55m Feadship Explorer Begins Outfitting

By George Bains

The 55-metre Feadship Project 708 has arrived at the facility in Aalsmeer where work has commenced on her outfitting. With the hull completed at Feadship’s yard in Papenrecht, the superyacht now begins the next phase of her construction before her scheduled delivery by the end of 2021.

Designed by Philippe Briand and Vitruvius Yachts Ltd, Project 708 is an expedition-style superyacht commissioned by a client with enormous experience of exploring the world. The superyacht promises to be fully self-sufficient and exceptionally fuel-efficient.

There are already adventures planned for Project 708 in the future, including voyages through the North-West and North-East Passages. To provide her Owner with a yacht capable of taking on such demands, Project 708 has a steel hull built to ice class and includes an advanced sonar system to explore the ocean floor. Preparing the vessel for these daring expeditions, Feadship will install the largest gyroscope system built to date.

Project 708 is packed with heavy toys to enhance the experience of these remote destinations. A 6.3-tonne submarine is the most notable of these, which will be housed on the long flat aft deck along with a massive crane. The crane will be capable of lifting 7000kg while the submarine is manned and will have an impressive outreach of almost eight metres. The crane will not only be used to launch the dub, but also for a limousine tender and to lift the Owner’s car from aft deck to shore.

By George Bains
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