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News: Feadship Launch Motor Yacht Kahalani

January 25, 2010 by john
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The 55.05m (180’7”) motor yacht Kahalani was launched in triumph by Feadship’s Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw shipyard on Saturday 16 January 2010 in Holland.

She is a classic Feadship superyacht with her strongly raised bow and subtle and considered design presence. However, with this superyacht Feadship have incorporated a range of exterior yacht styling elements. For instance, a design enthusiast will note the yacht’s beautifully flowing and rounded shapes as seen on her dodgers, or the details in the elegantly proportioned recessed window structures.

Other design and build detailing includes the luxury yacht’s teak cap rail – which runs over all of her decks – as well as the integrated stainless steel metal work and railing. In addition, dark grey symmetry has been employed along the yachts superstructure in a way that pulls all design elements together.

Motor yacht Kahalani has wooden flooring throughout her interior along with wax finished Makassar ebony with sycamore inlays. Added is a collection of custom built loose furniture, light fixtures, and special wall finishes. The yacht boasts an inspired interior design and décor by Rémi Tessier which is energetic, eclectic and interesting. Designer Rémi Tessier comments that that he is ‘an audacious and eclectic creator who is always on the move’.

For the launching of Kahalani her owner flew in the Light Infantry Buglers to serve as a guard of honor for the ceremony. Guests from around the world and employees from the De Vries, De Voogt Naval Architects and co-maker companies joined in the celebrations.

Superyacht Kahalani is the first new build Feadship yacht created for the yacht owner who used to own the 43 meter Feadship Eclipse which was launched as Sea Sedan in 1993 and was also renamed to M/Y Kahalani. The word Kahalani means ‘heavenly waters’ or heavenly place in Hawaiian. While being happy with how this first yacht had served his family and friends, the owner wanted to create a larger version within a distinctive exterior design template.

The yacht Kahalani’s owner commented on the Feadship yard in his speech: “[Feadship are] a dream factory, producing work of an unbelievably high quality for some of the most demanding customers in the world… Thank you for translating my dream into reality.”

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