Grey skies the last weekend of winter were no match for the enthusiasm greeting the launch of the still-partly-confidential Feadship 823 yacht. She slipped into the water in La Kaag, The Netherlands, which is the site of the Royal Van Lent facilities.
It comes a little over a year after the 221-footer (67.4-meter) marked her technical launch at her hull construction site in Slob. Other than her LOA, the shipyard needed to keep a tight lid on her specifications and special features. Now, however, it can reveal some more information.
Firstly, she’s an all-in-house project in terms of styling and interior design, from the drawing tables of Studio De Voogt. The looks are sculpted and brawny, while still retaining an air of elegance. “The main theme of the yacht is strength,” explains Jan Schaffers, senior designer at Studio De Voogt. This explains why the design team amped up radiuses in her profile. Engineering for her steel hull, meanwhile, is from Azure Naval Architects.
A project the size of the Feadship 823 yacht typically has accommodations for at least 12 in the owners’ party. She differs, though, in having accommodations for 10 instead. They comprise three staterooms below decks, a VIP suite on the bridge deck, and of course a main-deck master suite. The owner, who’s previously enjoyed yacht ownership, wanted his family to enjoy a warm, welcoming, and relaxed ambience. Organic shapes, natural colors, and pale woods help set the scene.
Yet another interior area where the family will spend time together: the aft lower deck. Here, they have a wellness area as well as a gym. Since the owner wanted it to be pretty ample, the tenders stow on the foredeck.
Outside, meanwhile, the Feadship 823 yacht has a few special features. The family anticipates spending a lot of time up on the sundeck, for instance. Therefore, it includes a central hang-out area with glass windbreakers. It’s nicely sheltered by a hardtop, too, though skylights—nine of them—sit nestled overhead in it. Similarly, windows to each side provide protection without preventing them from enjoying the views.
One more fact, this time about her future: She’ll charter. Feadship reveals she’ll have a crew count of 15 under commercial use and 17 when with the owners and their guests.
Sea trials will take place in a few months. Final outfitting has yet to be completed.
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More About the Feadship 823 Yacht
LOA: 221’2” (67.4 meters)
Beam: 37’5” (11.4 meters)
Draft: 11’2” (3.4 meters)
Guests: 10 in 5 staterooms
Engines: 2/2,000-hp MTUs
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Stylist: Studio de Voogt
Naval Architect: Azure Naval Architects Interior Designer: Studio De Voogt