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Video: Steve Jobs superyacht Venus heads to Feadship facilities for refit

September 01, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Superyacht VENUS has returned home to the Feadship facilities to begin her second refit since her launch in 2012, which will include her five-year Lloyd’s certification as well as system upgrades.

Superyacht VENUS returning for her refit with Feadship

Superyacht VENUS returning for her refit with Feadship

The famed 78m/256ft mega yacht constructed for Steve Jobs has remained a secretive build: De Voogt Naval Architects designed her exterior profile with few details known about her interiors except that Philippe Starck was commissioned to complete the project.

2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines provide a cruising speed of 16 knots and a top speed of 22 knots and her on board accommodation is designed for up to 12 guests.

Video credit: Feadship

After her launch in 2012, 78m/256ft mega yacht VENUS underwent a refit in 2015 at the Monaco Marine La Ciotat. Her second refit will take place at the recently rented Harlingen facility and will be the first of many refits at the yard for a busy autumn/winter season. Luxury yacht ECSTASEA is also expected at the Makkum yard later in the year.

Feadship has seen an increased demand for quality refits, particularly from owners of Feadship superyachts who want to maintain or upgrade and retain the same seamless quality as when the yachts were first launched. To meet this demand, Feadship has hired the facilities of a fellow shipyard to accommodate 81m/266ft M/Y AIR, and ‘Feadship Refit & Services’ will launch in the final quarter of 2017.


Top 10 Superyacht Drone Videos

June 01, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

If you ever wondered how luxury superyachts looked in real life and how huge they actually were, the best way to get the idea is to watch a drone footage. With drone videos gaining popularity and our love to superyachts never fading away, this Mediterranean summer 2017 begins with our compilation of the best 10 drone videos.  

M/Y A in Portofino

M/Y A in Portofino. Photo credit FlyView

Motor Yacht A in Portofino

The extremely popular luxury vessel with the striking exterior, Motor yacht A has visited Portofino quite a few times. Watch her drone footage below and you will get to see the yacht from very interesting angles….and you will finally get the see her incredible aft deck from the top. It’s an impressive swimming pool, isn’t it?

Eclipse in Gibraltar

The second largest yacht in the world has been spotted in so many locations in the world that we have event lost count. The drone video of Eclipse from Gibraltar showcases the imposing size of the yacht, as well as her enormous decks.

Rising Sun in Portofino

The biggest news about Rising Sun is, perhaps, her Tahiti cruise hosting the Obamas with Oprah and Bruce Springsteen. This 138m superyacht provides ultra deluxe accommodation to her lucky guests with en-suite bathroom facilities, luxurious amenities and is said to have Jacuzzi spas in her staterooms.

Savannah in France

The multi-award winning mega yacht Savannah was launched in 2015. She measures 83.50 metres and has a hybrid propulsion system. Apart from that, she boasts a head-spinning interior design and a large number of lavish amenities. She is available for charters this summer, find out more now.

Atlante in the French Riviera

Another multi-award winning superyacht, Atlante, was filmed with a drone in the French Riviera. Her military exterior and bold looks were designed by bespoke Nuvolari Lenard.


This drone footage gives you a good idea on how big Steve Job’s superyacht Venus is. She differs from the other yachts by her simple and crisp hull and superstructure. Her minimalistic design was developed by Philippe Starck in collaboration with Steve Jobs.


Also known as the “Gold Yacht”, thanks to her unique hull colour, Khalilah is a 48-metre luxury yacht built by Palmer Johnson. She is one of the most well-known superyachts built in America. Watch the video below and get inspired. Would you go on a yacht charter vacation abroad Khalilah?

Lady M in Sardinia

Sleek and sporty, Lady M is a 65-metre luxury yacht owned by Alexei Mordashov, the chairman and majority shareholder at Severstal in Russia. Here is her cool drone video from another famous yachting destination in Italy, Sardinia

St David passing through the Corinth Canal

The 60m luxury superyacht St David was launched by Benetti in 2008 and is one of the most elegant charter yachts on the water. Superyacht St David benefits from fantastic and proven Benetti building quality, design and styling and boasts a beautiful interior design by the celebrated Andrew Winch. Secure St David for charter from EUR240,000 per week plus expenses.


