Sketching the past, present and future of Feadship design
As well as four incredible yards, Feadship also has its own dedicated design department called Studio De Voogt. In this short film senior designer Tanno Weeda explains how each project starts with a blank sheet of paper as owners share their vision of how a Feadship should look and feel.
The movie also shows the interactive carte blanche experience program being used at last year’s Monaco show to allow three prize winners to discover their Feadship DNA. As you watch, let your imagination soar and visualise what your Feadship might look like on a sketch drawn by the creative designers at Studio De Voogt.
Beautiful Bolight was inspired by a desire to explore the world, including the remotest areas. Her ‘owner’ is looking to take several years off to embark on the ultimate circumnavigation adventure. An ice-class vertical bow opens up areas like Antarctica while full length-windows and a dedicated observation platform ensure superb views of the unfolding landscapes.
The effervescent look & feel of Champagne was created for a lady with a love of art and a dedication to embrace the best of urban and rural life. Famous features from the Amsterdam skyline were among the various architectural influences for this modern classic design.
Project Sky showcases the power of the wind in a futuristic vision of how sail and motor power may be combined. This sleek hybrid with a difference has push-button sails tucked neatly away in their own masts, as well as a wealth of glass and a large open aft deck.
What’s in a name?
The name of the Feadship design studio is steeped in the heritage of Feadship as Henri de Voogt was one of the founding fathers of the organisation.
Perhaps the greatest motoryacht designer of the pre-war period, he started his own boatyard in Haarlem in 1913. By the 1920s Henri was focused on designing yachts for owners around the world, including the remarkable 54-metre Chasevar for the Shah of Persia.
Clients in the Netherlands included both the Van Lent and De Vries yards before the establishment of Feadship in 1949. Henri – and from 1960 onwards, his son Frits – played a pivotal role as the lynchpin between the Feadship families.
Almost all Feadships were designed by De Voogt Naval Architects until the early 1980s as they pioneered fashion plates, revolutionary tender positioning, elegant anchor pockets and the ever-graceful Feadship bow.
Today, Studio De Voogt continues to work closely with many owners on their custom creation, employing some of the finest minds in Dutch superyacht design.