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Savannah's semi-submerged viewing lounge

Feadship superyacht Savannah features a world-first — a semi-submerged viewing lounge. CEO Henk De Vries, who recently told Boat International that the Nemo lounge is the first semi-submerged window in a superyacht’s accommodation space.

“With the central powertrain, there is room at either side [of the hull] where shafts might have been,” he explained. “This led to the idea of a floor below the waterline, a room at the side half submerged because the fun is in seeing both above and into the water at the same time.”

Savannah’s Nemo lounge could have gone anywhere in front of the propellers, but its location links it to the pool deck and to the swim platform, where a complex hatch in the aft stairs provides secondary access. Guests relaxing in this area are treated to unique views and can enjoy the sunset at the same time as watching fish swimming beneath the surface.

Feadship has been researching glass as a structural material for years and inviting build classification societies to witness its developments. “This gives them the confidence that we are building a safe solution,” Feadship’s marketing manager Francis Vermeer added. “The challenging part was to get a good, clear view and to fit the glass nicely in the hull.”

While from inside the glass looks like a single slim pane, it is, in fact, a “belt and braces” approach of several laminated panes about two inches thick in total. For safety reasons, there are actually two windows: an outer window flush with the hull and a second one flanged to the interior of the room, each of which passed the class society destruction-testing requirements.

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