You’d think that come launch day, an owner would be overjoyed. The owner of Letani was certainly thrilled to see his 114-footer (nearly 35-meter) splash at Feadship. But, he was also sad—sad that he and his family will soon no longer visit with the craftspeople and executives whom he’s come to cherish.
In fact, during the christening, he said, “It is very exciting that I now get to board my very own Feadship for the first time. The only bad news about this launch is that we’ll miss our visits to the shipyard… We’ve felt part of the family from the keel laying ceremony onward.”
Letani, launched a little over two years after the initial meeting with the owner. Hailing from Asia, he did a good deal of homework, long wanting to build with Feadship, too. “I’ve been privileged to be on various different superyachts over the last ten years,” he said. “Every time I saw a Feadship come by, I had two feelings. One, ‘That’s a very special yacht,’ and two, ‘I want to get off my boat and step on the Feadship.’”
When he does step aboard for his inaugural cruise, Letani will treat him to good speeds. Feadship and De Voogt Naval Architects engineered her for a 20-knot top end and 12-knot cruise under MTU power. Range should be 3,200 nautical miles at 10 knots. The 5’9” (1.8-meter) draft will enable the all-aluminum megayacht to reach shallow anchorages as well, of great importance to the owner and his family.
Also of great importance: Letani having a welcoming, home-like atmosphere. For example, rather than having a formal dining area, the family wanted a relaxed, bistro-like spot. It features a banquette and table combination. Smoked eucalyptus combines with smoked and washed oak from the main deck through the four staterooms. (Letani has a full-beam VIP, two convertible guest staterooms, and of course a full-beam owner’s suite.) Oak is the dominant wood underfoot and on walls. The nearly full-height windows bring as much light inside as they permit terrific views to the surrounding region. The owner worked with Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Christian Liaigre for the layout and decor.
Delivery takes place by summertime.