This Spring we have seen a large number of luxury yachts launched on time for the Mediterranean yachting season. However, the 74m SHERPA is a rather different boat, as she was designed as a luxury yacht support vessel, and as per all Feadship-built vessels, she is completely unique and custom designed, down to the very last detail.
Due to her height, SHERPA was launched via slipway in order for the yard to be able to progress with her construction as it was no longer possible to continue inside the construction hall. She is due for an imposing mast, air/exhaust funnels and cranes to be added to the deck. The construction is still well underway and she is due to be christened and delivered later in 2018.
SHERPA is being built for an experienced yacht owner and Feadship’s repeat client. Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of the yacht is her unfaired hull finish, leaving the plate work and welding exposed. This design feature is in line with the sturdy, expedition yacht appearance. Her industrial look is contrasted and at the same time complimented by high-end details, such as teak, polished stainless steel and dressed aluminium and steel elements.
The naval architecture was created by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects in collaboration with RWD for exterior and interior design, allowing the yacht to carry plenty of equipment, transportation and logistics options on board, including two huge boom cranes which will soon be installed. The cranes will extend to 12m and 20m respectively and will be capable of hoisting items from port and starboard, on and off the helicopter deck, and to and from the platforms of the multipurpose garage below. There is a huge hull door to starboard which, once folded down, turns into a fantastic beach club with a flush floor, while the cargo bay to port rotates upward. The stern bulwark also rotates and converts into a swimming platform to the beach club. These features might seem simple, however, involve a massive amount of engineering and technical expertise as well as great craftsmanship to execute.
The spacious lounge and dining area, as well as a bar/pantry, are located below the helicopter deck, while the observatory lounge and bridge deck are situated in the forward area of the vessel. The accommodation, including the owner suite, two VIP suites and four guest suites are all located on the main deck. SHERPA is being created with well-appointed and laid out interiors in order to offer versatility during long voyages to different parts of the world. More to come …
Sherpa first appeared on the water at her technical launch one year ago.