Bearing hull number 804, the new super yacht Helix took to the water on Monday 15 August last year. The boat was launched by Royal Van Lent Shipyard, part of the Dutch joint venture Feadship, together with Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw and De Voogt Naval Architects: all three very famous names in the history of yachting.
After completion of the usual painstaking sea trials, Helix set sail for the Mediterranean, to be officially presented to the public at the 21st Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Helix was the fifth hull delivered in the new, exclusive Feadship F45 Vantage custom series.
This highly innovative series has been hugely successful over a short period of time, testifying to the high value of the concept.
Launched together with the other Feadship custom series, the new Feadship SL39, which is smaller but also has a semi custom design, the F45 Vantage is an alternative to the traditional fully custom vessels that have, to date, embodied the excellence of Feadship’s luxury motor yachts.
Underlying the concept is an innovative technological platform, which complies with rigorous construction standards and makes it possible to produce a new yacht in timescales significantly shorter than those typically required for the traditional construction of a fully custom yacht. However, at the same time, it is still possible to modify the external appearance of the vessel (you can have a blue or white hull and an option of four interiors).
This cutting-edge technological solution makes it possible to have a yacht that is customised in every detail but without having to wait up to three years and, most importantly, without missing out on the extremely high quality that has always marked Feadship’s exclusive one-off creations. Like these, the new Helix is also a super yacht with exceptional technological and aesthetic characteristics, a highly sophisticated layout and remarkably refined finishes.
On the technical side, Helix is based on naval architecture developed completely in-house by De Voogt Naval Architects. One notable feature is that appropriate solutions to reduce the new motor yacht’s environmental impact were adopted during the engineering development stage. In the construction of the all-metal Helix, Royal Van Lent Shipyard used steel for the hull and aluminium for the superstructure, and the construction as a whole meets the classification standards of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Maltese Cross 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 and LMC UMS, and complies with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency rules.
Helix has a length overall of 44.65 metres, equivalent to 146 feet 6 inches, and a beam overall of 9.20 metres, equivalent to 30 feet 2 inches. Under full load, the maximum draught of the hull is 2.70 metres, equivalent to 8 feet 10 inches.
Helix’s engine room has been carefully designed to facilitate the various technical service tasks in accordance with the rigorous standards imposed by Feadship’s accumulated know-how.
Two V12 2000 M70 engines by the German firm MTU have been installed in the engine room, each capable of pumping out a maximum power of 788 kW, equivalent to 1,055 BHP. With these reliable engines, the new Helix by Feadship has a top speed of 14.5 knots.
The yacht naturally has a transatlantic range, thanks in part to the fuel tanks, which have a total capacity of 40,450 litres, equivalent to 10,650 US gallons. For their part, the freshwater tanks have a total capacity of 10,000 litres, or 2,600 US gallons.
Helix’s technical equipment includes two CAT C9 generators by the US firm Caterpillar, together with a pair of zero speed stabilisers by VT Naiad Marine.
The yacht also has two tenders: one rescue and service tender and one main tender, a seven-metre model by Pascoe International. [...]