Feadship is delighted to present the owner of the recently rebuilt Feadship Zephyr with a Feadship Authentication Certificate. The motoryacht, relaunched in 2019 after an exhaustive restoration project, is the first member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet to be granted this ultimate proof of premium Feadship quality.
The 15-metre Zephyr was built in 1939 and was such a pioneering motoryacht for her time that the design was tank-tested prior to construction. Having provided decades of great service to a range of owners, this lovely Feadship was found by the current owner Jeroen van der Toorn in 2016, much the worse for wear after a previous rebuild by another owner had become stranded due to a shortage of funds.
After accessing the Feadship archives for documentation, Jeroen teamed up with Younique Yachts in Makkum, which regularly builds premium outdoor furniture for the nearby Feadship yard. The rebuild of Zephyr was closely supervised by Feadship to ensure the brand integrity of the project.
Refit & Services Director Pier Posthuma de Boer handed over the Feadship Authentication Certificate in person, paying tribute to the owner’s vision in taking on this rebuild and the admirable outcome. “Everyone involved in this project has done a tremendous job in bringing this beauty back to life. Zephyr achieved a very high score in our assessment for the Feadship Authentication Certificate and is very worthy of this accolade, which also future-proofs her value for years to come. This yacht is an exemplary member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet and we hope that other members will follow suit in applying for certification.”
“Receiving the Feadship Authentication Certificate is the icing on the cake for a project in which I have been so intimately involved,” says Jeroen. “We have already had a fantastic first season on our newly rebuilt Feadship. The enthusiastic reactions of people out on the water and when we arrive in port are very heart-warming. They reinforce that we are on a pedigree Feadship, which having the Authentication Certificate confirms.”
The highest standard
The Feadship Authentication Certificate is an industry-unique system that provides official recognition to Feadships which have been maintained to our unrivalled standard of perfection. Feadship owners and captains can request a comprehensive inspection to check all key aspects involved and if their yacht passes this stringent survey it will be granted the Feadship Authentication Certificate.
This seal of approval is likely to have a very positive implication for later resale value and give a guarantee to buyers of pre-owned Feadships that they are investing in true brand value. People buy – and charter – Feadships because they know that they are the best and the Authentication Certificate will assure them that they will enjoy the comfort levels to which every Feadship was originally built.