10 Luxury Superyachts Owned by Famous People

April 07, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Have you ever wondered who owned the most impressive superyachts in the world? Very popular in the world of celebrities and famous people, superyachts are seen as a “must-do” and “must-have”. Here are the 10 impressive luxury mega and super yachts owned by well-known people around the globe.

Musashi – Larry Ellison

The list starts with mega yacht MUSASHI and her owner Larry Ellison. Ellison is the owner of American software company Oracle and is one of the richest people in the world, as well as a real yacht enthusiast. His yacht Musashi is a breathtaking megayacht launched in 2011 by Feadship. This 88m opulent vessel was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects. Sinot Yacht design took care of the stunning interior decor of Musashi. Her name was taken from a famous Japanese Samurai, which stands for “warrior”.

Musashi. Photo credit @christo303

Musashi. Photo credit @christo303

Lary Ellison is the previous owner of another military style mega yacht – the 138m mega yacht RISING SUN, which was built in 2004 by Lurssen.

Symphony – Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault is the lucky owner of the 101m mega yacht SYMPHONY. A well-known person in the world of luxury goods, Arnault has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH and the Chairman of Christian Dior S.A. for a long time. With an excellent pedigree, Symphony is a breathtaking vessel built by Feadship in 2015. Her striking exterior is by renowned Tim Heywood, while naval architecture is by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects.

Superyacht Symphony. Photo credit Feadship

Superyacht Symphony. Photo credit Feadship

He previously owned 70m superyacht AMADEUS, which was commissioned in 2016 but her asking price has not been disclosed until now.

Octopus – Paul Allen

Paul Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft and is another bespoke yacht owner. His motor yachts OCTOPUS, TATOOSH and MEDUSE are some of the largest and most recognisable luxury yachts in the world. Famous for taking parts in many rescue operations, Octopus is equipped with two helipads, a submarine and tenders. This huge Lurssen explorer superyacht also provides a wide range of lavish facilities and amenities, including a basketball court, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and a movie theatre. Octopus accommodates 26 guests, assisted by a crew of 57.

Octopus. Photo credit Mark O'Connell

Octopus. Photo credit Mark O’Connell

Venus – Steve Jobs’s Family

Motor yacht VENUS was built by Feadship for Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs played a very important role in designing this stylish 78m vessel in collaboration with bespoke yacht designer Philippe Starck. This all-aluminium custom yacht was named after the Roman goddess. Venus now belongs to Steve Job’s family.

Superyacht Venus. photo via @rocabella_yachts

Superyacht Venus. photo via @rocabella_yachts

Seven Seas – Steve Spielberg

Superyacht SEVEN SEAS represents a showpiece of Oceanco excellence. She is owned by legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg. Bespoke Italian designers Nuvolari Lenard worked on the design of the yacht. At 86m Seven Seas features large interior living spaces. Her outstanding feature is the infinity swimming pool on the aft deck, which can be transformed into a helipad or an entertaining area – amazing! Who wouldn’t want to go on a luxury holiday aboard Steven Spielberg’s luxury yacht?

Seven Seas. Photo credit Julien Hubert

Seven Seas. Photo credit Julien Hubert

Eclipse – Roman Abramovich

The second largest superyacht in the world is owned by Roman Abramovich, Russian billionaire businessman, investor and the owner of Chelsea Football Club. The 162.5m ECLIPSE was launched in 2009 as the world’s largest superyachts. However, in 2013 AZZAM had taken the title of the largest yacht in the world with her imposing 180m LOA. Eclipse’s exterior design is a work of Terence Disdale. Eclipse is believed to have a value of $400 million. Apart from her incredible luxury features onboard, such as two helipads, two large swimming pools and a cinema, Eclipse also has an “anti-paparazzi” photo-protection system.

M:Y Eclipse anchored in the waters of the Caribbean, Photo credit Chip Methvin

M/Y Eclipse anchored in the waters of the Caribbean, Photo credit Chip Methvin

A list of Abramovich’formerrs yachts includes 115m PELORUS, 112m LE GRAND BLEU, 85m ECSTASEA and 115m LUNA.

Amphitrite – JK Rowling

In 2016, Harry Potter author JK Rowling bought the breathtaking 47.6-metre superyacht AMPHITRITE (ex. Vajoliroja). The legendary luxury vessel was previously owned by another famous person, Johny Depp. Amphitrite was designed by Taka Yachts and built by Turquoise Yachts (formerly Proteksan Turquoise) in Anatolia, Turkey. Amphitrite boasts stunning interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon. It has been reported that JK Rowling put the yacht for sale again at an asking price of €17,800,000.

