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Feadship W Superyacht Revealed After Major Refit

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Feadship has completed a major refit of the 57.6m superyacht W in the home base of the Netherlands.
Aft view of Motor Yacht W built by Feadship
Superyacht W sits in the sun after its refit. Credit: Feadship

The Feadship built superyacht W, originally launched as Larisa in 2013, was recently purchased by a new owner who could see the benefits of embarking on a refit to better reflect the ways in which they liked to enjoy life at sea. The new livery and antifouling were just part of an enormous range of alterations made to W over the 10-month process.

Having completed the refit and post-project sea trials, Superyacht W was handed back on Friday 17 July 2020 to her delighted owner who could now appreciate the new striking metallic silver hull glistening in the Dutch sunshine.

Aerial view of superyacht W built by Feadship post refit
Superyacht W with new interior and exterior modifications. Credit: Feadship

“After buying W in 2019 I set out to not only refit my newly acquired Feadship to my specific requirements but to also renew her in every possible respect while ensuring that she remained 100% a Feadship,” the owner explained.

“Owning a Feadship gives one an enormous sense of pride and I am convinced that the only way to retain full Feadship pedigree is to access the formidable talents and capabilities of the entire Feadship organisation. It was wonderful to be able to bring her back to the Netherlands and know that she would be upgraded by many of the same people that actually created her seven years ago. No one in the world knows a Feadship like the people that actually built her and that shows in the exceptional results of this refit project.”

Superstructure detail of superyacht W built by Feadship
Superstructure detail of superyacht W. Credit: Feadship

Interior Modifications

The foremost renewal activities included placing a larger Jacuzzi on the sun deck and implementing major modifications to the interior layout. An inspired improvement to the main deck lounge has fashioned a far more open and uniformed space, while the number of staterooms available has been increased from four to six. This allows four extra guests and increases the total POB capacity with crew from 22 to 26.

The former VIP stateroom on the lower deck has been converted into two equal-sized and equally luxurious guest suites to port and starboard. A double Murphy’s bed has been installed in the bridge deck lounge and the adjacent powder room refitted into a dedicated marble-clad bathroom for those times when the lounge is used as a suite for guests, who will enjoy the best of views as well as lots of space. The fine interior style developed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design in 2013 has been largely retained, complemented by various personal touches made by the owner together with Fort Lauderdale-based A La Mer, Inc.

The all white livery of Superyacht W before refit
The all-white livery of Superyacht W before her refit. Credit: Feadship
Side profile view of superyacht W built by Feadship
The subtle new silver livery gives Superyacht W a modern edge. Credit: Feadship

Technical upgrades

On the technical front, the starting point for the owner was to ensure that all major systems on W were dialed back to ‘zero time. The wheelhouse on W has been given a comprehensive upgrade with all-new screens. All on-board lighting has been switched from halogen to LEDs, which necessitated the removal of all ceilings and relaying of all cabling. The AV and IT systems have been totally renewed and a new sewage treatment unit fitted. Both MTU main engines have been completely overhauled and all other systems reviewed and modernized where required. Many other smaller maintenance jobs were also catered for, from sprucing up areas of the bridge colored by the sun to adding new glass inserts to all the interior cupboards.

This impressive refit involved close cooperation with the owner’s team and between two different Feadship yards. The project was initially started in Aalsmeer with the dry-docking phase taking place in Makkum. This enabled all the extra work requests from the owner’s team to be fully met without having any impact on other ongoing timetables.

Superyacht W built by Feadship navigates a Dutch canal
Superyacht W navigates a Dutch canal after her refit. Credit: Feadship

COVID Impacts

The projected delivery time was extended due to a doubling of the scope of the activities and the need to take the coronavirus into account. The latter did lead to a slight lowering of the work pace as yard shift patterns were staggered to enhance safety, part of a rigorous series of measures implemented across all four Feadship yards in the Netherlands to ensure they continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner.

“An additional challenge was the need to have travel restrictions lifted before key crew members could re-join the vessel,” explains project manager Hans van der Wiel. “The owner was very impressed with how these unprecedented issues were handled, especially because much of the refit had to proceed with only ‘remote’ consultations possible with his team. The owner’s original decision to send W from the Med to the Netherlands for the project based on Feadship’s unrivaled reputation for keeping to agreements has been fully validated.”

