Shinkai, a pure custom Feadship explorer yacht has left the shipbuilder’s Alssmeer yard for final outfitting before her upcoming sea trials. This marks the first journey of what will be many more to come for the 55m superyacht. New additions include a striking mast and a 7.2-tonne onboard submarine, which is to be manoeuvred by a crane. The crane will also have the capability to launch Shinkai’s limousine tender and move the owners’ car on board.
Shinkai, which means ‘deep sea’ in Japanese, is set to embark on many far-reaching expeditions in the coming years. These will include both the northwest and northeast passages. The vessel’s steel hull has been built to ice-class standards to ensure she can weather the extreme conditions of such voyages. Additionally, for the first time on a yacht of this size, a gyroscope system has been fitted within the hull. At 3×3 metres, the 23-tonne gyro is the largest unit built to date and a heavy piece of equipment for the yacht “designed to go far on less fuel”.
Feadship and Vitruvius worked with eco-designer Phillipe Briand on the ship’s exterior. The collaboration formed an impressive self-sufficient and fuel-efficient yacht capable of travelling the world. Monaco based Boutsen Design was tasked with creating a luxurious interior. All teams worked closely with the owner throughout the process to achieve their desired custom explorer superyacht.