What’s the shortest time ever between the first contacts with potential owners and the launch of their Feadship? Two years and a couple of days... This record was set with the launch of the 35-metre Letani for clients who live in the Far East. The gorgeous new addition to the Feadship fleet has been designed to provide access to shallow waters and smaller marinas in Europe, Scandinavia, the Indian Ocean and Asia.
The launch of Letani was a family affair as one of the youngest Feadship owners to date brought his parents and his children along to celebrate 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 workforce at our 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 bad news is that we’ll miss our visits to the shipyard... We’ve felt part of the family here and building a Feadship has been a wonderful experience.”
Feadship director Bas Nederpelt also took to the stage to thank the owners for their contribution to a record-breaking achievement. “We have all really enjoyed having such an open relationship together. The result is a masterpiece of design and construction which offers an unrivalled degree of sophistication for a 35-metre superyacht.”
Owner’s representative James Hutchinson was very much in agreement. “If I ever had the opportunity to build a Feadship myself, this is how I’d want my Feadship to look, both in terms of her exterior and her stunning custom Feadship interior. The latter is a testimony to the vision of the owners and given Letani a very strong identity. Congratulations to Feadship for again proving how the heart of every great shipyard is the people who make these amazing boats.”
Following the speeches, the owner’s wife smashed the champagne bottle against Letani’s breathtaking straight bow, one of the features which give this Feadship a cool top speed of over 20 knots. Her performance is boosted by an aluminium hull, while the cutting-edge bow provides additional comfort combined with zero speed stabilisers. Letani has a contemporary 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. Bon voyage...