Feadship 223' "Lady Christine"Heir Apparent Successor to the Throne by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy 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. Designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, with interior by British firm Rodney Black; with a bow to Art Deco, owners Lord Irvine and Lady Christine Laidlaw also became deeply involved in the vessel’s configuration throughout. They signed off on every detail, which they charmingly concur, comprised “hundreds of drawings” large and small; but each of utmost importance to them for their new yacht. Those particulars included even infrared sensors, so the especially designed electric doors do not snap shut on their pet doggies, which travel with them everywhere. Four days were in fact spent at Harrods Department Stores choosing “just right” fabrics for interiors.