Now confirmed for the Monaco Yacht Show, we take a closer look at the Dubois-designed Kiss.
The superyacht was launched in early 2015 – fittingly on Valentine’s Day – and will be moored at T20 on the T Jetty.
Similarly to Lady May, ex-Como, exterior styling is by Ed Dubois and interior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon. Although reminiscent of Lady May, Feadship director Henk de Vries insisted at the time of Kiss‘s launch that the yachts are each unique and built for different owners with different requirements.
Six months after the yard signed the contract for Lady May, Ed Dubois came to Feadship with the client for Kiss: “Ed was highly appreciative of the way that the Feadship yards work with outside designers as well as the in-house naval architects at Feadship De Voogt. Even though Lady May and Kiss have similar looks, they are very different yachts,” said De Vries.
“The owner of Kiss required a more conventional speed of 16 knots, compared to Lady May’s 19, so she has a different power plant. And while Lady May has an open-top deck, Kiss has a complete master penthouse on the upper deck. This added both volume and weight to the yacht, requiring a revised lines plan,” he says. The private owner’s deck is an unusual feature on a yacht of her size, and allows the VIP cabin to be in the traditional place of the master on the main deck. An aluminium-plated sunroof on the owner’s deck slides back to allow natural light into the room.
The yard also described the yacht as “the most complex object ever to have been metallically painted”. She features a metallic black hull with a red stripe on the waterline, that required Feadship to develop special mixing machines and electrically charged spray guns so that the metallic flakes would fall in perfect order.
On the top deck these is a Jacuzzi under the mast, surrounded by sunpads. Access is from the owner’s deck. There is accommodation for ten guests in five suites as well as four crew cabins, a crew mess and a captain’s cabin near the raised pilothouse.
Redman Whiteley Dixon’s interiors feature a crisp, modern look, with lots of neutral shades and metallic accents. Mark Whiteley and Toby Ecuyer started the work together, and Toby and Douglas Hynd completed the work. “They did a fantastic job on Kiss,” said De Vries. “It is never easy to take over an interior design project once underway and, on behalf of Feadship, I would like to say how impressed we are again with RWD’s work.”