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Yachting world striving to become more environmentally friendly

May 20, 2014

With the growing pressure to ‘go green’, the yachting world is now striving to become more environmentally friendly, through ergonomic design, solar power, as well as sustainable maintenance methods, including glass restoration, as the current superyacht designs use more and more glass in their architecture. A perfect example is Steve Jobs’ motor yacht Venus.

Superyacht window

Superyacht Window

Even with the widely available means to recycle glass, it is still regularly dumped at landfill, but with the latest advancements in technology, a scratched window doesn’t mean it’s time to get a replacement; today glass restoration is a sustainable and cost-effective alternative.

With a saving of up to 70% [in comparison to replacement], this highly skilled, but well-guarded process, restores glass to its original condition by removing saltwater stains, hard water, acid rain and scratches. This makes the existing glass surface look like new, without the need to manufacture new glass and therefore reducing your carbon footprint.

Superyacht glass - side view

Superyacht glass - side view

Sean Gencsy, owner of Glass Rezz said, “With such ground-breaking technology it can be a challenge informing new customers that they have the choice. People are not aware that this type of glass restoration service is available, so they either leave it as is or seek out a replacement company.

“To be at the helm of a cutting edge technology and being able to bring this knowledge and service to new clients is exciting.”

When performed by a professional, the restoration process does not impair the integrity of the glass. Even glass as thin as 1/4 of an inch can be resurfaced hundreds of times, making restoration a long-term solution in the bid to achieve perfect clarity.

Superyacht Interior

Superyacht Interior

With the advancement of glass strengthening and a growing focus on using glass as part of a superyachts design, rather than simply a necessity, glass restoration is not only a viable but also a profitable alternative.

Sean also commented, “We are seeing more and more glass used in the architecture of the modern superyacht, not just the windows. Steve Jobs’ superyacht Venus is a perfect example of what is to come. The use of glass within the structure is simply breath taking.”

Recently launched 46m luxury yacht COMO with Feadship’s pioneering use of glass

March 31, 2014

Following on from other recent launches such as motor yacht Hampshire II, superyacht Musashi, as well as mega yacht Venus, the new 46,22-metre luxury yacht Como is another striking vessel, representing Feadship’s pioneering use of glass. The client requested unprecedentedly large windows in the hull and a wealth of glass in her superstructure. Like every custom project at the prominent Dutch shipyard, the requirements of motor yacht Como’s owner were met in style. Thoughts now turn to the next logical, but seriously complex, innovation, namely using glass structures to also support structural loads from the decks above.

46m Feadship superyacht COMO

46m Feadship superyacht COMO

The advance of technology in the use of glass is radically changing the look of superyachts in the same way that it transformed land-based architecture. Today glass determines the look of most buildings, and its use on large yachts has been constantly on the rise over the decades. In 1960 the average proportion of glass within yacht silhouettes was around seven percent, a figure which had doubled by 1990 as windows became larger, were placed closer to each other, and played a far more prominent role in styling.

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

From land to sea
Feadship has always sought innovative ways to use materials and many custom builds over the decades have pushed the window in bathing interiors with natural light. Current developments can be traced to the first Future Feadship Concept design in 2006 called X-stream.

“We received an enthusiastic response to our idea of offering a fully glazed superstructure and a glass observation area in the bow,” says Bram Jongepier, manager of knowledge development at Feadship. “This led to a research programme focused on the use of very large glass panels, the deployment of glass for strength, and the influence that glass has on interior comfort levels.”

Luxury yacht COMO - front view

Luxury yacht COMO - front view

Glass panes have a major impact on the routing of ducting, piping and cables. A layout concept was developed with a structural core containing stairs, ducting and technical spaces similar to buildings. This was first used in the 88-metre Feadship mega yacht Mushashi in 2010, where the structural elements around the luxury interior spaces were kept to a minimum and the proportion of glass to metal in her exterior profile is over 20 percent.

Various Future Feadship concepts have been fitted with larger window panes and underwater windows. Aeon featured glass in the hull and showed how large windows at the waterline could offer amazing views on the oceanic world. This idea was brought to reality on the 78.50-metre Feadship luxury yacht Hampshire II in 2012, which offers an underwater viewing port of over one metre in diameter from the wine cellar on the bottom deck.

COMO superyacht - aft view

COMO superyacht - aft view

Her name is Venus
The next revolutionary project to showcase Feadship’s heart for glass was the 78.20-metre mega yacht Venus. This head-turning yacht was created in a unique collaboration between the client, Philippe Starck and Feadship. Venus is special in many ways, but it is the use of glass which has perhaps received the most attention.

