Feadship has launched the 57.6-metre Larisa for an experienced owner. “It’s now some 400 years since Peter the Great came from Russia to the Netherlands to learn yacht building and we have been trying to perfect the art ever since. But we still can’t beat Feadship, which is why I had my boat built here,” said the happy owner at the launch ceremony. The striking exterior has been styled by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects, while the interior by Bannenberg & Rowell features influences from “Greece, Italy, the Riviera and the Byzantine Empire”, said the yard.

Interior highlights include a circular dining area on the bridge deck aft, with round doors that slide all the way open, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy alfresco dining, while the use of glass in the sides of the stairways to port and starboard and the low bulwalks add to the open feel.

At the launch ceremony, Feadship director Henk de Vries praised the excellent cooperation with the owner’s team, Bannenberg & Rowell Design and the captain. “The designers did an incredible job in creating detail and intricacy, creating an interesting and detailed interior,” he said. Larisa was the first new order signed after the beginning of the financial crisis and he paid tribute to the “smart and efficient negotiating skills of Will Christie at Y.CO, who played an important role in bringing this project to fruition at a crucial time for the industry”.

As always, the final word goes to the owner. “As someone who has been involved in engineering various construction projects, I understand how difficult it is to create something as magnificent as Larisa on time and within budget. Everyone at Feadship has done a fantastic job,” he said.