Feadship Authenticity

The second reason why W was placed in Feadship’s hands was the client’s desire to ensure that his newly acquired Feadship remained just that, a Feadship. “The owner and his team are very pleased with the final result,” adds Van der Wiel. “They asked for a wide array of additional activities to be carried out once the project was underway confident that this would be money well spent. And the owner is delighted that the end result does not look like a refit – you really would feel that W was built this way in the first place.” As W now gets ready to embark on a new season of adventures, she will also be awarded the Feadship Authenticity Certificate. This confirmation of premium Feadship quality is granted to Feadships refitted and/or maintained under the auspices of the My Feadship programme managed by Feadship Refit & Services or to those that have been inspected and approved by the Feadship Authenticity Committee. Offering official recognition of a Feadship’s tip-top condition, this certification and any related warranty clauses adds to the resale value as well as giving complete peace of mind to owners.

New silver livery of Superyacht W after refit by Feadship
The Superyacht W refit was completed in 10 months. Credit: Feadship

2020 Upgrades For Superyacht W

  • Bridge electronics and navigation systems
  • Silver metal paint scheme and style upgrades
  • Stabilization system with adaptive stabilizer control
  • Sewage treatment to latest standards
  • Larger hot tub-Change from four suites to six
  • Day head converted into full bathroom-AV/IT systems
  • Full LED lighting throughout
  • Addition of third generator by using emergency generator
  • Alarm Monitoring& Control System
  • Shaft seals-Exterior paint, teak, and ceilings
  • Main lounge redesign
  • New boilers for hot water supply
  • Provisions for many more water toys
  • Bow tender area gasoline storage approved by Lloyd’s Register and flags state
  • Redesign of sun-shades and furniture placement on sundeck
  • Larger and expandable outdoor dining table on sun deck
  • FLIR gyro-stabilized camera on foremast
  • Video surveillance systems
  • Flag change to USA, with strict adherence to United States Coast Guard requirements and regulations

Superyacht W Specs:

  • Type: Twin screw motoryacht, steel hull and aluminium superstructure
  • Length overall: 57.60m / 189’
  • Beam overall: 10.55m / 34’4”
  • Draft (loaded): 3.25m / 10’8”
  • Fuel capacity: 100,000 l / 26,417 US Gallons
  • Freshwater capacity: 25,000 l / 6,604 US Gallons
  • Staterooms: 6
  • Passengers: 12 plus 14 crew
  • Exterior styling: Studio De Voogt
  • Interior design: Bannenberg & Rowell Design
  • Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Main engines: 2x MTU12V4000M53R –1140 kW / 1529 bhp
  • Generators: 2x Caterpillar C9 –200kW / 1500 rpm
  • Stabilizers: Quantum zero-speed stabilizers
  • Maximum speed: 15.5 knots
  • Range: Transatlantic

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Conor McGregor Orders Special Edition #12 “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” Yacht

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MMA champion Conor McGregor places order for special “McGregor Edition #12″ Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” super sports motor yacht.
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Conor McGregor has been shopping for the family and placed an order for the new “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” super sports motor yacht released by The Italian Sea Group.

Inspired by the hybrid Lamborghini Siàn FKP 37, the $3.5 million “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” has the same sporty lines as the futuristic supercar and references the year of Lamborghini’s beginnings – 1963.

Taking the family to the Italian Sea Group headquarters, Conor McGregor was taken through the Ad Personam Program before placing an order for the “McGregor Edition #12”.

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Conor McGregor at The Italian Sea Group/Tecnomar Headquarters with Vice Chairman Guiseppe Taranto. Credit: Tecnomar

With the number 12 holding special significance to Conor McGregor (his whisky brand Proper No. Twelve pays homage to his hometown neighborhood of Crumlin, Dublin 12), McGregor specifically requested the 12th build of the 63 models that will be built in total.

In McGregor’s words ““The No.12 “McGregor edition” @tecnomaryachts @lamborghini. Lamborghini’s first entry into the Sport Yacht World comes in the form of this 63foot, 4000bhp, duel engine, twin-turbo, rocket ship! Titled the “Supercar of the Sea” I am honored to secure the Number 12 edition of just 63 to be made. 1963 being the year Lamborghini first began, and 12 being, well you know Twelve! Proper F***ing Twelve baby!”

Blending the yachting and sports car worlds together, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63″ originally started as a joint design analysis between Tecnomar and Lamborghini Style Center and shares the same Lamborghini style steering wheel with its iconic fighter jet style “start” button, and a signature Lamborghini “racing style” seat for the captain.

