Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Feadship in landmark launch

Dutch superyacht builder Feadship has launched the 73-m Hasna, the first Feadship built for an Australian owner. The client is a proficient yachtsman who has poured all his considerable experience in life and business into his first bespoke Feadship. 

Hasna is a true family Feadship, blending a variety of home-from-home entertainment features within a timeless sculptured exterior and a suave, beach chic interior, both created together with British studio RWD.

“The story of this Feadship very much revolves around the journey of the client and his family,” says Feadship director Jan-Bart Verkuyl. “He was the first owner ever to give a speech at the start of the build to the entire workforce, sharing his life story and why this Feadship would be so important to him and his family. They were very involved in the build and the owner also flew his friends halfway around the world to share the fun of the construction process with them on several occasions.” 


Hasna’s layout is a textbook example of how pure custom yacht-building works in practice. The engine room has been placed forward of the lower deck suites so that guests can have a direct connection to the beach club, allowing the younger members of the family to easily access this prime fun location. The beach club itself – which includes a gym and a dedicated relaxation area – is not, as is often the case, placed directly on the stern, instead opening up to port and starboard with large balcony doors. 

This arrangement in turn frees up space for a deep swimming pool on the main deck aft. And because the pool was required to be eight m long, albeit without compromising on crucial features on the main deck such as a cinema. In a similar vein, the yacht’s length was extended to provide additional facilities for crew on the lower and tank deck (including larger than usual cabins and an extra crew lounge), and even a butler’s cabin was created


Everything about Hasna’s design and layout is geared towards her intended use by the family while also ensuring that she will be a fabulous Feadship for chartering purposes. An excellent example is the sun deck, which has an interior section amidships with sliding doors forward and aft. A bar runs from inside the saloon to the exterior aft deck and is divided by the sliding door, the gap for which is cleverly concealed by a sliding champagne bucket. With the doors open and everything ready, guests have 25 m of deck available, complete with the kind of barbecue and grill set up for which the Aussies are renowned and a 3-m Jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads. This all makes for a relaxing chill out deck during the day, a buzzing party zone at night, and anything in-between that the guests might desire. 


A smart aspect of Hasna’s design is the way she offers distinctive areas for different generations of the family at various times of the day, while ensuring everyone still feels part of the collective whole, even when some people are indoors and others out. This is in part achieved by ensuring easy access and connecting lines of sight, and also by having a unifying flow of materials throughout the entire vessel. 

The striking textures include whitewashed oak with contrasts in stained walnut, linens and cottons for the walls with beautiful 5-mm trims on the panels, and lots of bronze detailing. The overall interior style features a stunning array of woods and finishes: the wellness spa alone includes mother-of-pearl, dark teak, cedar, marble, metal inserts, leather and five different fabrics. The delicate use of smoked eucalyptus in the master stateroom reflects the owner’s heritage, as does a bespoke piece of artwork running from the main deck entrance up to the bridge deck. 


“The brief was to create a timeless exterior profile with lots of subtle details, many of which are inspired by an automotive aesthetic,” explains Charlie Baker, project manager at RWD. “Hasna’s profile has an understated elegance interrupted by standout features such as the giant swimming pool on the aft main deck with its infinity waterfall and curved glass sections. Profile elements of note include the sculptural mast structure, the subtle scoops that run around the main superstructure, and the large floating stainless steel cap rail. The latter was an incredible challenge to build, one which Feadship executed exceedingly well.”

“The owner has been visiting boat shows for twenty-plus years leading up to this moment,” concludes Hasna’s captain Steve Barker. “Having owned and chartered other yachts, he ultimately chose Feadship for his first large build based on a conviction that quality and value for money are paramount. He was not disappointed: the craftsmanship and attention to detail is outstanding and a testament to the men and women involved. The owner sees Feadship as the pinnacle of custom yachtbuilding – and my experiences here during the build have confirmed that.”


Type: Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure 

Length overall: 73.00m 239’6” 

Beam overall: 11.90m 39’1” 

Draught (loaded): 3.45m 11’4” 

Fuel capacity: 169,670 litres 44,825 US gallons 

Fresh water capacity: 36,880 litres 9,740 US gallons 


Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects 

Exterior styling: RWD 

Interior design: RWD 


Main engines: 2x MTU 12V4000M53 1380 kW @ 1800 rpm 

Generators: 3x MTU 250 ekW [email protected] rpm 

Stabilizers: Naiad zero speed 

Speed (max/cruise): 16 knots/14 knots 

Range: 5,500 NM @ 12 knots 


Owner: Owner’s stateroom with double bathrooms and dressing rooms on main deck 

Guests: Six guests in three double staterooms and four guests in two twin staterooms. Four staterooms on lower deck, one on bridge deck. 

Crew: Twelve crew in six crew cabins, two in captain’s cabin, five in four officer cabins, one in chef’s cabin, one in butler’s cabin 

Water sports: 1x 9-m limousine tender, 1x 8-m sport tender, 2x wave runners.

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