The giant windows on her pavilion deck required close cooperation with Lloyd’s and glass expert Eckersley O’Callaghan. Normal windows are tested full scale in a steel construction using water pressure to see whether the construction will hold. Venus’ pavilion windows measure 10 x 2.4 metres, however, and there is no testing facility for such a size. Moreover, the connection system is very different as there is only a connection on one side with the windows resting on a couple of supports.

“Once Venus was launched we could measure actual hull deflection with the tank loading centred and completely to the ends,” continues Jongepier. “We were also able to check the accuracy of our FEM calculations – the first time anyone has had access to real-life feedback on the computational models used. Crucially, we were able to replicate the results of the tests to an accuracy of 10-15% – an impressive figure for such an extraordinarily complex product.”

COMO Yacht - side view

COMO Yacht - side view

Como goes further
And then came the newly launched superyacht Como. “Here the superstructure glass is placed on top of the metal rather than being set into it, creating a continuous surface,” continues Jongepier. “These glazed side panels give uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom. And the exceptionally large windows in the hull go way beyond what is permissible from a regulation point of view. We proved to Lloyd’s that we were able to make windows suitable for that location and size, and that the glass laminate would hold.

“Moreover, the glass covers the structure on Como in a continuous glass band. We had learned from the Venus project that you have to measure and correct the complete superstructure in the paint and filler works to be able to make a fair transition from the paintwork to the glass and back to the paint again. The gloss lines have to be continuous… And on Como they are.”

Luxury motor yacht COMO

Luxury motor yacht COMO

Increasing stiffness
In 2012 Feadship initiated a study into load bearing glass that focused on specific locations in the yacht: local, not global, loads. As an exercise, the load of the wheelhouse roof of a 45-metre Feadship was placed on the windows. After a wealth of calculations it was discovered that by increasing the thickness of the front windows from 14 to 30 mm they could support the roof. Five full-scale tests were then carried out which proved that an enormous amount of weight could be placed on top of the windows.

For regular windows a normal load is prescribed by class of about three tonnes per square metre. The roof above is also considered a design load, and this was also transferred onto the window (around three tonnes). Lloyd’s regulations require that windows be able to support four times the normal load without breaking. The tests put four times the normal load on the window and then started adding the deck load (compression load) too. It took more than 15 tonnes of weight before they actually broke.

COMO superyacht

COMO superyacht

Through the glass ceiling “This is the stage at which we are now,” concludes Jongepier. “We are convinced that we are able to load our windows with the load from the deck above in a local situation. We know how thick they need to be, we know how to test them, and we have already discussed this with the class authorities. Ovens of the size required to bend giant glass panels are now available, and Feadship has the design and construction expertise to ensure total safety at sea. Now we are working with various designers and potential clients on something truly spectacular that will reap the rewards of all this research… There is much more glass on the horizon!”

Technical specifications of motor yacht Como

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure
Length overall: 46.22m 151’6”
Beam overall: 9.00m 29’6”
Draught (loaded): 2.20m 17’3”
Fuel capacity: 51,000 litres 13,473 US Gallons
Fresh water capacity: 16,000 litres 4,227 US Gallons

Design
Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Propulsion
Main engines: 2x Caterpillar C32 / 1417 kW @ 2300 rpm
Generators: 2x Caterpillar 6.6 – 2x 90.125 kW – 1500 rpm
Stabilizers: Quantum zero-speed stabilizers

Accommodation
Owner: Owner’s stateroom with separate bathroom and dressing room
Guests: Four guests in two double guest staterooms and four guests in two twin guest staterooms
Crew: Eight crew – four crew in two crew cabins; two in captain’s cabin, two in engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Feadship.

Videos and photos of the 78m Feadship mega yacht VENUS

September 04, 2013

Superyacht spotter and photographer, Kees Torn, has provided us with the videos and photos of the unique 78-metre mega yacht VENUS (Project Aqua, hull 684), launched by the leading Dutch maker Feadship last year. Featuring naval architecture by De Voogt, the breath-taking motor yacht VENUS has been self-designed by late Steve Jobs, in partnership with Philippe Starck. Below is a video and photos of VENUS, leaving the building hall at the Feadship De Vries facility in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, on October 28, 2012.

The sleek and minimalist 78-metre Feadship custom yacht VENUS was named after the Greek-Roman goddess of love and beauty. She features teak decks and floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the main living areas, similar to Apple Store designs. Among other special features of this modern and beautiful vessel belong seven 27-inch iMac computers, which can be found in the wheelhouse.