Amphitrite Vajoliroja. Photo credit @stamp2k1

Amphitrite (ex. Vajoliroja). Photo credit @stamp2k1

Main – Giorgio Armani

Imposing motor yacht MAIN is owned by the fashion guru Giorgio Armani. His magnificent 65m luxury vessel was designed by Codecasa, who took into account all the requirements of Giorgio Armani. Main features a notable dark green painted hull made os steel and aluminium superstructure. Armani trusted Ortelli Architetti on designing the interior styling. At 65m, Main boasts large interior spaces and can accommodate 14 guests.

Main. Photo credit @mueckenpeter

Main. Photo credit @mueckenpeter

Dubai – Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Mega yacht DUBAI is currently the third largest superyacht in the world. Her owner is not a celebrity, nor an actor: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. The magnificent 163-metre Dubai can carry a party of 115, including her crew of 88. Dubai was designed by Andrew Winch and built by the Emirati shipbuilder Platinum Yachts. This mega yacht features a huge amount of luxury amenities, including a swimming pool, a helicopter pad, cinema and a large gymnasium.

Mega Yacht Dubai. Photo credit Ade Owens

Mega Yacht Dubai. Photo credit Ade Owens

Privacy – Tiger Woods

The golf elite and thousands of fans of Tiger Woods surely know the meaning behind his superyacht’s name. If you were one of the most popular men in the universe, stalked by paparazzi and fans, you would love privacy too. Motor yacht PRIVACY was commissioned to Tiger Woods in 2004 for $20 million. She was designed and built by Christensen Shipyards, while his bride at that time, Elin Nordegren, arrange the interior styling. Privacy can cruise at a speed of 12 knots with a range of 4,000 nm. At 47.24m, this yacht boasts living spaces with a total of 6,500 square metres.

Motor yacht Privacy

Motor yacht Privacy

Where to Find the Coolest Superyachts in the World

March 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Undoubtedly superyachts gather an enormous amount of attention. They are seen as innovation, luxury, lifestyle and inspiration. Stalked by yacht geeks and mainstream media the coolest superyachts enjoy the love of public everywhere they cruise. In case you were wondering where to find them, we take a look at the best photos of luxury yachts spotted in various locations around the world.

Motor Yacht A

The imposing 119-metre Motor Yacht A looks fantastic with the city of Dubai in the background. Motor Yacht A was launched in 2008 by the world-renowned shipyard Blohm+Voss. Her unique exterior design was developed by Starck Desing. Yacht “A” boasts some outstanding features, such as the glass roof looking up into the swimming pool.

Motor yacht A in Dubai. Photo credit: @stephanie_m and @steveboy87

Motor yacht A in Dubai. Photo credit: @stephanie_m and @steveboy87


The brand new 88.5m Oceanco superyacht Barbara was just recently delivered to her owner. On her way to the UK, she was spotted at the port of Gibraltar. Bespoke Sam Sorgiovanni created Barbara’s incredible smooth profile. She accommodates 12 guests overnight in total comfort and luxury.

Brand new superyacht Barbara. Photo via @superyachts_gibraltar

Brand new superyacht Barbara. Photo via @superyachts_gibraltar


Below is the photo of the second largest superyacht in the world Eclipse anchored in the cruising grounds of the Caribbean. She was launched in 2009 by the prestigious German shipyard Blohm+Voss.  Mega yacht Eclipse was designed by the French architect Hermidas Atabeyki. She features various novel ideas, such as the arrangement of a spacious open loggia, balconies in the guest suites, an inside submarine hangar and a helicopter hangar. Her beautiful interiors are by the well-known Terence Disdale Design studio and Greenline Yacht Interiors.

M:Y Eclipse anchored in the waters of the Caribbean, Photo credit Chip Methvin

M/Y Eclipse anchored in the waters of the Caribbean. Photo credit Chip Methvin


A very well-known superyacht Venus used to belong to famous Steve Jobs. Venus was designed by Jobs himself in collaboration with Philippe Stark. She boasts sleek lines and minimalistic design, with her naval architecture by De Voogt Naval Architects. Venus was built by Feadship and launched un 2012. This amazing superyacht features latest Apple technology onboard, spacious living areas and luxurious accommodation for a total of 12 guests. She was recently photographed in San Diego, US.

