Musashi Yacht Feadship XL 88 is Launched

August 06, 2010

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi yacht has had a preliminary launch (as yet unofficial) by Feadship Yachts at their De Vries Makkum shipyard today in The Netherlands. The very impressive new flagship of Feadship, superyacht Musashi, measures in at just a touch under 88 metres in length overall, making her the largest ever and a milestone for the Dutch yacht building giant.

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Luxury yacht Musashi was launched the De Vries Makkum facility where the first custom Feadship XL motor yacht Ocean Victory was also launched. Motor yacht Musashi is the second hull of the 88m Feadship XL large custom yacht series, with yacht Ocean Victory being the first at 75m, making her the largest yacht so far built and launched by Feadship. M/Y Ocean Victory was the first Feadship XL and at 75.75 meter (248′.6”) an she was launched on the 18 October 2008, as witnessed by many excited invited guests following a spectacular laser show. Workers of the De Vries Makkum shipyard have since then been focused on the construction of the mega yacht Musashi new build.

The Feadhsip De Vries Makkum Shipyard where the new Yacht Musashi was launched

The Feadhsip De Vries Makkum Shipyard where the new Yacht Musashi was launched

The Musashi superyacht is an 87.78 m (287.99ft) full displacement steel hulled private luxury motor yacht with an aluminium superstructure. Her naval architecture and her exterior design and lines were both created by Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and in addition Sinot Yacht Design have been chosen by the yacht owner to undertake the interior design of the vessel.

The hull of superyacht Musashi was actually built by Feadship’s dedicated hull-building facility in Papendrecht, Holland. After her hull was finished she was then moved to Makkum where she has been outfitted and is currently still undergoing completing and finishing.

The Musashi yacht was built by De Vries Makkum and here is the Feadship XL Motor Yacht Ocean Victory which is the  first hull in that line

The Feadship Musashi yacht was built by De Vries Makkum and here is the Feadship XL Motor Yacht Ocean Victory which is the first hull in that line

Motor yacht Musashi is propelled by 4 propellers and shafts as driven by quadruple MTU 16V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines which are rated at 3,650 hp or 2,721 kw – giving a combined power of 14,600 Horse power or 10,887 kilowatts.

Very little else is currently known about the new Feadship Musashi yacht, at this point, and certainly further work remains to be carried out before she will be ready for sea trials and before she has been finally finished and delivered to the yacht’s owner. Photos and images of the superyacht are pending, as is official word from Feadship. CharterWorld news will bring further information about the new Feadship flagship superyacht Musashi as it comes to light.

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi sisterhip superyacht Ocean Victory

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi sisterhip superyacht Ocean Victory

More about Feadship, the builder of private motor yacht Musashi:

Over the years, since 1949, Feadship has launched more than 200 Feadship luxury yachts which are still in navigation today, yacht Musashi being the largest boat so far to add to that impressive list. Feadship Yachts is the combination of two Netherlands shipyards which came together in 1949, and  the De Vries and Royal Van Lent families founded Feadship. The name of Feadship stands for the First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders.

The yacht’s name:

The name of the superyacht is most likely derived from Miyamoto Musashi who is a revered Japanese Samurai warrior. Indeed Musashi founded the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū (or Niten-ryū) style of swordsmanship. he also authored the ‘Book of Five Rings’ (五輪書, Go Rin No Sho?) which is a book which still studied today relating to fighting tactics, strategy, and philosophy.

Some artwork of Samurai Musashi Miyamoto complete with two Bokken or wooden quarterstaves

Some artwork of Samurai Musashi Miyamoto complete with two Bokken or wooden quarterstaves

The name of the owner of the superyacht has not as yet been officially published. There has, however, been some speculation that the yacht owner of Musashi may be the same American owner that owns the famous motor yacht Rising Sun. There are many exterior design similarities between the two yachts, and that together with fact that ‘Musashi’ is a Japanese word (he was in fact a legendary Japanese Samurai), indicates that there may be something in this theory as the same owner has owned several yachts with a Japanese themed name.

Yacht Rising Sun

Yacht Rising Sun

A Video of Yacht Musashi just after Launch:

Some photographic images of the superyacht Musashi:

Superyacht Musashi by Feadship xl after her preliminary launch

Superyacht Musashi by Feadship xl after her preliminary launch

feadship XL Image Courtesy from LeBlogLux

Feadship XL Musashi Image Courtesy from LeBlogLux

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