One of the biggest megayachts being completed this year, Feadship Hull 808 will soon conduct sea trials. The 333-foot (101.5-meter), blue-hulled yacht undertook a five-day journey from the shipyard in La Kaag, The Netherlands to Rotterdam in preparation, plus for final fit-out. Why five days? Hull 808 had to navigate a number of narrow waterways and locks, plus have her mast taken apart for clearances.
To put the canals into perspective, consider this. In 2012, when the hull of Project 808 was being sent from Feadship’s subcontractor to the yard, a major lock wasn’t wide enough to accommodate it. The hull was therefore in two sections. That lock has since been widened, to 45’9” (14 meters). That’s just enough for Hull 808, with a beam of 46’3” (14.1 meters), to squeeze by.
Hull 808, whose name is still being kept confidential (though it briefly broadcast via AIS within the past few days) bears styling by Tim Heywood. Rising six decks high, she has captivated yacht watchers worldwide. In fact, a popular Facebook group, Feadship Fanclub, gets hundreds of hits each day and documents as many launches and hand-overs as possible. All of the images here are from the Feadship Fanclub, too.
Feadship expects sea trials for Hull 808 to confirm a 22-knot top speed. In the meantime, click on any of the images below to launch a slideshow.