Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living on and off board. These include two co-propulsion tenders, a detachable beach house, a drone and a motion compensated pool. A new wave of independence is further stimulated by the introduction of the revolutionary Feadship Independent Control System (FICS).
We are to a certain extent limited by the laws of nature. But we never let imagination get in the way of our thinking processes when it comes to the Feadship Future Concept. Choice is certainly no exception to the rule – and everything suggested here is within the boundaries of the technically feasible.
At the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, Feadship unveiled its most audacious blueprint for inspiration to date.
The essence of Choice’s design is the ability to transform while sailing. As well as the wealth of choices Feadship clients have before and during the building process, our aim is to give them even more options once they are on board.
Every yacht has a tender or two but none of them have had anything like the 25-metre co-propulsion units suggested for Choice. While regular tenders enable their owners to head off into areas otherwise out-of-bounds for the mothership, few if any let them stay there for as long as they like.
Checking out which spots you’d like to explore will be superb fun in the two-man drone on board Choice
And you can also go out and about in the detachable beach house. You will always know the best time to go too thanks to the Feadship Independent Control System (FICS).
The primary propulsion sources are located on the two 25-metre autonomous tenders either side of the yacht.
Thanks to the increased speed and reduced draught compared to the mothership, the option to use these powerful tenders significantly increases flexibility of operation.
The mothership has its own electric propulsion package, charged by the tenders while docked. It can therefore implement the type of slow steaming operation adopted by large cargo vessels, offering major savings on fuel consumption and carbon emissions. In addition to silent anchoring, the mothership is also whisper-quiet when steaming along at ten knots. In a nutshell, the above elements allow Choice to provide more experiences for those on board while consuming less fuel.
Compared to a 80-metre Feadship cruising in, for example, the Adriatic Sea, Choice would offer 29% savings on fuel while providing 17% more time to enjoy your time at anchor. Although the resistance of the hull and the tenders combined is higher than that of conventional yachts, the ability to transport guests to the required destinations by the fast tenders means Choice can follow more slowly behind and catch up at leisure.
You can choose to take a small unit when you want to speed up, or take things easier on the mothership. After all, it is the combination of big and fast that guzzles the most fuel.
Another interesting side benefit of the Choice autonomous concept is the way it supports the crew, especially when compared to the current trend for using fast chase boats or a shadow vessel, both of which need constant manning.