PHOTOS: Tom van Oossanen
A desire to pursue new adventures with a plethora of watertoys and vehicles led to this moment. So, too, did height restrictions inside her build shed. Sherpa is still several months from completion at Feadship, but soon to gain her mast and more features for her upper decks.
The owner who commissioned Sherpa is a current Feadship customer. As the name suggests, the 241’5” (73.6-meter) megayacht will guide her owner and guests on explorations near and far. Feadship had to move her out of her construction shed to fit the uppermost features because there simply wasn’t enough room. (It’s a problem a few yards have had over the years as projects have become quite large in relatively fast fashion.) Sherpa also has more work to go on lower decks, but will remain unfinished in some respects. Befitting a rugged traveler, the owner doesn’t want the steel plate welding covered by fairing.
Similarly suiting her intended purpose, Sherpa should tote substantial-size tenders, along with other modes of land transportation. The main aft deck will house some, as will a garage below decks. To launch them, Sherpa will have equally substantial telescopic cranes. One can extend 39 feet (12 meters), while the other extends nearly 66 feet (20 meters). These scopes ensure they can reach the helicopter deck above, among other areas.
Above all, Sherpa is a luxury traveler. Therefore, she has teak decks and polished stainless steel aboard. She further has indulgent areas like a main-deck master suite, a formal dining area, and an observation lounge. Notably, all six guest staterooms sit on the main deck, too. They comprise two VIPs, three twin staterooms, and a single stateroom. Given a beam of 43’3” (13.2 meters), elbow room throughout should be ample. That includes the beach club.
Feadship plans to reveal more details about Sherpa toward the end of the year, when she’s christened. Those details should include the decor, created with RWD. The same studio handled styling, while naval architecture is by De Voogt Naval Architects.