Earlier this month, Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards
released a teaser video promising a “sovereign surprise” at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. On Wednesday, the company took the wraps off in Monaco as it unveiled a scale model of its 2013 Feadship Future Concept. Dubbed the Feadship Royale, the concept is designed to mark this year’s ascension to throne of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
When Feadship Royal Dutch shipyards rolls, or rather, floats out one of their multi-million dollar superyachts, it does so with a lot of fanfare. Just last month, we covered the unveiling of their innovative Qi
(Chi) concept vessel and now the megayacht builder has introduced its latest real-world effort, the 257-foot (78.50m) luxury motoryacht Hampshire II
, which left the drydock at the company's Kaag, Netherlands, facility a few days ago.
Feadship Royal Dutch shipyards will offer a glimpse into the rarefied world of superyachts
at the Dubai International Boat Show later this month (March 13-17). The luxury watercraft manufacturer's 56 meter (183.75 ft) Future Concept vessel Qi
(say "chee") will be showcased (scale model only) along with a few of Feadship's real-world 70 meter-plus (229 ft+) multimillion dollar models, the 81 meter (266 ft) Air
, and the 77.7 meter (252 ft) Tango
. Built for a realm where just turning the engines on at the dock for ten minutes will set the owner back hundreds of dollars, these are designs that are sure to impress.
For the fifth year in a row, Netherlands-based Feadship – a co-op between two shipyards and the De Voogt Naval Architects maritime engineering company – has revealed a concept yacht to mark the opening of the Monaco Yacht Show. This year’s effort, called Breathe, has drawn inspiration from biomimicry
, which imitates forms found in nature to solve manmade problems. However, Feadship has chosen an unexpected natural design to imitate for a boat – zebra stripes.