Style takes to the sea with Feadship's most exciting launch to date, the 72 meter plus M.Y. Predator, a three bedroom mighty monolith that takes speed and comfort to new levels of excellence.
In 2004, Jaap van Keulen, chief designer of De Voogt Naval Architects and celebrated royal Dutch shipyard, Feadship, were set a unique challenge; to create a craft with a performance to equal its sporty look, without the use of jets and gas turbines. To reach the desired speed of around 25-knots without jet and gas turbines, the only solution was propeller propulsion, which has the disadvantage of excessive levels of noise and vibration. Although its axe-bow – a first for Feadship - accentuates the aggressive, high performance look of the vessel’s sleek, raked form, this smart architecture also serves to minimize necessary propulsion power needed to a motor a craft of Predator’s 72.80 meter length, reducing sound and movement to a minimum, offering a smooth ride, even at top speed.
With its emphasis on speed, weight was an important consideration, not only in the architecture of Predator’s steel hull and aluminum and composite outer structure, But particularly within the interior design. Leading the project, Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell of London-based Bannenberg Designs were given free reign within the restraints of weight and the owner’s predilection for Karelian Birch, a fine timber found in Northern Europe. Because of its distinctive light hue, the designers introduced high-gloss Macassar ebony and Zebrano for contrast.
On the main deck, within the main lounge a custom-made Macassar ebony dining table, designed by David Linley, complements the main design theme. Presiding over the convivial space, the large piece, which seats up to twelve guests, divides into two, as does the space in which it rests. When parted, it provides easy access from the dining area into the lounge. Continue through the four-panel sliding doors to the aft of the outside deck and turn around for an impressive 60 meter uninterrupted view all the way through the lounge, main entrance, leading up to the front part of the owner’s stateroom.
Arranged in a circular configuration, orbicular geometry follows throughout the interior design. Six virtually full-length elliptical windows either side of the owner’s stateroom magnifies the visual impression upon entering.
One of the most unique aspects of a craft of this size is it only has two VIP guest suites and a giant master stateroom, sleeping only six. Although more moderate solutions exist for extra guests, this frees up the main space for entertaining. The main feature of the master stateroom is a ‘glowing’ central elliptical skylight in the ceiling above the bed. Even the design of the hand-stitched rare Muga silk carpet was informed by this imposing architectural element. Within the main and boat deck lounges ebony-framed display niches containing the owner’s art collection, originally designed to conceal the engine room’s air inlet casings, add sculptural appeal to their respective spaces.
One of the biggest trends in yacht design is the blending of interior and exterior spaces. The huge square windows of the main lounge uncharacteristically reach below the top of the cap rail, maximizing on daylight and the idyllic ocean view.
The bridge deck has a convivial air, which includes large games table and a bar concealing a large pop-up screen television and custom-designed cabinets housing the subwoofers and inbuilt speakers in the ceiling, while oversized sun bathing pads replicate interior comfort outdoors. One of the most thrilling features must be the detachable twin seat which, when affixed to the nose of the bow, offers adventurous types a chance to get close to the waves. Although, conservative types may prefer to take a spin in one of the two tenders, their style inspired by the ship’s impressive bow. As one of Feadship’s most celebrated vessels, expect to see Predator on the prowl in the chicest ports of call this summer.
- 4x MTU 16V 595 TE90, 4320 kW/5793 bhp
- Rolls Royce Controllable pitch propellers
- Maximum speed 28+ knots
- RANGE: 5,000 nm at 16 knots
- Overall length: 72.80m (238’10”)
- Beam max: 11.40m (37’11”)
- Draft (loaded): 3.70m (12’2”)
- Fuel capacity: 183,000 litres (48,340 US gallons)
- Fresh Water capacity: 38,6000 litres (10,200 US gallons)
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