There's much more than meets the eye to every Feadship. And there's much to tell too about the people that build them. Here are a few fascinating facts and figures that capture the utterly unique nature of the Feadship experience.
DINING ROOM TABLE
Cees van Lent drew the lines of many Feadships in his sitting room next to the Feadship yard on Kaag Island. The dining room table was directly behind him and became completely rounded from all the times Cees rested back to contemplate his drawing board.
Frits de Voogt represented the Netherlands at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. He was a member of the Dutch Men’s Coxless Fours rowing team at the age of 24. Frits didn’t earn a medal after his team was eliminated in a play-off with Italy but very much enjoyed the experience.
AROUND THE WORLD
Around the world in five years. Since her launch in 2008, Feadship Archimedes has cruised over 100,000 nautical miles on an epic voyage of discovery.
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
Rarely is anything on a Feadship as simple as it might look once in place. Here you can see all the different parts required for the door handles on the Feadship Tango. The devil is indeed in the details...
43,270 HORSES INSIDE
The 86-metre Ecstasea requires the engine power equivalent of 43,270 horses to reach her top speed of 33+ knots.
EVOLUTION IN PUBLISHING
The Pilot publication you are holding is the longest-running commercial magazine in the yachting industry. And it’s grown over the years too by a factor of ten, from 18 pages in the first edition in 1986 to a whopping 180 pages today.
Tom de Vries had his family car painted matt black in order to convince the owner of the Feadship Air that the new coating technology involved would work. It did and Air now sports a revolutionary livery. Tom's wife was reported to be less enamoured with the colour of their car... As a father, however, he rose at least 10 points on the "coolness meter" of his daughters.