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News: Re-launch of newly refitted Feadship superyacht HIGHLANDER

January 21, 2014 by lucy
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Magnetic attraction
The Highlander superyacht remained in the Forbes family for over a quarter of a century. When she was finally offered for sale, it was clear that Bannenberg’s designs had lost none of their attraction. “We are very big fans of Feadship,” explain the owners. The Highlander had Feadship’s outstanding quality and Jon Bannenberg’s iconic profile. The Feadship and Bannenberg mix was irresistible.”

Fans of the late Jon Bannenberg and Feadship will be impressed with the way the owners used Bannenberg’s angular lines to modernise her profile, then adjusted her space for use by their family and charter guests. The enormous refit project included upgrading and modernising all the mechanics while extending the stern by 12 feet to create a contemporary transom and accommodate a lifting transformer platform. The top deck has also been extended forward for al fresco relaxation.

Angular lines
“The new exterior profile follows Bannenberg’s strong lines,” continue the owners, “and it shows how far ahead of his time Bannenberg was in the early 1980s. Luxury yacht The Highlander has the personality of Malcolm Forbes and Bannenberg, we believe there is a seamless transition between the original and the new.”

The striking new interior opens up the interior spaces to play to the strengths of The Highlander yacht and changes her from a corporate entertainment boat to a yacht for private use. The entire main deck was stripped back, floors, ceilings, and walls removed, and clean contemporary white Angire and dark wenge interiors installed. The new master stateroom is forward with two new master bathrooms. There are six guest suites with en suite baths.

Multiple assets
High-technology has been added from Quantum zero-speed stabilizers, an all-new pilot house, extensive WiFi facilities & new audio video system to the latest eco-friendly sewage system, LED lighting and new air-conditioning. Malcolm Forbes’ custom made cigarette boat has been completely refitted and painted jet black with a swaggering bold red stripe.

Shared heritage
“We have changed the name to simply ‘Highlander’ – the visionary personalities of Malcolm Forbes and Jon Bannenberg are still very much alive on in this yacht,” conclude the owners. “We look forward to sharing Highlander with people who truly appreciate Feadship’s quality and Bannenberg’s revolutionaity design.”

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