Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw in the Netherlands has launched the 63.00-metre Feadship Lady Britt in a ceremony attended by hundreds of people that also saw the name of the yacht unveiled for the very first time.
Lady Britt is the first significant yacht ever owned by her Scandinavian owner. “He and his family have enjoyed many charters over the decades, using this time to synthesise exactly what they would like should the time ever be right to commission a new build,” explains Bas Nederpelt, sales and marketing director at Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw.
“In recent years the owners have also deliberately chosen to charter Feadships in order to experience whether premium quality really does make such a difference. The answer was a resounding ‘yes’, leaving the owners to focus on how they would like Feadship to fulfil their ambitions in terms of layout, interior finish and the like. Exceptionally involved in every aspect of the project, including many visits to the De Vries yard and De Voogt Naval Architects, the owners have succeeded in creating a yacht that is the very essence of customisation.”
One of the most striking aspects of this personalised approach is the choice for six large guest suites on the lower deck in order to accommodate family and friends in comfort and style. Two of the suites can be converted into a full-width VIP stateroom to allow a dual principal charterer more space. The owners have chosen a luxury New York apartment feel for their stateroom, complete with separate bathrooms and dressing rooms; enhanced with a private study. Meanwhile, the overall arrangement makes Lady Britt an excellent yacht for charter with a dedicated wellness spa, a separate panoramic gymnasium, an outdoor cinema and an authentic Finnish sauna with its own private access to the ocean. All these facilities complement the very spacious external guest areas.
During the launch ceremony, Henk de Vries thanked the owners for their enormous commitment. “It has been a privilege to see how you have dedicated yourselves to learning about every aspect of yacht building. Even before signing the contract we spent many hours in discussions, and the depth of your knowledge was such that I wondered whether you might actually be going to build the boat yourself. Ultimately, all this know-how allowed you to make excellent decisions once we started work on Lady Britt, and the results are clear for all to see. You have taken a very pretty, classic Feadship design, made it a little longer and sleeker, and fashioned a spectacular yacht of which we are all very proud.”
De Vries also praised the decision to bring in Redman Whiteley Dixon to take care of the interior design brief. “This has resulted in an interior that is modern in terms of style and yet has a warmth and an intimacy that is identifiably Scandinavian in its ambience. All in all, Lady Britt is the finest yacht this yard has built to date.”
Owner’s representative and established Feadship captain Patrick Cowley praised the shipyard for its commitment and passion on the project: “Koninklijke de Vries continually strives to set the highest standards within the yachting industry and Lady Britt is certainly a highly polished testament to their skilled workforce’s pursuit of this prestigious goal. Everyone who was involved in the design and build process of Lady Britt should be very proud indeed of their incredible success and hard work.”
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