During the period between her launch in August 2014 and her debut in November 2015 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, only a handful of the Owner’s lucky guests had the privilege of experiencing ROCK.IT in person. Even during the US show, only a select public had the opportunity to go on board, but all the show’s visitors could at least admire the beauty of the motor yacht built by Feadship from up close. ROCK.IT, the Dutch shipyard’s hull number 687, was created for an expert Owner who had never even considered having a super yacht built before this. The Owner’s initial plan was actually just for a vessel of less than 40 metres in length, but as the project developed, the size progressively increased until it was ultimately over 60 metres. This was also the first time that the Owner had come to Feadship for a construction project, having been convinced of the quality offered by the Dutch shipyard after a positive charter experience on board a yacht made by the famous builders. The Owner commented on the emotional and rational bases for his decision to opt for a Feadship yacht as follows: “The reason that I chose Feadship is simple. Whether it’s wiring or plumbing, pipe fitting or painting, finishing or wiring, Feadship has the finest compilation of artists that I could find on my journey of discovery among the super yachts that exist today. It is all the small things that they do, the time they take to do what they do, and the extra effort that they take to make every corner, nook and cranny look great. As we enjoy this piece of art called ROCK.IT, we always do so with respect and admiration for the men and women who created her.” And he certainly knows what he’s talking about, as the Owner frequently travelled to the Netherlands in person to see how work was progressing. On this point, Henk de Vries, the CEO of Feadship, says: “During his many visits to the yard, we had terrific fun with this unconventional and no-compromise client. His between-your-eyes honesty and tremendous respect for and appreciation of Feadship craftsmanship pushed us to new heights. This is the epitome of the Feadship experience, which encompasses the entire design and construction process. ROCK.IT is a true 21st-century Feadship: stunning aesthetic design nestled in a super-stable oceangoing package that will truly rock the waves.” He also emphasised the special relationship that developed between the Owner and the shipyard: “The project evolved greatly from our first contacts, and it has been a great experience, an amazing and sometimes rollercoaster ride to partner with the owner of ROCK.IT. The owner wanted to create a highly distinctive yacht, and the teams from Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Feadship had to pull out all the stops to realise the owner’s vision of a striking, innovative and sporty look.” Exterior designer Sander Sinot confirms the Owner’s vision, which took on concrete form in the yacht: “ROCK.IT is very sleek and bold without being pretentious. A natural flow of lines and surfaces makes the yacht breathe speed and exude elegance.” Naturally, the Owner’s vision went beyond just the exterior design to include the interior design as well, in a personal, original synergy that the Owner’s initial brief appropriately describes as a Feadship yacht that is “fast from the outside, cosy on the inside”. The end result is that ROCK.IT is a successful aesthetic hybrid that boldly combines a dynamic, sporty, space-age exterior look with a traditional detailed classic-modern interior style. In relation to the exterior design, it should be highlighted that creating highly complex shapes and surfaces like those on ROCK.IT takes enormous technical skill and a wealth of experience. For example, in ROCK.IT’s extensive use of glass – which in some windows is curved both horizontally and vertically – the yacht makes full use of all the technological advances that Feadship has developed in the design and construction of the yard’s recent super yacht builds. Similarly, the interior design and decor also provide irrefutable evidence of the outstanding artisanal skill and exquisite artistic sensibility of Feadship’s people, who in this case were working for a client with a very keen eye for fine detailing. The details and finishes were created with the utmost skill to meet the Owner’s requirements flawlessly, as Henk de Vries explains: “To give an example, a ‘typically Feadship’ interior finish (if such a thing existed) might be satin, but the client initially requested high gloss. We were concerned this would make ROCK.IT look like the inside of a modern car, but the owner was not deterred.
A dozen (or more) different samples were made, ranging from completely matt to spectacularly shiny, and he picked something just beyond the centre point of the scale in the direction of shiny. The result is a beautiful, almost patina-like finish that gives the wood an incredible lustre.”
