Experienced yachtsman Neville Crichton has praised Feadship following the launch of his latest superyacht, the 46.2-metre semi-displacement Como. “Having built many yachts in New Zealand, my choice of Feadship came after a careful and extensive examination of its expertise and facilities,” he says. “Once the decision to work with Feadship for the first time was made, I followed the construction process closely at all stages. I am pleased to be able to report that Feadship has exceeded my expectations. Working with them both professionally and personally has been an enjoyable experience, with a remarkable and unique superyacht as the end result.”
The custom-built Como features exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects. The yacht has unprecedentedly large windows in the hull with a great deal of glass in the superstructure: a continuous glass surface that enhances the environment inside, and gives spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom. Neville Crichton’s love of sporty designs manifests itself in the tumblehome in the superstructure. Como has two and a half decks – an exception for Feadship in recent times when most projects have had four or five. The wheelhouse is slightly recessed into the main deck structure, re-emphasising the streamline of the design while creating a gigantic outside deck – a wonderful party area surrounded by glass, which can be lowered and raised. The interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon features a number of dark timbers.
“We are delighted to make our mark once again in this size range,” says Feadship director Henk de Vries. “Feadship is not only about very large superyachts. We also pride ourselves in creating exceptionally well-honed objects on a more human scale. And, like all our yachts, everything has been totally customised to the client’s individual requirements. We have used the very latest technologies and developments to create the windows on what is surely the most sophisticated 46-metre superyacht in the world.”
Neville Crichton was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth in 2012 for his services to yachting and business. He has previously built a large number of competitive sailing yachts in his native New Zealand and more recently owned a motor yacht from a leading New Zealand yard.