Feadship 74m Future Concept Choice

A glimpse of the times to come

Since 2006 reputed Dutch shipyard Feadship has annually unveiled a Future Concept showcasing the shipyard’s ability to adapt to changing times and innovations taking place in the ever-shifting world of superyachts. 2016 is no different and during the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Feadship is to display yet another concept that has been developed based upon client feedback, internal brainstorming and research conducted by the shipyard.

Christened CHOICE, this new concept offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living on and off board. These include two co-propulsion tenders, a detachable beach house, a drone and a motion-compensated pool. This year’s concept revolves around the ability to transform one’s yacht to adapt to any surrounding. Exploration has become an industry keyword over the past two years, and Feadship’s new 74.50-metre concept will give a whole new meaning to the term.

Ruud Bakker, senior designer at Feadship, gave an insight into what we can expect from the shipyard: “The essence of our thinking on Choice is recognition that the ability to transform a yacht while underway is becoming ever-more important to owners. Our aim with this new concept is to give even more options once they are on board. The 74.50-metre Choice facilitates autonomous exploration in new and refreshing ways.

Among the main key notions, the primary propulsion sources are located in the 24.50-metre tenders either side of the yacht. Thanks to their faster speed and reduced draught compared to the mothership, the option to use these tenders significantly increases flexibility of operation. Meanwhile, the mothership has its own electric propulsion package, charged by the tenders while docked. This arrangement allows for the type of slow steaming operation adopted by large cargo vessels. In addition to silent anchoring, the mothership is also whisper-quiet when steaming along at cruising speed. Plus, Choice is fuel-efficient. Compared to an 80-metre Feadship, Choice would offer 29% savings on fuel while providing 17% more time for owners and guests to enjoy their time at anchor.

A stand-out feature on Choice are the tenders: they not only propel the yacht, but are also detachable and can roam free, leaving the mothership to rest at anchor. There are other ways to leave the mothership, including a drone nestled at the top of the yacht and an amphibious beach house apartment. While two guests spend time – or even overnight. Uncouple the tenders and the sides of the beach club offer safe water access for swimming or scuba diving, and a splendid spot for waterfront dining.

Stay tuned to Imperial to learn more in the coming months about this superyacht green revolution launched by Feadship.

 

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