AMSTERDAM – Dutch superyacht builders have begun 2020 by unveiling amazing superyacht projects and designs. Here are just a few:
FEADSHIP: On Jan. 10, a crowd of yard workers, suppliers and the owner and his guests watched Feadship’s 75m (246ft.) Arrow hit the water. Against a darkening sky, it was dramatically illuminated showing off pioneering architecture featuring a razor-sharp bow. Like all other Feadships, a pure custom project.
Quite a number of recent Feadships hover around the 90m (295ft.) mark, says Feadship Director Henk De Vries, adding: “Considerably longer than the 60m (197ft.) spectrum that was more common a decade or two ago.”
In that sense, Arrow is something of a trailblazer: the first in a line of super-luxurious ‘shortish’ yachts. “Arrow is the perfect way for Feadship to launch into a new decade with a cutting-edge design that’s very much the face of this period of the 21st century,” says De Vries.
HEESEN YACHTS began 2020 with 13 yachts in build totaling 731 meters (2,398ft, i.e. almost half a mile!) and 10,114GT. Heesen’s order book includes deliveries of 50-55m yachts – the yard’s core business – and full-custom, one-off projects.
In June, it will join the hull and superstructure of 80m (262ft.) Project Cosmos, the world’s largest and fastest full-aluminum motoryacht. It will achieve a top speed of 29 knots, courtesy of Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ Fast Displacement Hull form and 4 MTU 20V diesel engines
VRIPACK, the design, naval architecture and engineering studio started 2020 by talking up a reimagined Magnum-60 cigarette boat that can do 50+ knots.
It calls it “racy retro at its best … refitted by Perini Navi and reimagined by Vripack.” Called Hammer, the craft evokes the fast-boat era of the 1940-50s. It has a ‘Wimbledon white’ exterior, a white-washed European oak interior and a dashboard with a 1950’s-inspired aeronautical aesthetic.
“If Magnum designed the boat today, this is how we believe they would design her,” says Vripack Creative Director Marnix Hoekstra.
ICON YACHTS confirmed its reputation as the Netherlands’ reconversion specialist with the launch of 68m (223ft.), 2,45GT project Ragnar, an ice-breaker explorer superyacht whose intimidating exterior is the work of Britain’s RWD yacht design.
The original vessel, ‘Sanaborg,’ was an ice-breaking multi-purpose supply vessel built in the Netherlands in 2012. Icon Yachts spent 2 years transferring the craft into an polar explorer packing superyacht comfort and luxury and a certified Ice Class A1 hull. The yacht owes her ice-breaking capability to PC5-rated electric-driven ice pods, has a range of 6,000 nautical miles, a deck for tenders and helipad. Project Ragnar will be chartered through Burgess of London.
ROYAL HUISMAN, maker of large, world class performance sailing yachts, showed in early January how it is building a 55m (180ft.) fast-displacement motor yacht, called Phi. It is millimeter work! It’s ‘fingers and toes, everyone!’ as the hull and superstructure are merged at Royal Huisman’s Hall 2.
Royal Huisman also launched the schooner Sea Eagle II, on Jan. 16. At 81m (266ft.) the world’s largest aluminum sailing yacht was moved it to Royal Huisman’s site in Amsterdam. There, the yacht’s 3 carbon masts, made by Royal Huisman unit Rondal, were installed. The exterior styling is by Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design. In 2019, Royal Huisman worked 21 new constructions or refit projects.
DAMEN SHIPYARDS GROUP and its AMELS superyacht unit began the year with a bang. In January, a lineup of 13 yachts formed at the Amels yard, including the hull of a 78m (256ft.) Amels full custom yacht that will be Amels’ largest to date when it is launched next year. The yacht will join 4 Amels Limited Editions, a pair of Damen SeaXplorers and 5 refits. “In total, we now have 26 yacht projects underway at both our new build and hull building facilities,” says Amels’ Brand and Communications Manager Victor Caminada.
MOONEN YACHTS: 2019 was a bad year and a good year. Moonen declared bankruptcy to cut itself free from a Mexican steel tycoon and fall into the warm embrace of Australian business couple Matthew and Louise Baxter. They plan to complete Moonen’s project YN199 in mid-2020 and build 2 to 3 Moonens of 30 to 50m annually.
YN199 is the 2nd yacht in Moonen’s Martinique series. The first, Brigadoon, was delivered in 2018 and rightly won several awards. The 2nd Martinique has been tweaked, based on feedback from Brigadoon’s owner. The yacht’s Fast Displacement Hull delivers a 4,000-nm range at 10 knots. Project YN199 will be shown at the 2020 Cannes and Monaco yacht shows.