Two launches taking place within about 24 hours makes for a busy day. Feadship sent both Project 708 and Project 707, a.k.a. Boardwalk, out from different construction sheds within that time span this week.
Project 708 (below) departed from Feadship’s hull subcontractor in Papendrecht, The Netherlands yesterday with tugs. The megayacht is making her way today and tomorrow to the Feadship facility in Aalsmeer for fit out. Unfortunately, many aspects about the sharply designed Project 708 remain closely guarded secrets. The few facts the contributing teams can reveal include an LOA of 180 feet (55 meters), plus interior design from Boutsen Design. Additionally, styling and naval architecture are by Philippe Briand’s Vitruvius Yachts.
Briand established Vitruvius Yachts to prioritize efficient operations. Specifically, he and his fellow designers leverage their experience with sailing yachts to optimize hull lines, proportions, volume, and weight. This benefits Project 708 because she has global explorations in store, following completion at the end of 2021. In fact, Feadshp says her owner has “enormous experience” with worldwide voyages. He further intends to cross the Northwest Passage and the Northeast Passage, the latter along the Arctic coasts of Norway and Russia. Therefore, the yacht features an ice-classed steel hull, plus a sonar for mapping the ocean floor. Project 708 will tote a hefty sub and dedicated launching crane, too. The same crane will handle both a limo tender and the owner’s car.
Project 708 won’t see her formal christening and launch until 2021. Project 707, a.k.a. Boardwalk, however, is much farther along. Although it is an ever-so-brief look at her, the photo at top reveals her with her nameboard for the first time. Once she gets her mast fitted, she should head out for sea trials. Boardwalk measures 251 feet (76.5 meters), and is more of a traditional motoryacht in looks and, likely, intended use. The design and build teams have not publicly commented on her owner or features. But, yacht watchers assert that Boardwalk belongs to an experienced cruiser who has long enjoyed private travels and does not offer his yachts for charter. Furthermore, he enjoys cruising in U.S. waters.
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Vitruvius Yachts vitruviusyachts.com