In addition to creating pure-custom yachts, Feadship also has a business in refitting Feadships for owners who require that their superyacht retains its brand status and be ready in time for the new season. Four iconic Feadships were recently delivered in Feadship-new condition and the variety of work on Aurora, Cipitouba (ex. Seaflower), Drizzle and Tatasu testifies to the endless options offered by the refit teams.
Originally launched in 1992, the 50-metre Aurora has been maintained to Feadship standard throughout her life. The latest refit at the yard in Makkum lasted eight months and Aurora was handed back to her delighted owners at the end of May.
The 40-metre Cipitouba, launched as Seaflower in 2002, has been returned to peak condition since arriving back at the refit yard last September. This extensive project involved fitting new generators including exhaust gas filters (HUG) and a new exhaust system, a new electrical power management system with main switchboard and a new alarm & monitoring system. The interior was also given a comprehensive makeover, with a new main deck salon & dining room and bridge deck lounge. The hardware throughout the interior was renewed, new marble was placed in the guest bathrooms and an impressive new AV/IT and CCTV system was installed. Having passed her 15-year Lloyd’s survey, Cipitouba was delivered to her owners early June.
In addition to the refit projects carried out in its home base in the Netherlands, the Feadship refit team also supports and carries out work on Feadships at other locations. A good example came over the past winter at the MB92 yard in Barcelona with the refit of Drizzle, a 2012 Feadship which now has a new length of 68.77 metres. As well as extending the swimming platform by 1.5 metres, including new stainless steel railings, Drizzle has been given a complete new paintjob and modifications to certain interior areas were made.
The new place for exercise is the sun deck, which has been modified to include the installation of gym equipment. The entire project lasted from October 2016 to the second week of May and was carried out by production personnel from the Feadship yards in Aalsmeer and Makkum.
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Rorqual is a 120-metre superyacht concept from Paris-based studio MUB Design. Designed in animalistic shapes, it is a “symbiosis between gigantism and slender curves”. Interior is a quintessence of classic and contemporary style; materials include walnut, marble, copper and brass and felted furniture. Key features include several Jacuzzis, a spa, gym, and a dance floor with DJ podium overlooking the beach club. Rorqual also has the ability to host a range of toys and tenders on board, including jet skis, a submarine and plenty of inflatables. She accommodates up to 14 guests on board as well as a crew of 30. Power comes from four 4,830hp MTU engines, providing her with a top speed of 21 knots.
February 22, 2018
Wind Motion 70T is a 70-metre trimaran concept by French-based yacht designer Mathis Ruhl. New rigs, developed by a designers are capturing and transforming wind energy into an efficient propulsive force.Named the RTW ², Ruhl explains: “We previously developed the MRTW rig as a wind propulsor suited for larger vessels. With the RTW ² rig, we took the concept even further, breeding it with the articulated two elements thick wing concept. A larger wing mast section and foldable articulated thick sail reduces the compression load in the mast, and unties the two spars in a central pivot. The result is higher aerodynamic efficiency, a lighter structure, and lower required deck space.”
February 20, 2018
Dutch yard Heesen has announced that 49.8 metre superyacht previously known under codename Project Ayla is launched and christened White at its Oss shipyard on 8th of February. White was originally built on speculation, but has been bought one year into construction in October, 2017.White is from Heesen's 5000 Aluminium series class, with a gross tonnage below 500GT - the limit which is currently continuing to influence yacht design, comes with exterior styling from repetitive Heesen Yachts collaborator Frank Laupman and his Omega Architects studio, and the yard describes the look as “an emblem of sporty elegance”. The superyacht sundeck is measuring 70 square metres and has been fitted out with decorative fabrics from Hermes. The other highlights on the upper deck are the spa pool, surrounded by sunpads, and the full-service bar area. The fast and comfortable hull was created by the yard’s in-house naval architects.Interior design comes from Italian designer Cristiano Gatto, who worked in deep contact with the owners to customise the yacht : interior in glossy ebony and Canaletto walnut was inspired by the work of New Deco designer Jean-Michel Frank and has been extensively fitted tothe owner's tastes. Key pieces include an ebony, leather and stainless steel coffee table with a hidden ice bucket beneath, and custom-designed Loro Piana upholstery with bookcases built into the armrests. The accommodation up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, including a main deck owner’s cabin, full-beam VIP below decks, 2 double staterooms and 2 twin cabins, all with their own private en-suite bathrooms.Power comes from twin MTU 16V4000 engines, reaching top speed of 23 knots and 11 knots economic speed with range of 3,200 nautical miles.White's sea trials procedure will be held at the North Sea. Delivery is scheduled on April, 2018.Another superyacht project at the Dutch yard is the recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon.
February 19, 2018
Chinese yard Pride Mega Yachts has announced a construction video of its superyacht Illusion Plus, which should be completed and launched this year. The project was announced in 2007, but was put on hold because of world economical crisis.British studio Rainsford Saunders Design is responsible for exterior, inspired by Rolls-Royce cars, while Dutch designers Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design.The yacht is built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure to ABS class, will accommodate 12 guests and 25 crew members, in master suite, 2 VIPs, 2 doubles and 2 twins, with interior volume of 3,600GT.Powered by twin 3,000hp Rolls-Royce diesel-electric engines, with a top speed of 16 knots and cruising speed at 14 knots with 5,000nm range.
February 16, 2018
Heesen has announced the delivery of VanTom, the sixth yacht in the popular 50 metre semi-displacement class designed by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. The delivery took place in international waters on February 14, 2018 after intensive tests in the rough winter waves of the North Sea. The sea trials took place on January 12 and 29 in Beaufort 4 and 6, with North westerly winds and waves up to one metre. Captain David Burge comments: “During sea trials, the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even whilst proceeding at a speed of over 20 knots with a sea running. I am most excited about our maiden voyage down to the Mediterranean Sea and very much look forward to the 2018 summer cruising season.”VanTom exceeded the contractual speed by 0.3 knots, reaching a top speed of 20.3 knots, while at 11 knots she has a transatlantic range of 3,100 nautical miles. With a Gross Tonnage of below the 500GT threshold, VanTom sports a highly efficient hard-chine hull and propulsion system that is both quiet and vibration-free, even at higher speeds. Arne Ploch at Camper & Nicholsons, who represented the client’s commercial interests during the construction, comments: “It was a real pleasure to work with Heesen throughout this new build for the past two years. It’s been a smooth relationship based on mutual trust and respect, the way it should be when building a new yacht. It has been a great experience for the owner and his team.”The Heesen 5000 Aluminium class has proven to be a revolutionary offering. Hinging on a semi-custom platform, the pioneering concept enables clients to have a yacht they can customise that relies on proven design and technology, reducing both client costs and construction times.
February 16, 2018