system. This will allow ROCK.IT to keep her heading at anchor, hovering on the main engine and the thrusters. Optimal use of the various manoeuvring modes is made by means of a three-axis steering joystick with a rotational factor. “I was willing to accept this new system because it comes from a proven military background,” said ROCK.IT's captain. “I’m also glad we did this with Feadship as it requires a high degree of confidence in the hardware and the people. This manoeuvring system represents a real step towards the future. To make it happen at this point in time, took real vision and considerable skill.”
ROCK.IT - Basic Specs
Type: Twin screw motoryacht, steel hull and aluminium superstructure
LOA: 60.35m | 197’0”
Beam overall: 10.80m | 35’5”
Draught (loaded): 3.30 m 10’10”
Fuel capacity: 120,000 litres 31,701 US gallons
Fresh water capacity: 24,000 litres 6,340 US gallons
Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior styling: Sinot Yacht Design
Interior design: Sinot Yacht Design
Main engines: 2x MTU 12V4000M53R, 1140 kW @ 1600 rpm
Generators: 3x Kilopak 175kW
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