First running shots as 57m Feadship superyacht Halo delivered to owner
by Risa Merl
Halo was launched by the Dutch superyacht builder in August 2015. The owner of the latest Feadship launch was inspired by her time chartering luxury yachts to commission the new build.
Halo’s owner had previously chartered the Feadship yacht Helix, now renamed Megan, and had such a positive experience that she decided to commission Halo. Helix won at the World Superyacht Awards in 2012 as the best Displacement Motor Yacht Under 500GT. A common thread seen in superyacht ownership, charter experience shaped the owner's brief for the new build.
“We were delighted to respond to your request after you enjoyed the Feadship experience during a charter trip on board Helix,” Feadship director Dick van Lent told the owner during the ceremony for the launch of Halo, which was attended by the owner’s party as well as the hundreds involved in the yacht’s build. The video below shows Halo in the water on her launch day.
While Halo’s build was inspired by Helix – and similarities can be seen in the rectangular hull windows – the owners took a different approach to their new build, seeking out Eidsgaard Design to pen a more radical exterior. This is defined by huge silver arches that dissect the superstructure.
“From a quarter-front view, the signature silver arches appear to run up, over and down the aft end of the yacht,” Halo’s designer Peder Eidsgaard explained. “As Halo drives past, however, observers will notice that the aft tip of the arch is actually turning upwards. This creates a subtle playful tail, which is an important part of the yacht’s character.”
The sale of the new build contract was brokered by Emdiston in late 2012. Edmiston Yacht Management also acted as the owner's representative throughout all stages of the 33 month construction of Halo. Going forward, Edmiston Yacht Management will provide operational management as Halo departs on a cruising itinerary chasing the sun.
The latest Feadship superyacht launch Halo has indeed been designed specifically with world cruising in mind. She boasts a cruising speed of 16 knots and a range of 5,000 nautical miles. The superyacht is also designed with plentiful outdoor living spaces, namely an enormous sun deck, which Feadship says extends five metres further forward than would be found on comparable sized superyachts. This sun deck features a grey Jacuzzi, matching the yacht’s paint scheme, which can be covered with an electronically powered carbon fibre sun awning.
New Feadship launch Halo has a helicopter deck and two large tender garages adjacent to the beach club to host two eight metre tenders, which were customised to match the yacht. As the owner is an avid scuba diver, there is space for tons of dive equipment including up to 28 tanks. Edmiston Yacht Management said it supervised the construction of the two customised D-RIBs from Compass Tenders to meet the owner's brief for watersports enjoyment.
This is the first superyacht design by renowned studio Bernardi Peschard, which has styled Halo’s interior in a modern décor with light oak and bronze inlays. Owner and guest accommodations are on the main deck, offering generous views, while the VIP is on the bridge deck.
Photography courtesy Feadship and Feadship Fanclub/ Hanco Bol