The Dutch yard is building three superyachts from the same design platform.
Feadship has launched the first of its series of three superyachts all built on the same platform. Hull 692 is a sistership to Hull 691 and Hull 693 which will make their respective appearances later in the year.
The superyacht marks a series of firsts for the yard, both in terms of design innovation and platform: the 34-metre yacht features the most amount of glass in terms of percentage of exterior profile of any Feadship ever built, and is also the smallest yacht Feadship have built for a while.
“Three years ago, the owner of a pure custom Feadship asked us to build a smaller yacht to
Feadship standards,” says CEO Henk de Vries. “It needed to have a length and draught that would allow access to new markets where mooring facilities are restricted and facilitate cruising in shallower depths. We don’t like saying no to clients at Feadship so we decided to explore whether it was even practical to design and construct a 34-metre cruiser to Feadship quality within the
boundaries of this compact size. Our research established that, while building such a custom yacht was indeed possible, it would only be economically viable for the client if we built three of them to the same design template. Turning normal market dynamics on their head, we therefore agreed to our client’s proposal as long as he could introduce two more clients who would like to order one of these unique Feadships while, of course, having flexibility in terms of the interior.”
Two more clients were found and the triplets were born. Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects designed and develop the three 34-metre Feadships as commercial yachts (LY3) with unrestricted ocean going capabilities, and a cruising speed of 19 knots.
Thanks to the large amount of glass the interiors are light, and the 2.45-metre high ceilings give 692 a voluminous feel. Designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, the interiors feature a master cabin on the main deck and accommodation for eight below deck in two doubles and two twins, and there will be a crew of six. Hull 691 and Hull 693 have different features and guest accommodation layouts.
“The superyacht owners’ community is a tightknit one, and news quickly spread among them
about these three super innovative projects,” says De Vries. “Before long another client
contacted Feadship to say he would like to have something similar, albeit a metre longer.
And the same process recently played out with another owner who also twisted our arm to
build the fifth and final one. Every owner with a vision for the exceptional is welcome at
Feadship.” These next two Feadships will be launched in 2017.