The 24 metre Feadship Absolute has completed a year-long refit at her home yard and been renamed Caravelle after the eponymous Feadship series.
Caravelle’s new owners shipped her from the Mediterranean to Feadship’s Makkum facility for a refit extensive enough “to ensure she lasts as least another half a century”.
Caravelle was originally launched as Quien Sabe in 1965 as part of a series of seven Caravelles between August 1961 and October 1965. The classic line was developed during a partnership with iconic Italian designer Carlo Riva.
The refit of Caravelle, the fifth in the series, comes after Feadship totally rebuilt the fourth model in the series, Serena, in 2010.
Caravelle’s year-long refit included the complete stripping and rebuilding of the engine room and installation of four RotorSwing at-anchor stabilisers.
The hull was repainted and systems upgraded, while a lazarette and folding swim platform were added, extending Caravelle’s length by 1.5 metres.
“These changes did not negatively affect the design,” the yard said, adding that Caravelle has “retained its beautiful soft body curves, charming blue hull, warm teak deck and gleaming chrome deck jewellery.”