Thursday, March 7, 2013

Feadship Launch "Larisa"

This week Feadship launched their newest addition to their ever growing fleet of superyachts. Larisa measures 57.60m (189ft) and was custom built for an experienced owner who was looking to own a superyacht by one of the worlds top builders.

Her exterior lines are contemporary yet have classic influences seen in the windows, doors, the bridge and the gray styling in the superstructures decks. Bannenberg & Rowell took on the challenge of her interior design which lead them on a three year design voyage that took in influences from Greece, Italy, the Riviera and the Byzantine Empire, then they blended them perfectly within Larisa's interior.

At the launch ceremony, Feadship director Henk de Vries praised the excellent cooperation with the owner's team, Bannenberg & Rowell Design and the captain. "The designers did an incredible job in creating detail and intricacy, creating an interesting and detailed interior." He also explained that the contract for Larisa had been the first new order signed after the beginning of the financial crisis. "A Feadship is not just a luxury product - it also has to add up financially. The smart and efficient negotiating skills of Will Christie at Y.CO played an important role in bringing this project to fruition at a crucial time for the industry."

 Larisa's captain James Verity told the watching crowds that the entire project had been great fun. "It has long been an ambition of mine to be involved with a build at Feadship. Over the past three years I have seen that the real Feadship magic occurs on the shop floor – the quality of workmanship, the attention to detail and the pride that goes into the work here is unmatched, and this is why Feadship is at the very top of modern yacht building today."

Before cracking open the champagne, the owner also spoke a few words. "It's now some 400 years since Peter the Great came from Russia to the Netherlands to learn yacht building and we have been trying to perfect the art ever since. But we still can't beat Feadship, which is why I had my boat built here. As someone who has been involved in engineering various construction projects, I understand how difficult it is to create something as magnificent as Larisa on time and within budget. Everyone at Feadship has done a fantastic job."

  • Length: 57.60m (189ft)
  • Beam: 10.55m (34ft)
  • Draft: 3.25m (11ft)
  • Max Speed: 15.5kts
  • Range: Transatlantic
  • Guests: 8
  • Crew 12

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