Based in the Netherlands, Feadship is a combination of three of the most renowned names in yachting history – De Vries, Royal Van Lent and De Voogt – whose roots date back to 1849. Feadship is recognized as the world leader in the field of custom-built motor yachts, and has continuously been at the forefront of innovation in both technology and design. An aggressive expansion programme now underway will allow the organization to launch up to five yachts a year, ranging in size up to 180 metres.The latest venture of Royal Van Lent, Feadship, is the 60.96-metre (200’) April Fool, the finest luxury motoryacht that money could buy. The onboard logistics are the sum of Feadship’s know-how and experience. Highlights include a four-story lift and a custom-developed electric awning on the sun deck. In addition to a superb full-beam Owner’s suite, April Fool has four spacious staterooms and fine quarters for up to eighteen crew. Conceived by De Voogt Naval Architects, April Fool is a twin-screw motoryacht with a steel hull, aluminium superstructure and a top speed of 16 knots.
Form and function
The need for perfection: a case in point on April Fool is the lift that runs from the lower deck to the sun deck. In addition to the obvious complexity of fitting such machinery on a yacht, the location of a lift also places huge restrictions on the installation of piping, AC systems, wiring and communications. Feadship have created an integrated solution bearing in mind the Owners’ concerns about excessive sun exposure.
They have designed an innovative electrical awning for the forward section of the boat and a groundbreaking canopy for the aft section. As a result, the lift house has become a distinctive feature of the vessel’s silhouette. This singular combination of form and function is manifested in many other ways on April Fool. Incorporating almost all the electric cables and piping in the ceilings and installing a central ducted air system made it unnecessary to have cabinets under the sills and allowed for much larger vertical windows in the lounges. This profile contributes to a lighter and brighter interior, increasing the awareness of those onboard to changes in the outside environment. Furthermore the glass is reinforced, laminated and chemically treated to such a degree that storm shutters are no longer required at sea. In addition to aesthetic considerations, this solution is great news for crew members who no longer have to climb out to fit the shutters.
While April Fool is primarily intended for entertaining family and very close friends, the ship also has facilities to offer VIP guests a fitting welcome. The service-minded approach includes the huge storage and laundry areas on the tank deck, a truly spacious dining room for a 60-metre yacht, the professional galley and the extra pantries. All these facilities are linked in such a way that crew can quickly and efficiently serve guests while being virtually unnoticeable.
April Fool’s exterior profile is based on the classic lines of Feadship, and classic features include the long bow, the dodgers and the sloping treatment of the black-tinted wheelhouse windows. While the rhythmic layout of the other windows is traditional, the squarer shaping of those positioned amidships adds a more modern flavour.
Another outstanding feature is the curved shape in the arch running from aft to forward like a wave, thus giving April Fool a very elegant look. The origins of this quintessential design attribute can be traced to the central staircase and lift. While it is possible to have two separate staircases running from lower to main and main to upper decks, the requirement of a lift means that the staircase also has to follow one vertical line. The need to combine a central staircase with a central engine room added to the interior design challenge on April Fool as the stairs had to run aft of the engine room and end up even further aft in the guest lobby. Moreover, if the lift is to reach the sun deck, then a lift house is required there too. Feadship, in fulfilling the Owner’s desire for a canopy aft of the vessel, have designed a removable carbon fibre solution. The holistic synergy between the lift house, forward awning and aft canopy is unique and highly distinctive. Other prominent features of the exterior are the tender bays, where the Owner’s favourite 30-foot San Juan SJ 70 called Fooled Again is docked. The stainless steel telescopic foremast, required at night for navigational lighting, descends electronically into the yacht during the day. The remarkable lazarette door swivels out above head height to reveal a shower and light fixtures. [...]