Feadship 70m Joy delivered to owner
by Chris Jefferies
Formerly known as Hull 812, the new yacht was launched at Feadship’s Kaag yard last month in the presence of the owner and the workforce.
Speaking at the time, the owner explained that the inspiration for the name came from a statue of Christopher Columbus in New York's Central Park: "It reminded me of how much joy this explorer felt when he first saw land. Today is my moment of joy.”
Having never owned a superyacht before, the owner brought a fresh perspective to the project and wanted something “totally different to every other yacht”, Feadship added. To achieve this, Feadship teamed up with long-time interior design collaborators Bannenberg & Rowell for their first exterior design.
Dickie Bannenberg commented: “Joy is the first visible exterior design of a new era for us. The wealth of concave shapes in the superstructure and judicious use of surface texturing have given Joy a design language and identity all her own.”
One of our top four exterior design features on Joy is the beach club, which can be accessed in two ways — via swivelling transom doors or through the aft deck bomber doors. The capacious foredeck is also strongly connected to the owner’s stateroom, with 270-degree visibility through the panoramic curved windows.
Other ways in which Bannenberg & Rowell has cleverly brought light into the interior includes glass eyelets built into the structure of the lowered bulwarks, chamfered ceilings, and superstructure coamings that have been cut away along the companionways.
Interiors are by Studio Indigo and aim to create the feeling that they are an extension of the external spaces. Mike Fisher, creative director at Studio Indigo, said, “Our team was inspired by the sleek profile to create a natural flow between the interior and exterior spaces.”
The centrepiece of the interior design is a cantilevered wooden spiral staircase, which wraps around a glass elevator connecting each deck.
Jan-Bart Verkuyl, director of Feadship, concluded, “Joy is a testimony to what can be achieved when you genuinely start a superyacht build with a blank sheet of paper.”