Feadship Yachts is the combination of two Netherlands shipyards, who started independently and came together in 1949. The De Vries and Royal Van Lent families were the founders of Feadship yachts. The name of Feadship is an acronym for the First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders. The marketing of Feadship began in the United States, where an active market for pleasure and luxury yachts was emerging. Feadship has produced custom-built displacement motoryachts, which can range from 70 feet to their largest 282 foot “Ecstasea”. De Vries Scheepsbouw is at the heart of Aaslmeer, and the Van Lent shipyard is on Kaag Island. The design center, De Voogt Naval Architects, is in Haarlem. Feadship uses steel and aluminum for construction of their yachts. Orders began flowing for yachts by the mid 1950's. By the 1960's, Feadship achieved steady growth - both in the organization's reputation and the size of the vessels built. By the early 1970's however, Feadship's popularity was soaring, with several yachts being launched each year. Notable business magnates such as Henry Ford and Malcolm Forbes became owners of Feadship yachts, which helped give Feadship a global and corporate identity. With over 200 Feadships gracing the world's oceans, a commitment to supplying total reliability has clearly paid off. On average five major craft are launched annually, and Feadship is acknowledged as a global leader in the construction of premium quality displacement motoryachts. De Vries Scheepsbouw was founded in 1923. The yard is now solely dedicated to building custom-built motoryachts. Today the workforce has expanded to 250 highly skilled craftsmen and two motoryachts are built each year. The Shipyard encompasses two dry docks and one slipway with building capacity up to 80 meters in length. The Van Lent yard was founded in 1849. Today the workforce has expanded to over 250 highly skilled craftsmen as well and the yard builds two motoryachts per year. The Shipyard encompasses two dry docks and two slipways with building capacity up to 100 meters in length. De Voogt Naval Architects was established in 1912 and was one of the original founders of the Feadship organization. Today 58 permanent staff members and a number of freelance specialists cover every discipline of yacht engineering and yacht design: naval architecture, mechanical engineering and interior design drawing. The close relationship between De Voogt and the yards ensures a fundamental understanding of the construction techniques of the builders as well as the utmost quality in design, engineering and construction. So many of the world’s most famous yachts carry the Feadship insignia, including no less than 6 Gallant Lady’s. One of Feadship’s latest launches, which is a testament to their craftsmanship, is the 235’ “Utopia”.
A legend often stands alone. Adding to, or indeed surpassing one, is never a simple challenge. Designing, building and delivering superb yachts is like a fine art. Requirements, tenets, performance must be observed in the creation of excellent seagoing vessels. However, Feadship has accomplished this rare feat again and again in the luxury yachting world. And while its own excellent creations continue to set new pinnacles, the acclaimed builder has now launched yet another yacht to be noticed, admired, praised. She is the pristine “Lady Christine.” On many occasions, the design pinnacle is very much influenced by long-experienced yachtsmen-owners. Here too, with many successes to their credits, Lord and Lady Laidlaw, owners of previous super-class yachts over a lifetime of motor-yachting-sailing dedication, have chosen Feadship. Again. This titled yachtsman, world-class sailor, offers the builder his highest praise, affirming the Royal Dutch Shipyards as the paramount super-yacht producer. The Lord’s numerous international sailing-racing escutcheons and ownership of super-yachts attest to his competence in measuring nautical operational achievement.
Future Feadship!X-Bow meets the X-Files. Like a Klingon Warship uncloaking itself to strike, Feadship debuted a radical new concept at the Monaco Yacht Show… the 241’ “X-Stream”. A drastic departure in design, this aXe-bow boat with a see-thru superstructure is as extreme as the name implies. A future Feadship of sorts, the model is presented as a conceptual look at a possible course to plot for the renowned Dutch builder. Although the X-Stream remains a concept, the technology to build it and the interest it has generated are very real. With a contract for build, Feadship could take this boat from theory to reality in short order, as the fundamentals of the design have already been carried out by the De Voogt design studio, in conjunction with the Delft Institute of Technology in Holland. The result is more than a Feadship with a new figure, it’s producing numbers that dictate the design is worthy of development.
If indeed practice does make perfect; and if the “rule of threes” governs the most intricate proportions of the fine arts, Richard and Judi Duchossois have scored a perfect ten with their latest 198’ Feadship, Blue Moon. The third to bear that monogram in a triumph of glamorous yacht building, their treasure yacht has advanced from its storied beginnings through two progressions to arrive at its current pinnacle.
Dutch superyacht builder Feadship has delivered their first yacht of the new year. The 58-meter "Najiba" is the yacht with that distinction. Najiba was launched just after the new year turned and was quickly prepared for her sea trials. She left The Netherlands at the start of this weekend and according to her AIS she ended up in Bergen, Norway where she presently is up to press time.
The first superyacht of the new year has been launched and earlier today at Feadship in Aalsmeer, the 58-meter "Najiba" was towed from her construction hall. Her name meaning 'Noble' is easy going in rolling off the tongue and the experienced owner admires the vessel's many characteristics including the exterior lines by Philippe Briand and modern-sophisticated interior by Christian Liaigre.
The 51-meter "Promise" otherwise known as hull 701 was recently delivered to her owner. The yacht which is the first Feadship to be rated Ice Class, was launched back in August. She will make good use of her Ice Class rating as her owner intends to take Promise to Polar regions of the world. De Voogt is responsible for the exterior design while Bannenberg & Rowell have done the interior work design wise.
Dutch yard Feadship might not have made an official announcement as yet on the delivery of their 87-meter superyacht "Lonian" but she has left the yard and recently turned up in Gibraltar. Lonian was built as hull 700 and launched in early July. Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design is responsible for her exterior design and her conventional yet striking flag blue hull stands out with a polished "V" design plate midships. The interior was a collaboration between Sinot and Richard Hallberg Interior Design.
A large 93-meter superyacht with design lines by Michael Leach Design emerged from the construction hall of Feadship's Royal van Lent facilities in Kaag today. The interior is by Reymond Langton which has been described as being likened to a, ''beautiful and contemporary jewelry box''. This is a yacht built under hull-number 814 with sizable proportions. 93-meters in length she also has a generous 14.10-meter beam. The new superyacht, expected to be called "Lady S" when completed is packed with features including unique facets.
Feadship successfully launched their largest superyacht to-date earlier this week. The 110-meter yacht is also nearly the largest superyacht built in the Netherlands narrowly falling second to OceAnco's "Jubilee". Immediately the lines on this superyacht will look familiar to those who know the work of Michael Leach. Similarities are seen on this build consistent with two notable builds they collaborated on, namely Feadship's "Anna" and "Palladium" from German yard Blohm & Voss. Although in this build Michael Leach's work is on the interior in collaboration with the owner's personal decorator Brian McCarthy Inc.
Dutch custom building yard Feadship announced this morning that a new yacht exited their sheds at Aalsmeer. This is the fourth Feadship yacht to be launched for the year 2017. Even though the yacht has been towed outside of the shed, there is still not a whole lot known about the build. We do know that this is hull build number 696. Feadship says that they will release information (like name) when they 'officially launch' the yacht. The exterior design is by themselves while the interior is by Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD).
Dutch yard Feadship launched the fourth unit in the so-called 'Lagoon' series back in January. The yacht is now conducting her sea trials ahead of its delivery. The craft was recently spotted departing Amsterdam to conduct her first round of sea trials in these photos below by Dutch Yachting. This yacht was built as hull 698 and is the fourth to date. The yard also has another 'Lagoon' cruiser at the facilities, the fifth hull.