October 25 was a special day for one yacht owner, as he watched his new Feadship SL39 slide into the water at the Royal De Vries yard. Kathleen Anne was even proclaimed “the ultimate yacht” by her captain, Jol Nichols, due to the cooperation among the various parties who created her.
The second vessel in the Royal De Vries yard’s new semicustom series features more modern styling in comparison to the first SL39, Ocean Mercury, thanks to exterior styling by Guido de Groot. The forward bulwarks of this 39-meter (128-foot) megayacht are higher, for example, and the bow slopes downward for a speedy look. Inside, the contemporary theme continues; the owner worked closely with the team at Bannenberg Design to ensure Kathleen Anne would be a comfortable family boat. No specifics have been released on the layout or decor elements, but Dickie Bannenberg, head of the design studio, commented that the owner was a delight to work for and that “projects always run like clockwork” at Royal De Vries.
Expect the steel-hulled Kathleen Anne to be delivered by the end of the year.