Over the years, the name “Feadship” has become synonymous with the finest quality luxury yachts. Feadship’s focus on perfection also has helped to establish The Netherlands as one of the world’s most important yacht-building countries. Comprising two shipyards and a naval architecture firm, Feadship builds superyachts from 30 - 100+ metres.
The history of Feadship
Feadship was established in 1949 as a marketing partnership between two Dutch shipyards, Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw and Royal Van Lent Shipyard and De Voogt Naval Architects. An acronym for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders, Feadship’s original mission was to market yachts to buyers in the United States.
As Feadship’s success grew in the U.S. and around the world throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, so did the size of the yachts it delivered. Feadship’s reputation was enhanced by celebrity owners such as magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes, who commissioned the 46-meter superyacht Highlander, designed by Jon Bannenberg and delivered by Feadship in 1986. The late Jim Moran, a U.S. auto dealer and philanthropist, and his wife, Jan, also made headlines for the company by building eight Feadship luxury yachts named Gallant Lady.
Today, the original three partners – Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw, Royal Van Lent Shipyard and De Voogt Naval Architects – continue to design and build superyachts and to market them internationally under the Feadship banner.