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Classic Feadship motor yacht Calypso newly for sale

5 March 2024 • Written by Holly Margerrison

The 38.4-metre Feadship motor yacht Calypso is newly listed for sale with Andrew LeBuhn and Randy Weir of Camper & Nicholsons.

Delivered in 1978, Calypso was built in steel and aluminium by Dutch superyacht yard Feadship to a design by De Voogt Naval Architects. She has undergone extensive refit periods since 2016, particularly in 2016 through to 2017 and most recently in 2019, and boasts an impressive, near 50-year history. 

Calypso is POA

Designed as a venue to entertain clients and host lavish parties, Calypso was originally commissioned for automotive millionaire E. Clayton Gengras. The yacht then fell into the hands of Malcolm Forbes, who was said to host royalty and Hollywood icons including Prince Charles, Elizabeth Taylor, and Henry Kissinger. In the early 2000s, Calypso added another string to her bow and was transformed into a family-owned yacht, working closely with National Geographic during remote explorations to conduct scientific research. 

The current and former owners have gone to great efforts to maintain the original Feadship aesthetics and feel while integrating the latest technology. The forward main dining room has been converted into the master cabin, while what was the full-beam lower deck master is now a VIP suite.

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Accommodation is now for up to 11 guests in five cabins comprising a master suite, two cabins with queen beds, and a cabin with twin beds plus a Pullman berth. A sixth "Harry Potter" cabin adds a cosy charm and is an option for an additional guest or crew member.

The main saloon is bright and airy with oversized windows allowing for plenty of natural light. An inviting white L-shaped sofa, upholstered swivel chairs and ivory carpeting create an idyllic space to relax and enjoy the yacht's ambience. Rich teak wooden cabinetry is displayed throughout the for additional warmth, while the entertainment centre includes a 55-inch flatscreen television set.

The broker also noted that the large owner’s study "can easily be converted into a theatre, gym, massage area, or spa" should the owner wish.

With hosting in Calypso's DNA, the yacht for sale has several outdoor highlights – including a Jacuzzi flanked by sunpads, barbecue, sun loungers, an alfresco, 12-person dining table and a 120-inch cinema screen. The upper deck offers panoramic views and is located under removable awnings, while a state-of-the-art audiovisual system ensures guests can enjoy entertainment across interior and exterior spaces.

With power coming from a pair of Caterpillar 600hp engines, Calypso's top speed is 13 knots and she boasts an extensive cruising range of 3,200 nautical miles.

For added comfort and safety, she is fitted with zero-speed stabilisers.

Calypso is POA.

More about this yacht

Feadship   38.4 m •  1978

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