Look inside: new photos of Feadship superyacht Kiss
by Risa Merl
Step inside the Feadship superyacht Kiss with these new interior photos. The stunning photo shoot of Kiss took place off Palma, Spain and showcases the 46.4 metre Kiss, with her sporty exterior by Dubois Naval Architects and crisp interior by Redman, Whiteley, Dixon.
Fitting for a yacht named Kiss, Feadship launched the yacht on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015. Though the yard is delivering ever-larger yachts, including the largest-ever Feadship Symphony, the launch of Kiss shows its commitment to building custom yachts across a range of sizes. Feadship notes that Kiss highlights its ability to "optimise the efficiency of the engineering processes in creating a bespoke superyacht".
Feadship benefited from last year's much-lauded launch, the award-winning Como, now re-named Lady May, to standardise and enhance its production process. The builder incorporated the production methods and engineering processes used on Como in the build of Kiss while still creating a completely custom yacht.
“With yachts like Como and Kiss, we are effectively building a sporty type boat around our average size of over 15 years ago, but now with all the know-how and intelligence Feadship has developed,” says Feadship Director Henk De Vries. “This facilitates a clever approach to high-end production, one which remains entirely custom while keeping the costs of a Feadship of this size within the bounds of reason.”
While not an exact sister ship, Kiss is linked to Feadship's 46.22 metre Como, launched February 2014, in more ways than their similar size. Indeed, they share the same exterior designer and naval architect, Dubois Naval Architects, who brought Feadship the client for Kiss just six months after the signing of Como. Superyacht Kiss is now for sale.
The exterior styling of Kiss stands out with its large, 6.5 metre-wide bulwark window, which gives the yacht a sporty look. Complemented by sliding doors at the main entrance, the interior is bathed in natural light.
“Ed was highly appreciative of the way that the Feadship yards work with outside designers as well as the in-house naval architects at Feadship De Voogt,” Henk De Vries continues. “Even though Como and Kiss have similar looks, they are very different yachts. Most if not all yards would have taken a platform approach based on Como’s hull, offering the client a discount for the reduced amount of engineering. That’s not how Feadship does things."
The owner of Kiss had a different brief, De Vries explains, requiring a more conventional speed of 16 knots, versus Como's 19 knots. Because of this, she has a different power package, with twin 1,800rpm Caterpillar C32 engines.
The owner also requested a different layout – while Como is a sports boat with open upper deck, Kiss's upper deck is devoted to the owner's suit with a master stateroom "penthouse" boasting incredible views. This adds to the total volume of the yacht, and therefore the weight.
"Make no mistake, these are two different Feadships," Henk De Vries says.
The upper owner's deck, unusual for a yacht less than 50 metres, has an aluminium-plated sun roof, which opens to let more light in. A spa tub is found up on the sun deck.
Also requested by the client, Kiss boasts a metallic paint job – black metallic hull, red stripe at the waterline and silver superstructure – that was challenging to apply and required special mixing machines and electrically charged spray guns that were used to ensure that the metallic flakes would appear in perfect distribution.
As can be seen in the new photos of Kiss above, interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon features a stark, fresh motif. Mark Whiteley, former RWD partner, and Toby Ecuyer began the work, and the project was finished by Toby Ecuyer and Douglad Hynd.