Serial superyacht owner Matt Voorhees discusses his love of refitting classic Feadships in the latest edition of our lockdown series, At Home with BOAT.
Voorhees' 56 metre Feadship Broadwater is currently undergoing a major refit at Royal Huisman and will be "on the water starting to cruise" by "late July to mid August" of this year.
As well as refitting the interior, Voorhees has added a stern extension to the yacht to incorporate a beach club, he told editor-in-chief Stewart Campbell in episode 15 of the interview series.
"What was needed most clearly for me was a stern extension that modernised and opened that very lovely boat to the sea […] So we have extended the boat," he said, adding that the new feature will also help attract charter clients.
Although the refit meant that Voorhees was not able to isolate on board as he would have liked, the Broadwater owner reasoned that "in some ways the boat will be more prepared for me and for our [charter] customers", as the lockdown period has provided the Royal Huisman shipyard with extra time to work on the yacht.
As Broadwater is Voorhees’ third Feadship in 10 years, the superyacht owner also explained why he loves the brand, and what exactly makes these yachts "a very special breed of boat".
Finally, Voorhees discusses how he balances personal use with the charter season on board Broadwater, as well as advice for owners undertaking their first refit – namely suggesting that a "pedigree yard" is the best place to have such work done.