UPDATE, JANUARY 15, 2020: Feadship has finally officially revealed the true name for Project 703. Arrow celebrated her christening ceremony this week. Her owner was on hand, of course. He shared his joy with the crowd, explaining, “Although I had a ten-foot dingy as a child, this is actually my first real boat. I have, however, seen many other people’s superyachts in my life and have to say that Arrow is the most beautiful and amazingly executed of them all.” He added, “Having now seen the end result, there is no doubt in my mind: The best car is a Rolls-Royce, and the equivalent in the superyacht world is definitely a Feadship.”
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Although her formal launch ceremony doesn’t take place until next month, the code-named Project 703 from Feadship is in the water. The 246-foot (75-meter) megayacht will conduct her first few sea trials ahead of her owners breaking the traditional bottle of champagne across her bow.
Currently at the Aalsmeer shipyard in The Netherlands, Project 703 is the first-ever new-build megayacht for her owners. In addition, she is the first Feadship created in collaboration with H2 Yacht Design, for styling. (De Voogt Naval Architects is handling naval architecture.) Celebrating a quarter century in business, H2 Yacht Design has earned a reputation for combining sharp lines with strong curves. This 41-foot-beam (12.5-meter-beam) boat follows suit. Additionally, although her mast is not yet on, Project 703 has a number of strikingly chiseled shapes, including the eye-shape area framing her tall windows along the main deck. Yet another arching shape sits on her upper deck, again framing windows.
Feadship is still keeping a lot of information close to the vest. But, it is divulging a number of design and decor details for the time being. For instance, Project 703 has mosaics rimming the inside of the hot tub on the sundeck. In addition, alfresco furnishings (designed, of course, by H2 Yacht Design) are more elaborate than you might expect. In fact, they are more like the pieces you would find in saloons and other interior areas. Backlit marble and varnished teak are just some of the décor materials onboard. Furthermore, glass railings, which are relatively low in stance, lend a more open feeling while guests are outside.
Feadship pledges to reveal more details, including the real name for Project 703, in upcoming weeks. (If you look closely at the nameboard, though, it appears the name is Arrow.) Perhaps we will learn information about the “truly unique bar area” in the beach club.
H2 Yacht Design h2yachtdesign.com
De Voogt Naval Architects feadship.nl/family/de-voogt-naval-architects