78m Feadship superyacht VENUS leaving her shed at the Feadship De Vried shipyard

78m Feadship superyacht VENUS leaving her shed at the Feadship De Vried facility in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands - Image credit to Kees Torn

Luxury motor yacht VENUS

Luxury motor yacht VENUS - Image credit to Kees Torn

78m mega yacht VENUS

78m mega yacht VENUS - Image credit to Kees Torn

Deluxe accommodation aboard the 256-foot luxury yacht VENUS is offered to 12 guests in total. They are looked after by a numerous crew of 22 members, sleeping in 14 crew cabins.

VENUS Yacht - front view

VENUS Yacht - front view - Image credit to Kees Torn

Steve Jobs' superyacht VENUS

Steve Jobs' superyacht VENUS - Image credit to Kees Torn

Below is a video and photos of superyacht VENUS, undergoing sea trial near Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands, on November 18, 2012.

All-aluminium superyacht VENUS is run by two powerful MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines, reaching a top speed of 22 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. Built to Lloyds Register classification society rules, VENUS boasts an impressive beam of 11,80m (38’71”).

Luxury superyacht VENUS - aft view

Luxury superyacht VENUS - aft view - Image credit to Kees Torn

78m Feadship superyacht VENUS

78m Feadship superyacht VENUS - Image credit to Kees Torn

VENUS Yacht under construction

Below are some photos from the night transport of the 78m Feadship luxury yacht VENUS hull, taken by Kees Torn on May 20/21, 2011.

Hull of the 78m superyacht VENUS leaving the shed at Jachtwerf Gouwerok facility

Hull of the 78m superyacht VENUS leaving the shed at Jachtwerf Gouwerok facility - Image credit to Kees Torn

Hull of the 78m VENUS Yacht

Hull of the 78m VENUS Yacht - Image credit to Kees Torn

Hull of the 78m superyacht VENUS leaving the shed at the Gouwerok Vries facility

Hull of the 78m superyacht VENUS leaving the shed at the Jachtwerf Gouwerok facility - Image credit to Kees Torn

The night transport of the 78m VENUS Yacht Hull

The night transport of the 78m VENUS Yacht Hull - Image credit to Kees Torn

Hull of the 78m Feadship mega yacht VENUS

Hull of the 78m Feadship mega yacht VENUS - Image credit to Kees Torn

SuperyachtDESIGN Week, June 18 – 20, 2013

May 23, 2013

Set to run at Design Centre, London’s Chelsea Harbour, from June 18 to 20, 2013, the inaugural SuperyachtDESIGN Week will bring together the influential and innovative design minds as well as suppliers, having worked on such floating palaces as the 78m superyacht Venus or the recently launched 180m mega yacht Project Azzam.

SuperyachtDesign Week

The calendar is already saturated with superyacht conferences, boat shows, awards ceremonies and symposiums, so this will be none of the above. Nor will it be an egotistical display of wealth and excess. SuperyachtDESIGN Week will instead be a celebration of yacht design. Spread over three days, the event will feature discussions, scheduled meetings, workshops and demonstrations on all aspects of superyacht design, with some of the industry’s top names.

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

180m luxury motor yacht Project Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Confirmed speakers include Terence Disdale, Ed Dubois, Jonny Horsfield, Richard Liebowitz, Espen Oeino, John Leonida, Martin Francis, Marnix Hoekstra, Mariacristina Rapisardi, Elena Cristofori and Rob Doyle.

A keynote speech entitled ‘Rough Luxe’ will come from internationally acclaimed architect and designer Rabih Hage, the award-winning mind behind some of the most exciting residential and hotel designs around the world as well as exclusive interiors and unique furniture design. A second keynote address will ask ‘what needs to change?’ Led by Vripack’s Marnix Hoekstra, it will be a fluid debate on the main areas that need to change in the serious world of design, architecture and creativity.

Superyacht VENUS Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Superyacht VENUS - Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Exploring everything from space planning, glass, interior construction, crew space, AV and more, SuperyachtDESIGN Week will be the perfect opportunity for designers to not only explore what the future holds, but to exchange ideas and innovations that can advance the lifestyle of the world’s most discerning clients.

Photo of Steve Jobs’ mega yacht VENUS arriving in Cabo San Lucas

March 15, 2013

Following a layover in La Paz, Baja California, the majestic Steve Jobs’ mega yacht Venus arrived in Cabo San Lucas last night. While anchored near Villa Del Arco resort, the 78-metre Feadship luxury motor yacht Venus hosted parties on board, for who may or may not be the Jobs family, spending the day playing on the water toys stowed and launched from the large stern opening. Below is a photo sent by Bruce Bremer, showing the vessel’s arrival in Cabo San Lucas.