Inspired by the futuristic concept cars of Lamborghini. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
Conor McGregor’s #12 Tecnomar for Lamborghini will be bright green. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
Sports styled steering wheel and control panel. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Sports styled steering wheel and control panel. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

Sporting two MAN V12-2000HP engines for a total 4000CV, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 motor yacht can reach 60 knots of speed and will be the fastest boat in the Tecnomar fleet of The Italian Sea Group.

See here for more information and photos of the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 super sports yacht.

Design styling reminiscent of the exterior styling of modern Lamborghini's. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Design styling reminiscent of the exterior styling of modern Lamborghini’s. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 Sports Yacht Interior
Plenty of space at the helm of the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

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Echo Yachts x Misha Merzliakov Unveil New Customizable SP30 Catamaran Concept

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In collaboration with Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design, Australian superyacht builder Echo Yachts have unveiled the SP30 concept, a fully customizable 101ft catamaran.
The Echo Yachts SP30 Catamaran designed by Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design. Credit: MMYD
The Echo Yachts SP30 Catamaran designed by Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design. Credit: MMYD

A year ago, Australian superyacht builder Echo Yachts and yacht designer Misha Merzliakov revealed a new range of fast 27-meter catamaran motor yachts and shadow vessels.

Now coinciding with this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), Echo Yachts and Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design (MMYD) have once again collaborated to reveal an even larger 31m catamaran concept known as the “SP30”.

Echo Yachts, who have already won several prizes for build’s like their 84m M/Y White Rabbit Trimaran, are Australia’s largest builder of custom superyachts and yacht support vessels. They originally first reached out to Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design to design a 45m catamaran for a confidential client.

Impressed with the results, Echo Yachts enlisted Misha to create a range of 27m catamarans for their “Design Collection” and decided to follow up on the back of the two previous successful projects with the 31m “SP30” Catamaran.

“With this latest project I was given ‘carte blanche.’ It was a case of do whatever you like and I thought, Wow, let’s do a catamaran that looks very cool and slender”, shared Misha Merzliakov. “When I say slender though, you have to have a bit of restraint because there’s the temptation to pack it full of things just because you can do that with a catamaran, whereas I wanted to show some restraint and make it look sexier. Think sports car, supercar and hypercar; there’s a lot of lines in there that you’ll go ‘ok it looks like it means business.'”

“This design came out of COVID creativity. I have drawn a lot of boats in the last six months because of lockdown, and my creative headspace was probably in the best it has ever been”

The Echo Yachts SP30 certainly hits the balance between cool, sexy, supercar and business. Credit: MMYD

When considering the initial concept for the SP30 Catamaran, Misha Merzliakov was adamant the layout be kept simple and functional, ensuring it would be possible to keep crewing requirements to a minimum and operational costs minimized for the owners regardless of the layout.

While intended to be foremost functional, the SP30 Catamaran is also designed to be fully customizable, allowing owners the flexibility of a layout to best suit their use of the vessel. This could range from a weekend entertainer configured with wide-open spaces for hosting guests onboard, through to an explorer catamaran requiring more storage space and crew accommodation.

“The entertainer layout is designed with more open spaces for larger groups of people,” explains Misha Merzliakov. “Rather than a small intimate group, you’re catering for groups of people in the lounge, guests gathering through the main deck and standing up near the bar, including a few more over at the dining table. Guest numbers can swell quickly and it could easily cater for that.”

Echo SP30 Catamaran Misha Merzliakov Design Interior Main Deck
The SP30 interior and layout can be fully customized for use as an entertainer through to an explorer. Credit: MMYD

“For exploration use, I would probably change the layout because it’s more likely going to be used by a smaller group (even only just the owner sometimes) and they’re going for longer journeys so there is more emphasis on storage. An explorer client might need more workspace or an office space. The cabins also could take on a different persona, especially with explorers, because the crew tends to be with you longer. Regarding the galley side of things, you would consider increasing the refrigeration and freezers capacity. The catamaran can be built fit for purpose, it can go either way.”

In terms of exterior design, Misha experimented with four different profile designs before settling on a reverse bow profile for the SP30 Catamaran. Featuring a masculine automotive-inspired exterior, the reverse bow gives a sleek profile appearance and maximizes the waterline length for optimal performance.

Internally, the catamarans wide 13.3m beam is more closely associated with superyachts in the 60m+ range, allowing for extremely spacious open living and dining areas, which designer Misha Merzliakov has enhanced through the deliberate use of a casual yet elegant interior.