The fittings and furniture on board ROCK.IT recreate the warm, welcoming atmosphere of a home-from-home through skilful use of select woods in primarily dark tones, such as crotched mahogany and diagonally veneered sycamore. The numerous varieties of marble and stone also play an important role, selected to raise the opulence of the interiors to the highest level, for example Bianco Statuario marble, Nero Venato Portoro marble and Pure White Onyx. In any case, these aspects and many more contribute to making ROCK.IT a high-class formal vessel but at the same time also a party yacht when the time is right – and first and foremost, her primary purpose as a true family boat. The bridge deck is certainly the main reference point for socialising on board ROCK.IT, and it exemplifies just how much the style of the furnishings and decoration is built on a flawless mix of bold statements and intricate details. At a glance, the interior is a triumph of sumptuousness with its sycamore panelling and custom weave teak ceiling, as is the adjacent day head fully clad in exquisite marble and onyx, specifically Nero Venato Portoro marble, Pure White Onyx and Tiger Onyx. The grand main entrance on the main deck also features a giant slab of Black Portoro marble on the floor with mahogany borders and thin pieces of creamy gold-coloured Crema Marfil. No sooner have the eyes adjusted to this splendour, than they are drawn to the monumental main staircase with its many panels of crotched mahogany and sycamore inlays. Countless LED lights transform this structure into an exceptionally bright area. The stairs are all clad in leather while the metalwork of the staircase is all in polished stainless steel. The main lounge has three separate sections. Aft is a circular wine bar area, deliberately made more glossy to create a dramatic impression. The bar itself is emphasised by the layout of the slabs of Black Portoro marble on the floor, whose veins run like spokes in a wheel towards the central point of the bar. Getting a cut like this from a block of marble requires an extraordinary amount of skill. And it’s not just for show: the enormous amount of wine stored in the adjacent coolers makes it clear that this is a bar that will be well used. The fine wines could of course be served just as easily to guests in the giant seating circle amidships, perhaps while they watch the giant screen that pops out of the cabinet separating the dining area from the seating area. The dining area features a truly extraordinary table made by Frank Pollaro in Macassar Sunburst with sycamore inlays. Whether relaxing or dining, a phenomenal view is always on offer to port and starboard when the balconies are open. The Owner’s stateroom is a quiet place of deep relaxation. The his and hers bathrooms feature a wealth of backlit stones. In the “his” bathroom there is a remarkable sink made out of a single block of Black Portoro marble weighing almost half a ton, which took three days of continuous operation by a CNC machine to create. The “hers” bathroom has that rarest of things on a super yacht: a freestanding bathtub. The bathrooms are also a testament to the skills of the marble makers, with no fewer than 190 individual pieces of Bianco Statuario marble deployed in this space alone. From the main deck, the leather stairs descend to a magnificent guest lobby on the lower deck. All the guest staterooms have equally spectacular decor, using dark panels combined with light fabrics to generate a constantly inviting atmosphere. There are significantly larger windows here than you would normally expect to see on a traditional lower deck, flooding the rooms with light. The bathrooms are also unusually large for a conventional lower deck layout. Last but not least, ROCK.IT is the quietest Feadship vessel built to date, and may even be the quietest motor yacht ever built: the measurements during sea trials were simply off the charts.
Photos by courtesy of Feadship
ROCK.IT technical specifications
|Type||Twin screw motoryacht|
|LOA||60.34 m / 197’0” ft|
|Beam||10.80 m / 35’5” ft|
|Draught (loaded)||3.30 m / 10’10” ft|
|Main engines||2 x MTU 12V 4000M53R, 1140 kW @ 1600 rpm|
|Fuel capacity||120,000 litres / 31,701 US gallons|
|Fresh water capacity||24,000 litres / 6,340 US gallons|
|Generators||3 x Kilopak 175 kW|
|Accommodation||Owner: Two in owners’ stateroom
Guests: Eight guests in four guest staterooms
Crew: Twelve crew in six crew cabins; one in captain’s cabin.
Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck
|Water sports||1 x 7.00-metre tender,
1 x crew tender, wave runners, etc.
|Naval Architect||Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects|
|Exterior styling||Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design|
|Interior design||Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design|