Feadship outfits 55m ‘expedition-style’ yacht

AALSMEER – Legacy superyacht builder Feadship has begun outfitting its 55m Project 708.

The yard says the “fully self-sufficient and exceptionally fuel-efficient” yacht, designed by Philippe Briand and Vitruvius Yachts Ltd., can be delivered as of mid-2021.

The expedition-style yacht is for a client “with enormous experience of exploring the world” who will take the yacht on trips through the North-West and North-East Passages.

The yacht has a steel ice-class hull and an advanced sonar system to explore the ocean floor. Feadship says it will not have traditional fin stabilizers that may be damaged by submerged.

Instead, the yacht will have the largest gyroscope system Feadship has built to date.

“In addition to this 20-ton unit,” says the Dutch builder, “Project 708 will carry lots of heavy toys. Primary among these is a 6.3-tonne submarine that will be housed on the long flat aft deck along with a massive crane.”

The latter will be capable of lift 7,000 kilos and have a reach of 8m. It will be used to raise and lower the sub, a limousine tender and the owner’s car.

Project 708’s interior design is by Danielle Boutsen of Boutsen Design.