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Gallery: Inside 56m Feadship superyacht Broadwater's "major conversion"

17 December 2020 • Written by Miranda Blazeby

The full impact of the major "classic to contemporary" conversion of the 56m Feadship yacht Broadwater  has been revealed in images showing the revamped superyacht. 

Images: Onne Van Der Wal

The yacht completed the major refit at Royal Huisman's refit division Huisfit and was redelivered to its owner at the end of October 2020. It began the mammoth conversion in November 2019.

Speaking about the project, owner’s representative of MCM Newport Peter Wilson revealed that "no area was left untouched”.

"We were fortunate to be working for an experienced owner. He had already refitted various yachts, including his previous Feadship, also called Broadwater, and understood the process," Wilson said.

"When I sometimes had to call him with less than stellar news, he would take it in stride and I think it’s fair to say he’s overjoyed with the end result."

The project, which saw Broadwater transformed into a “modern and liveable home away from home” with charter capability, included a four metre extension.

New exterior and interior styling was penned by Adam Voorhees, who previously worked with the owner on the refit of his other classic Feadship.

Extensive work on the yacht included a four-metre extension of the hull. The completely re-styled stern provided an extended aft deck and beach club on the lower deck.

Meanwhile, the sundeck was rebuilt with a new composite mast and hardtop, as well as a large Jacuzzi, bar area and day head.

The refit saw the overhaul of the guest and crew areas too, with a contemporary interior replacing the formely traditional one. Materials such as oak, open grain black walnut, patinated bronze and textured Serpeggiante and Portoro now feature throughout, with soft furnishings in tactile cashmere, silks, leathers and linens. New teak and furniture were supplied for the main and bridge decks.

Broadwater before the conversion

Speaking about the interior, Wilson added: "The new design is airy and refined and draws on brushed European oak, black walnut and fumed Eucalyptus, along with bronzed details and tactile leather, cashmere, silk and wool textiles. The crew quarters were also revamped to bring them up to modern standards."

The conversion included a classification change from private use to commercial to allow the owner to charter the yacht. Modifications saw changes to the fire boundaries and installation of systems such as a large emergency generator and water mist fire fighting system.

Last but not least, the superstructure and hull were repainted to a new blue and white colour scheme for a more contemporary exterior look.

Wilson added: “When I was first contacted by the owner to discuss this refit, it quickly became apparent that this was an irresistible project.

"His vision was to breathe new life into this magnificent Feadship. It was a great pleasure to work alongside Adam Voorhees to see his designs evolve through the development of both the exterior and interior."

Royal Huisman chief executive Jan Timmerman added: “On behalf of our team I can say that we are proud of the successful delivery of Broadwater.

"This is a very significant milestone for Huisfit and the result of great teamwork between the owner, Peter Wilson, the Broadwater crew, various partners and the Huisfit team – despite the various challenges like working in Covid-19 times. Thanks to her visionary owner, Broadwater will be future-proof for many years ahead.”

Launched in 1994, Broadwater was designed by Frits De Voogt with interiors penned by John Munford. She was acquired by her new owner at the end of 2018, who also owns another classic Feadship by the same name.

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