Feadship, a cooperative venture between two shipyards Royal Van Lent Shipyard and Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw, has launched the 35-metre motor yacht Letani for a client resident in the Far East.
Designed to allow access to shallow waters and smaller marinas in Europe, Scandinavia, the Indian Ocean and Asia, this new Feadship has set a new record of just over two years for the time between the first meeting with the client and the launch.
The launch of Letani was a true family affair as one of the youngest Feadship owners to date celebrated the culmination of a long-held ambition. “I’ve been privileged to be on various different superyachts over the last ten years,” he told the assembled workforce at Feadship’s Aalsmeer yard during the christening ceremony.
“Every time I see a Feadship come by I had two feelings: one, ‘that’s a very special yacht’ and two, ‘I want to get off my boat and step on the Feadship’. It is very exciting that I now get to board my very own Feadship for the first time. The only bad news about this launch is that we’ll miss our visits to the shipyard… We’ve felt part of the family from the keel laying ceremony onwards and building a Feadship has been a wonderful experience.”
Feadship director Bas Nederpelt thanked the owners for their contribution to the record breaking achievement of completing a Feadship in just a couple of days over two years. “Your guidance and input has played a large part in this, along with the many creative minds involved and the excellent overall management by Peter de Vries from the yard and owner’s representative James Hutchinson. Everyone at Feadship has thoroughly enjoyed having such an open relationship with the clients, and the result is a masterpiece of design and construction which offers an unrivalled degree of sophistication for a 35-metre superyacht.”
At this point the champagne bottle was broken on Letani’s breath taking straight bow, one of the features which give this Feadship an impressive top speed of over 20 knots. Her performance is further facilitated by an aluminium hull, while the cutting-edge shape of the bow also provides an additional degree of comfort, as does the installation of zero speed stabilisers. Letani has a contemporary exterior profile with elegant lines and large – often full-length – windows which ensure that the vistas on the outdoor world will be tremendous wherever she may travel.
The length and shallow draught of the vessel are very much linked to the intended use of exploring various parts of the world that are often out of reach to larger superyachts while retaining Feadship standards of quality. Letani’s open decks provide maximum entertainment and flexibility for the family and their guests. Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Studio Liaigre worked in close collaboration to create a warm, comfortable and liveable apartment-like interior with clean and minimal detailing. A calm atmosphere prevails with smoked eucalyptus combining very well with deeply smoked and washed oak flooring and randomly veneered wall panels.
Letani’s layout and its functions are also designed around the owners and their family. A fine example is the special TV nook which divides the lounge and dining room. As the television is on a swivelling bracket it can also be viewed from a saloon area geared to gathering people together in a restful manner. The dining area has an informal French bistro ambience, with a tapered table and long banquette. Elsewhere, the various accommodations for eight in the owner’s stateroom, full-beam VIP and two convertible guest suites also exude relaxation on a Feadship with a unique style all of her own.
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