15 images

Revealed: Feadship's 72.6m superyacht concept Project 2024

22 April 2021 • Written by Miranda Blazeby

Dutch yacht builder Feadship has teamed up with Nauta Design to present a 72m fast-track superyacht concept named Project 2024.

Revealed during an online press conference, Project 2024 was created in partnership with Nauta and features naval architecture penned by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects.

The concept was created as an answer to various client requests, the yard said, and is specifically designed for clients who “have neither experience nor interest in the complex technical aspects of a new build”.

Instead, Project 2024 offers an “enormous range of bespoke premium quality choices”. All core technical elements have already been devised, with essential engineering and naval architecture complete. 

This will allow clients to save on delivery time and leave them free to “create their own custom Feadship”. As a result, the superyacht can be ready for delivery in time for the 2024 summer season.

Speaking about the concept, chief marketing officer Farouk Nefzi said Project 2024 was inspired by a slew of futuristic superyacht concepts presented by designers throughout the market.

“We have been witnessing many beautiful future concepts where new technology and amazing fantasies have been displayed. But the big question is what is really possible today and what kind of innovation can be incorporated today.”

Feadship said the project is “very different from any other superyacht concept design available on the market” and has been “thought through to the highest degree of accuracy”

It came about when Nauta and the yard were collaborating on another Feadship superyacht project, as the yard explained: “Their warm relationship inspired them to consider how their shared ideal Feadship might look for prospective clients enquiring about how to bypass the early technical stage of a new build development.”

Together with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects, Nauta and Feadship spent several months of design and development creating a “custom project that would integrate all their shared expertise”.

The result is the 72m Project 2024, a fully Tier III complaint superyacht built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

Speaking about the concept, Feadship chief executive Jan-Bart Verkuyl said the design team had tried to incorporate a range of design trends dominating the market. These include sustainability, forward-thinking innovation and design, explorer yachts and futuristic features.

“We tried to create a platform for clients to spend high-quality time with their families. The result is a family-oriented yacht which is 70 metres and features all the design trends. We know people like to be able to explore from the yacht so we have a touch and go helicopter pad on the bow, lots of glass and lots of connection between the outside and inside.”

Key exterior features include large windows, a low profile and “understated” bulwarks, with the superyacht offering far-reaching ocean views and connecting interior and exterior areas.

The 564 sqm of interior space is completely customisable according to the tastes and wishes of the owner and includes accommodation for 12 guests across a full-beam master cabin, VIP cabin and eight additional cabins that can be arranged as either doubles or twins.

Positioned forward of the main deck, the master cabin is described as “an oasis of personal privacy and pleasure” with fine fabrics and laminated surfaces to create “an air of transparency”. The bedroom features walk-in his and hers walk-in wardrobes, a lounge and private balcony and leads into the upper deck, which features a sky lounge and outdoor dining facilities.

Forward of the upper deck has been earmarked as a touch-and-go helideck, however this could be developed into an additional seating area if the owner desires.

The sun deck above is divided into three different zones. The forward area is equipped with a Jacuzzi and set up for sunbathing while the central area is dedicated to a dining area for 12 guests sheltered by sliding transparent windbreaker panels. A bar area sits aft. Additionally, an elevator can transport guests around the yacht while a full-height food lift covers all decks.

Back on the main deck, the aft area moves “seamlessly” into the main saloon, which is divided into a lounge and dining area with full-height windows and far-reaching ocean views. There is also the option to include fold-out balconies here, extending the lounge over the water.

One particular standout feature – the beach club – is found aft of the lower deck. The design includes foldout side wings that extend the beach club by an estimated 80%. The area also includes a 3.3 metre swimming pool and plentiful seating. The beach club is closely connected to the main deck aft with gently sloping stairs – an intentional design feature that will allow parents to keep a close eye on their playing children on the beach club below.

Speaking about the beach club concept, Verkuyl said: “Lots of beach clubs are being developed inside the yachts but also we’re seeing the beach clubs opening up more and more. It’s an elegant space connecting you with the water around you - a place you would like to spend high-quality time with your family.”

Project 2024 includes accommodation for a total of 18 crew members, including a dedicated captain’s cabin and eight additional cabins on the lower deck.