Custom built for an experienced yachtsman whose love sport dominates his life the 78.5 metre Hampshire II has been launched at the Feadship van Lent yard in Kaag Holland.
Built around every conceivable sporting activity including a football area on the foredeck the yacht also offers exceptional facilities for those who like to take things a little easier.
During the launch ceremony Feadship director Dick van Lent paid tribute to the yachts owner saying “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to create such a unique vessel for such a passionate sailor. He added, “He really appreciates the qualities of a Feadship and the fun of being closely involved in the design and construction process. This is exactly the sort of client we love to work with, and this is exactly the kind of superyacht that owners who build here deserve.
Many of the owner’s friends and family were involved in the various milestones of the build, and now they are all set to reap the rewards. Positive proof of this statement was seen in the hours leading up to the launch ceremony as various teams representing the owner’s guests and personnel from the yard played football on the yachts foredeck
The yacht’s helicopter landing platform, nicely finished in teak, can be transformed into a playing field for basketball, tennis, baseball, badminton and football. A giant net is placed around the deck to ensure continuity of the games is not spoiled should the ball go swimming.
On the sundeck, a crow’s nest placed atop the mast is reached by a two-person elevator and offers panoramic views high above the water. For the truly adventurous, a zip wire is connected to the mast to which one can tie a rope and slide at breathtaking speed from the crow’s nest down to the water.
The beach club features two platforms that open up either side of the yacht in addition to the swim platform at the transom. A swimming ladder descends from the stern hydraulically while the beach club itself has been finished in a driftwood style.
The contemporary overall design by Redman Whiteley Dixon and Feadship incorporates balconies on either side: Seating terraces for the owners and wing stations adjacent to the wheelhouse.
While the exterior profile is modern, the interior is a classic affair. Highlights include a typical English style bar on the bridge deck in place of the traditional lounge.
The engine room has a passageway through the middle with full height glass walls. Only three colours are used in this area – Ferrari red, white and black which, combined with lots of stainless steel and the clever use of spotlights, make the engine room look fantastic.
The same can be said of the wheelhouse with its glass-covered dashboard and touch screen controls.
- Length overall: 78.50m
- Beam overall: 12.70m
- Draught (loaded): 3.70m
- Fuel capacity: 205,000 l 54,023 US Gallons
- Fresh water capacity: 60,000 l 15,850 US Gallons
- Naval Architect: Feadship
- Exterior styling & Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon
- Main engines: 2x MTU 16V4000M53R – 1520kW / 1600rpm
- Generators: 3x MTU 8V2000 M50A 308kW / 1500rpm
- Stabilisers: VTNaiad Marine zero-speed stabilizers
- Max. speed: 16.0 knots
- Range @ 12 knots: 5500 NM
- Owner & guests Accommodation: Fourteen in six staterooms
- Crew Accommodation: 21 plus 2 staff in fourteen crew cabins