Over the years, the name “Feadship” has become synonymous with the finest quality luxury motor yachts. Feadship’s focus on perfection also has helped to establish The Netherlands as one of the world’s most important yacht-building countries. Today comprising two builders, four yards and a naval architecture firm, Feadship delivers superyachts from 50 - 100+ metres in length.
The history of Feadship
Feadship was established in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. An acronym for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders, Feadship’s original mission was to market superyachts to buyers in the United States. Today the company, now solely De Vries (f. 1906) and Van Lent (f. 1849) shipyards – albeit now with royal appellations in respect of their centenary status – plus De Voogt Naval Architects, is a global yacht building juggernaut. While Dick van Lent sold controlling interest in the Royal Van Lent operation to luxury brand goliath LVMH in 2008, De Vries Group is still a family owned and run company.
As Feadship’s success grew in the US 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 in 1986. The late Jim Moran, a U.S. auto dealer and philanthropist, and his wife, Jan, also made headlines by building eight Feadship luxury yachts named Gallant Lady. One of those was purchased on the brokerage market by IndyCar team owner Roger Penske and renamed Detroit Eagle (now Boss). Penske has since built two more Feadships, a 46m in 2000 also named Detroit Eagle (now Excellence) and the latest, a 2020 73m delivery called Podium. Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs is on the client list with Venus, styled by Philippe Stark
Feadship now operates four shipyards in the Netherlands delivering high quality custom superyachts with Kloninkljike (Royal in Dutch) De Vries headquartered in Aalsmeer and a satellite yard accommodating the construction of its largest vessels in Makkum, and Royal Van Lent operating from its historic Kaag Island facility and the newest property in Amsterdam.