Superyacht Venus in downtown SanDiego Photo by @sdluxurysailing

Superyacht Venus in downtown San Diego Photo by @sdluxurysailing


Luxury charter yacht Joy could not miss the Dubai International Boats Show recently held at one of the vibrant marinas in the world. This 70-metre Feadship yacht boasts striking exterior drawn by Bannenberg & Rowell, while her interior design is a work of Studio Indigo Ltd. Joy is definitely one of the premier new superyachts available in the charter market.

Joy in Dubai. Photo credit Alina Garazhenko

Joy in Dubai. Photo credit Alina Garazhenko

Lady Lara

The stunning Lady Lara has recently travelled to Maldives, the breathtaking place in the Indian Ocean, where she was photographed at the rose sunset. Designed by Reymond Langton Design and built by Lurssen, Lady Lara is a massive 91-meter luxury vessel, which boasts many luxury amenities. There is a huge beach club, a spa and sea terraces in the guests’ staterooms. Her sophisticated interior is also a work of Reymond Langdon Design.

Lady Lara was spotted in Maldives. Photo credit @justin_moir

Lady Lara was spotted in Maldives. Photo credit @justin_moir

Maltese Falcon

Another VIP guest at all the most famous events in the yachting world, Maltese Falcon has been cruising around Leeward Islands, her favourite winter cruising grounds. The amazing picture below was taken in St Maarten. Maltese Falcon is available for charter at the America’s Cup in Bermuda this June, as well as other important events. Contact our brokers now to find out more.

Maltese Falcon spotted in St Maarten photo by @spjeweler

Maltese Falcon spotted in St Maarten photo by @spjeweler


” Two Italian masterpieces: M/Y 66m Okto and… Venice!”. Motor yacht Okto was built by the respected ship manufacturer based in Italy, ISA Yachts. Her eye-catching black hull with an aggressive bow, as well as the contrast metallic superstructure turn heads at every port. Made of steel and aluminium, 66m superyacht OKTO is powered by twin Caterpillar diesel engines, reaching a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots.

Okto in Venice. Photo courtesy of ISA Yachts

Okto in Venice. Photo courtesy of ISA Yachts

Quinta Essentia

Quinta Essentia first made an appearance at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, where she won the hearts of many. She is an impressive 55m hybrid motor yacht built by Admiral, a brand of the Italian Sea Group. Behind her remarkable red-and-cream exterior, there is so much power, great performance and incredible interior design.

Quina Essentia in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by @sweetwaterpete

Quina Essentia in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by @sweetwaterpete

If you are interested in chartering a luxury yacht, you have a great opportunity to plan your summer vacation in the Mediterranean. Charter boats are booking up early this year, don’t miss out! View a selection of charter yachts here and contact our brokers at CharterWorld for more information.

Eye-catching 78m Feadship Superyacht VENUS passing through Corinth Canal

February 04, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The eye-catching 78m Feadship superyacht VENUS has been recently spotted while passing through Corinth Canal in Greece. The photos below showing this breath-taking vessel, self-designed by late Steve Jobs in partnership with Philippe Starck, were shared by Feadship Fanclub.

Venus passing through Corinth Canal - Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

Venus passing through Corinth Canal – Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

Boasting sleek and minimalist exterior lines, VENUS is an all-aluminium full custom vessel, named after the Roman goddess. Originally launched in 2012, she was beautifully refitted by Monaco Marine in 2015.

Venus underway - Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

Venus underway – Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

Venus by Feadship - Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

Venus by Feadship – Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

This striking, futuristic-looking superyacht boasts plenty of remarkable design features, from her amazing glass exterior design to the reported high-tech amenities, including seven 27-inch iMac computers.

Venus - aft view - Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

Venus – aft view – Photo by and Feadship Fanclub

There are more charter yachts built by Feadship here.

Newly refitted 78m Mega Yacht VENUS by FEADSHIP spotted in La Ciotat, France

October 29, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Feadship Fanclub has shared the photos below of the eye-catching 78m mega yacht VENUS (Project Aqua, hull 684) by Feadship, captured by Guillaume & Amandine Conti in La Ciotat, France last weekend. Originally launched in 2012, luxury motor yacht VENUS has been beautifully refitted by Monaco Marine.

