A few weeks ago, Feadship sent a press release heralding the launch of the first full custom yacht to emerge from the Makkum, Holland, yard of Royal De Vries. Ocean Victory, as she’s named, measures 75.75 meters, or 248’6″, and represents one of the largest Feadships to date. The occasion was celebrated with a laser show as well as a party for a few hundred guests.
Great press release, with plenty of information–but the problem was, Feadship just sent an image showing the yacht’s name written in laser light. No photo of the yacht herself.
I could hear the screams of frustration from yachting journalists worldwide. I emitted one or two myself, then laughed; great way to get us itching for more, after all. It worked: If you’re a subscriber to the Megayacht News newsletter, you saw the teaser image in October, along with brief info about the launch. But I decided to wait until a real photo was in hand to reveal further details here on the site.
So, at last, here’s Ocean Victory. Befitting a yacht with such a bold, proud name, the owners reportedly spent a lot of time researching ways to tailor her to their tastes. Though you can’t see them in this daytime shot, there are LEDs on the outside decks that turn every color imaginable. No doubt that light show will be enjoyed when they’re entertaining upwards of 32 people at the various alfresco dining areas. There’s also high-gloss teak outside, including along the windscreen on the sundeck.
The owners hired Alberto Pinto and Laura Sessa to collaborate on the interior, where 12 guests are accommodated in six suites. Among the other highlights: a 12-person cinema, three lounges, and a health club complete with gym, sauna, hammam/steam room, and massage room. There’s also a contra-flow pool on the sundeck that can warm from 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) to 38 C (100 F) in 30 minutes. Should anyone want to escape the yacht for a while, three tenders and three water scooters are stowed in the lazarette.
Some other quick facts: beam is 13.6 meters, or 44’7″; draft is 4.1 meters, or 13’5″; and fuel capacity is 190,000 liters, or just shy of 50,200 gallons.
Considering the hull, which was built in Feadship’s hull shop in Papendrecht, arrived in Makkum in July of last year, the timeline for the completion of such a large yacht is pretty impressive. From the lowest layer of the aluminum superstructure being laid on the hull to launch day, it was just 13 months–on time, to the owners’ and captain’s delight. “I have been astounded by the tireless enthusiasm of the yard personnel in De Vries Makkum and the rest of the Feadship group,” Capt. Paul Jackson said at the launch. “Ocean Victory is a yacht of peerless quality.”
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