Feadship super yachts, a privilege for a very happy few
Not too many people in the world are sufficiently wealthy to afford a boat. Within that group of people there are only few that can afford a yacht. And within that very privileged group there are very few that can afford a super yacht.
More even, up till now only 250 people in the world have been either rich enough purchase a super yacht of the highest class available: A Feadship. These guys don’t play game in the Champions league, they form the league of extraordinary gentlemen. Or as their claim says: ‘There are yachts and there are Feadships‘.
The family shipyards of Royal Van Lent and Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw established Feadship, together with De Voogt Naval Architects, in 1949. Feadship stands for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders. And where it gets interesting, these ships are built in the tiniest towns of Holland like ‘Kaag’, due to the residence of the best craftsmen in the country and their incomparable expertise on yacht building. It is a known fact that the Dutch master the waters (We have been able to inhabit a country that is mostly below sea level by enabling Delta life and built the most ingenious dikes and locks), but where the Dutch are renowned for their sober work ethics (act normal, that’s crazy enough), it’s quite remarkable that the richest people in the world have to fly their private helicopters to Haarlem to spend their millions.
Every Feadship built is custom made and unique in the world and gets completely designed and developed by the wishes of it’s buyer. And as they deliver pure perfection of the most luxurious hand crafted materials, in takes a wait of a few years, but then you do have a yacht beyond comparison. The write on their website: “Feadship is widely recognised as the world leader in pure custom-built superyachts. Based in the Netherlands, with roots dating back to 1849, Feadship is defined by unparalleled craftsmanship, setting the standard in every aspect of design, engineering and construction. Each bespoke superyacht is created in partnership with an owner who invests in a uniquely rewarding build experience.”
The delivery time of a few years can get a bit of a problem if you happen to pass away in the meanwhile, like Apple founder Steve Jobs. He ordered his 120 million dollar yacht that is fully equipped and controlled by Apple products. For the design he enlisted the expertise of Philippe Starck to create this one-of-a-kind sailing paradise of 78 meters long. As the boat finished in 2012, Jobs unfortunately never got to board ‘The Venus’, as he died a year before. Today Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell carries the ‘burden’ of ownership over this Dutch peace of artisan mastery. And as it has been spotted in the Caribbean recently, it’s just a matter of time before we can peak inside.
Check out this brilliant article in Vanity Fair with Philippe Starck on how the collaboration with Steve Jobs went for building this ship.