Video: 73.6m Feadship Sherpa begins sea trials in the North Sea
by Miranda Blazeby
It comes after the yacht, which was previously known as Project 815, was moved from the Dutch yard’s Royal van Lent facility in Kaag to Rotterdam last week.
Developed in close collaboration with British designers RWD and brokerage house Cecil Wright & Partners, who previously worked on the 78.5 metre Hampshire II, this is the first Feadship to feature an unfaired hull.
Sherpa’s name reflects her immense carrying capacity, with vast expanses of open deck space for storing everything from tenders to helicopters. What’s more, her two giant boom cranes, the largest ever fitted to a Feadship, will offer a maximum reach of 20 metres.
Sherpa will feature luxury finishes such as teak decking, stainless steel detailing and accommodation for up to 13 guests, as well as 22 crewmembers.
Power comes from a pair of MTU 16V4000 M53R engines for a top speed of 15.7 knots and a globetrotting range of 5,200 nautical miles at 13 knots.
Her technical launch on April 26 was followed by the installation of her dedicated wheelhouse, another Feadship first, and a towering mast with a built-in elevator and observation platform, which will make Sherpa the tallest Feadship in the yard’s fleet when she is delivered.