Newly refitted 78m Feadship Yacht VENUS in La Ciotat, France - Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Newly refitted 78m Feadship Yacht VENUS in La Ciotat, France – Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

The striking, futuristic-looking superyacht VENUS is an all-aluminium full custom vessel, featuring engineering by De Voogt Naval Architects. Her sleek and minimalist exterior design is by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, in partnership with Philippe Starck.

Superyacht VENUS - front view - Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Superyacht VENUS – front view – Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Motor Yacht VENUS - aft view - Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Motor Yacht VENUS – aft view – Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Luxury yacht VENUS (Project Aqua, hull 684) boasts plenty of interesting design features, from her breath-taking glass exterior design to the reported high-tech amenities, including seven 27-inch iMac computers.

Mega Yacht VENUS - Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Mega Yacht VENUS – Photo by Guillaume & Amandine Conti and Feadship Fanclub

Further charter yachts built by Feadship.

Beautiful 68m Motor Yacht LADY CHRISTINE at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

October 08, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Monaco Marine La Ciotat has kindly provided us with the images of the beautiful 68m motor yacht LADY CHRISTINE by Feadship. Luxury mega yacht LADY CHRISTINE is currently undergoing full paint works in the all-new 90m climate controlled paint shed.

68m Feadship mega yacht LADY CHRISTINE at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

68m Feadship mega yacht LADY CHRISTINE at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

Originally launched in 2010, superyacht LADY CHRISTINE features both naval architecture, as well as exterior design by De Voogt Naval Architects. Her beautiful interiors were created by Rodney Black Design Studios, and represent a wonderful fusion of materials, fabrics, woods, glass, precious metals and marbles.

Works on Motor Yacht LADY CHRISTINE at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

Works on Motor Yacht LADY CHRISTINE at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

In the meantime, Monaco Marine La Ciotat is also hosting the 78m Feadship mega yacht VENUS, as well as the 78m Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht C2. Both luxury vessels are undergoing paint jobs inside temporary paint cocoons, naturally still being painted in expert conditions.

Superyacht LADY CHRISTINE undergoing full paint work at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

Superyacht LADY CHRISTINE undergoing full paint work at Monaco Marine La Ciotat

See more charter yachts built by Feadship here.

Latest project of Cardboardyachts inspired by Feadship motor yacht VENUS

February 12, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The latest project from the Cardboardyachts shipyard takes inspiration from the 78-metre motor yacht Venus (Project Aqua, hull 684), built by the prominent Dutch shipyard Feadship to a design by Philippe Starck in 2012. The model was made out of an Apple Imac box with Microsoft windows.

Latest project of Cardboardyachts inspired by Feadship motor yacht VENUS

Latest project of Cardboardyachts inspired by Feadship motor yacht VENUS

About Cardboardyachts

Cardboardyachts has been founded by Marcel Brok from the Netherlands. Cruising with their little Tupperware yacht on the Kagerplassen (near Leiden in the Netherlands) Marcel and his wife have seen some floating palaces at the Royal Van Lent Shipyard. Ready for transportation to the customer. For some 5 years they spent their holidays at the fabulous Côte d’Azure yacht charter destination near St Tropez. Not only for the nice climate and sun warranty but also to look at the many superyachts passing by.

At home there was still an old iMac computerbox in Marcel’s study and he started to fantasize of building a yacht out of it. A few years ago he got a brochure of Feadship Archimedes with some very usable pictures and a deckplan. So he started cutting and gluing and the first model was born. His demands increased and for the next models he chose some yachts with special design features which were very difficult to make out of cardboard.

The models are built on a 1:100 scale and Marcel uses the Internet to get some pictures of different angles to get an idea of the dimensions and design.

Building a model of a superyacht takes him about 40-60 hours.

His expenses are 3 euro hot-melt gluesticks. The carboard he gets for free from old boxes. That’s the reason he names them his 3 euro superyachts. Accessible for everyone.

The collection will expand as long as superyacht builders keeps on building challenging superyachts and Marcel has already spotted some interesting projects. Some of his models are exposed at Neko Yacht Supplies in Hoogvliet Netherlands.

At the moment the Cardboardyacht fleet consists of the models of:

•             Archimedes

•             J’Ade

•             charter yacht Alfa Nero

•             charter yacht Solandge

•             Ace

•             Madame Gu

•             Tango

•             Venus

Yachting world striving to become more environmentally friendly

May 20, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

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

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

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

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

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

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.