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Extended 56 Metre Feadship Broadwater Completes "Major Conversion" at Huisfit

2020-10-30By Miranda Blazeby

The 56 metre Feadship superyacht Broadwater  has completed a major "classic to contemporary" conversion at Royal Huisman's refit division Huisfit.

The yacht has now been redelivered by the Dutch yard after beginning the conversion in November last year. The yacht has left the Netherlands and preparing to cross the Atlantic. 

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, while MCM Newport’s Peter Wilson oversaw the project as the owner's representative. 

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.

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.

Speaking about the successful conversion, owner’s representative Peter Wilson said: “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.

Broadwater before the conversion

"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.