AMSTERDAM – Legacy builders in the Netherlands make ever bigger superyachts, the average price of which now hovers around €57 million, according to industry data. Because demand is acute, dozens of superyachts are in-build today in vast, squeaky-clean build halls across the verdant Dutch flatlands.
“The majority of (Feadship) projects currently underway exceeds 80m (262ft.),” says Feadship Director Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “And there is a clear trend to go ever larger.”
Next Spring, Feadship will open, in the Port of Amsterdam, its 4th yard, where it can build to 160m (525ft.)!
As Dutch superyachts grow larger, they also become extremely complex. So, what does it take to keep a large Feadship (like the 102m Symphony) humming and cruising? In its just-published annual PILOT magazine, the Dutch custom builder offers an interesting perspective. It reports that a 100m Feadship:
— Holds 121 different systems requiring power and sophisticated management, such as automated control of lighting, climate and entertainment systems.
— Can use in 1 week as much power as a large house in 1 year, making energy saving a top priority, but not at the expense of onboard comfort and luxury.
— Carries 350 kms (217 mi) cables _ almost the distance between New York and Washington, DC. Electricity: 200 kms (125 mi); Audio-Visual and IT: 70 kms (44 mi) and Alarm & monitoring: 50 kms (31 mi). The bridge alone requires 30kms (19 mi) of cabling.
— Is packed with 80-core cables spreading like multicolored arteries across the yacht. In the 1970s, a large Feadship had 4-core cables.
— Has 75 Wi-Fi access points receiving the signal coming into the central computers from satellite dishes. The Wi-Fi boxes identify individuals by their cellphones and take their preferred light and musical settings as they move around the vessel.