Venus

Photo of superyacht Venus sent by Bruce Bremer

Night Photo of Steve Jobs’ ‘iYacht’ VENUS entering the Pacific Ocean

February 19, 2013

Launched by the respected Dutch shipyard Feadship last year, the 78-metre Steve Jobs’ ‘iYacht’ Venus (Project Aqua) passed through the Panama Canal last week. Luxury motor yacht Venus is currently heading to La Paz, Baja California. Below is a night photo sent by Bruce Bremer, showing her exiting the Miraflores locks and entering the Pacific Ocean.

Night photo of the 78 m Feadship mega yacht Venus sent by Bruce Bremer

Night photo of the 78 m Feadship mega yacht Venus sent by Bruce Bremer

Named after the Roman goddess, the 78 m Feadship superyacht Venus has been designed by late Steve Jobs in partnership with Philippe Starck. She features sleek and minimalist exterior lines. Her naval architecture is by De Voogt Naval Architects.

Superyacht VENUS - Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Superyacht VENUS - Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Feadship mega yacht Venus is fitted with large cabin and main living area windows, which are almost floor to ceiling. This creates walls of glass that are forty feet long and ten feet high. Among special features of this beautiful vessel belong seven 27-inch iMac computers.

Luxury motor yacht VENUS - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

Luxury motor yacht VENUS - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

All-aluminium custom built luxury yacht Venus (Project Aqua) is presumably powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines.

Rybovich welcomes Feadship Yacht VENUS

February 07, 2013

Last month saw the voluminous 78-metre Venus yacht embark on her maiden voyage. Launched by the leading Dutch builder Feadship in October 2012, luxury motor yacht Venus (Project Aqua) is said to be currently docked at Rybovich yard in West Palm Beach, Florida.

78 m Feadship superyacht VENUS - Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

78 m Feadship superyacht VENUS - Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Named after the Roman goddess, the highly innovative 78 m Feadship superyacht Venus represents the 87th largest yacht in the world. She has been designed by acclaimed Philippe Starck for the late Steve Jobs and features naval architecture by De Voogt Naval Architects.

Feadship delivers the 78m luxury superyacht VENUS

January 07, 2013

Launched by the leading Dutch shipyard Feadship in October 2012, the impressive 78-metre motor yacht Venus (Project Aqua) has been successfully delivered to her new Owners. Designed by well known Philippe Starck for the late Steve Jobs, Venus superyacht features naval architecture by renowned De Voogt Naval Architects. She is currently heading to the Canary Islands, before cruising in the waters of the Atlantic.

78m Feadship megayacht VENUS (Project Aqua) - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

78m Feadship megayacht VENUS (Project Aqua) - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

All-aluminium megayacht Venus (Project Aqua) is powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines. She boasts a beam of 11,8m (38’71”).

Luxury motor yacht VENUS - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

Luxury motor yacht VENUS - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Feadship.

Sea trials for the 78m Feadship megayacht VENUS

November 19, 2012

Launched by the respected Dutch shipyard Feadship last month, the superb 78-metre motor yacht Venus has started her sea trials in the North Sea this weekend. Featuring naval architecture by De Voogt Naval Architects, Venus superyacht (hull n°684, Project Aqua) was designed by renowned Philippe Starck.

78m Feadship VENUS Yacht - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

78m Feadship VENUS Yacht - Photo by OneMoreThing.nl

Named after the Roman goddess, the 78m superyacht Venus is an impressive all-aluminium full custom vessel, boasting sleek and minimalist exterior lines. She is presumed to be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines.

Below is a gallery for the exceptional charter yachts built by Feadship.

78m superyacht VENUS launched by Feadship

October 30, 2012

Measuring 78,2 metres in length, the latest Feadship luxury vessel, superyacht VENUS, has been launched at the Feadship yard in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands. VENUS yacht (hull n°684) is a spectacular all-aluminium full custom motoryacht with sleek, contemporary exterior lines.

Luxury motor yacht VENUS by Feadship

Luxury motor yacht VENUS by Feadship

Feadship is well known for the world-class reputation as builder of the finest luxury mega yachts, often creating vessels for captains of industry, royalty and other leading individuals. Many of their luxury yachts are under strict confidentiality and the company chooses not to give out any further information about the luxury yacht VENUS.