Placing a specific emphasis on the above deck areas for living and entertaining, Misha Merzliakov’s signature use of clever ambient lighting creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the living areas as guests experience the transition of day into night aboard the yacht.

Echo SP30 Catamaran Misha Merzliakov Design Aerial View
A hydraulically lowered swim platform is located aft on the centerline. Credit: MMYD

Created with an expansive aft deck, the SP30 Catamaran also allows for a range of water toys, including two jet skis and an Extender EXT640 6.4m IDRO tender to be stored aboard. A hydraulically lowering swim platform located on the centerline also doubles to effortlessly launch and retrieve the tender and provide guests with safe access to the water for swimming, diving, and other water sport activities.

When asked about his favorite feature of the SP30 design, Misha shared, “I like the look of the distant profile and exterior of this catamaran on the horizon. If I judge that I’ve done the right thing with a design, then I look forward to seeing it skating along the horizon. The irony is it’s a very small object in the landscape from a photo composition point of view, yet it still captures your attention.”

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Swedish J Craft’s New Torpedo Boat: M/Y Acheron

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Each J Craft Torpedo heritage boat takes over 8000 hours to hand-build and now the latest design has been revealed as the elegant M/Y Acheron.
J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Side
J Craft Torpedo 42′ M/Y Acheron on the water. Credit: J Craft

For over 20 years, Swedish-based J Craft has created some of the world’s most beautifully crafted classic wooden boats and have now revealed their latest hand-built Torpedo model, the 42′ M/Y Acheron.

Described as a “runabout fit for a king, with the style of Brigitte Bardot and the technological sophistication of James Bond,” J Craft’s latest Torpedo features a rich lacquered wood exterior with contrasting white leather upholstery. It is also the first Torpedo to boast the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines, marking the introduction of the first-ever Torpedo RS.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat
The first to include the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines. Credit: J Craft

Built on Sweden’s island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, J Craft draws on the island’s strong seafaring heritage spanning over 1,000 years and leans on the presence of skilled artisans to construct robust, maneuverable boats like M/Y Acheron that can withstand the extreme elements of the far north.

A favorite amongst billionaires (they own 5 of the 26 J Craft’s built to date), the Torpedo’s are equipped with the most up-to-date technology, but design-wise harken back to the stylish wooden boats of the 50’s and 60’s, each built by hand and requiring over 8000 work hours each to complete over approximately one year.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Wooden Aerial
The J Craft Torpedo 42′ has a range of 350 nautical miles. Credit: J Craft

With a range of 350 nautical miles (648 kilometers) and a top speed of 50 knots (90 km/h), the J Craft Torpedo is designed to handle the high-seas and rough conditions of Europe’s northernmost waters and is just as much at home bracing the Baltic seas during extensive sea-trials as it is on the lakes and inshore waters of the Hamptons or cruising the coastal waters of the Amalfi coast.

It is also said to be one of the most stable boats on the market, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Much of this can be attributed to the Volvo IPS drives. Designed in conjunction with the Torpedo, the pod-mounted, forward-facing propellers can move through 360 degrees, making cornering easy, safe, and comfortable.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Aft
Each boat takes over 8000 hours to build. Credit: J Craft

At low speed, when maneuvering in tighter spaces, the Torpedo is controlled by the IPS joystick, allowing the boat to move backwards, forwards, sideways, and even turn in its own length, all with delicate, finger-tip control.

While it may not look like it, there’s room aboard for 4 guests + the captain to sleep overnight. Credit: J Craft

In terms of entertaining, M/Y Acheron is well equipped with a fridge, ice-maker, sink, and induction hob while below deck, an internal lounge area, wet room, and sleeping quarters for four guests + the captain means guests can stay overnight in comfort.

Authentic Nardi steering wheel like that used on the Ferrari 250 GTO. Credit: J Craft

As bespoke builds with no two J Craft’s the same, the options are almost limitless when it comes to designing a new boat, whether it be adding an extended Bimini over the aft for more shade over the sunpad, an additional sprayhood and full cabrio for bad weather or opting for the cutlery package designed by His Majesty Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden himself.

Bespoke build means all elements can be fully customized as per the customers desires. Credit: J Craft

For those looking to order their own J Craft Torpedo boat, prices start at €1.2 million (depending on customization requests), although J Craft have revealed their order book is already filled for 2021, so you might have to put your “la dolce vita” plans on hold for at least another year or so until you can call one your own.

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