Feadship Makkum Making Most of Refit Space

The Feadship facilities are first and foremost focused on custom yacht construction. Refits have become an important component of the work, too. Two Feadships are undergoing a variety of upgrades and maintenance tasks at one of the yards. Two more are coming in a few months, too.

Currently, Feadship’s Makkum location is working on Air and another unnamed significant-size superyacht. The shipyard will only say that the latter exceeds 230 feet (70 meters) and has an “extensive” checklist. As for Air, the 266-footer (81-meter) is undergoing her five-year class surveys. The megayacht is also having her fuel capacity bolstered. Feadship has not divulged the new figure, but for perspective, at delivery in 2011, she carried 45,306 gallons (171,500 liters). That permits a reported best range of 6,400 nautical miles at 12 knots with her twin MTUs. Air is remaining in Makkum through the fall.

Simultaneously, the Makkum facility is undergoing a bit of a refit itself. Feadship is extending the main shed for megayachts to 230 feet. The two above-mentioned yachts are able to be refitted there presently because of the yard’s drydock. It measures 294 feet (120 meters) long. If you’re not familiar with the Makkum yard, Feadship acquired it from Amels in 2005, with the facility itself dating back to 1918.

Feadship Predator

Come September, the Makkum yard will see two more Feadship refits start. The first to arrive will be the 12-year-old Tatasu. The 155’8” (47.5-meter) megayacht is undergoing a repower and full engine-room upgrade, among other tasks. Around the same time, the 164-foot (49.99-meter) Aurora B will arrive. She’s an older yacht as well, delivered in 1992. Aurora B is no stranger to the Makkum facility, having been there in 2007 for comprehensive upgrades to her interior, exterior, and equipment. This fall, she’s having her sewage-treatment system upgraded for regulatory requirements. Undisclosed construction work, plus a repaint, are also on her checklist.

Not to be left out, yet another Feadship is being refitted currently under the yard’s guidance, though not at home. She’s Predator (above), at Monaco Marine in France. Feadship personnel are overseeing and carrying out the work. The 238’8” (72.8-meter) megayacht is gaining two staterooms, to bring guest capacity to 10. The refit of Predator should wrap up by summertime.

2 thoughts on “Feadship Makkum Making Most of Refit Space

  1. What City is Makkum Yard located. Please ? I have worked in the Marine Industry for over 45 yrs. I am in So. Calif now. I worked for Maxwell Winches for a few years in Calif. I have spent over 20 yrs as a Bowman in Sailing and Ocean Racing. I am now going on 71 as of 2/25/2019. I have raced most of my life – SORC’s – 14 of them, Jamaica RAces, Bermuda Races, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii many times. I loved Sailing but now , a bit old for it. I Worked as a yacht broker, Dockmaster, Travel Lift Operator, Fork lift.. Loved the Marine Travel lift most of all. I have Skippered a few Feadships and was running a Haakvort Sport Fisher with a Friend in Maryland. My passion was Ocean Racing for over 45 yrs. Stopped in 2014. Lung disease, and Back Discs Destroyed..
    Love your Publication. Thank you, Lloyd Stowe – Hemet CA. 92544 USA.

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