Feadship Savannah: Hybrid Superyacht Fit for Royalty


The first hybrid superyacht, Feadship’s 83.5 m/274 ft Savannah delivers a 30 percent fuel economy advantage through an innovative eco-friendly propulsion system. The stunning build also raises the bar on aesthetics, with an elegant superstructure completely wrapped in a perfect sheen of silvery seafoam metallic paint.


Nominated by Showboats for 2016 Design Awards in Naval Architecture, Exterior, Interior, and Holistic Design categories, Savannah appears gifted across the board. Through an innovative support system, Savannah’s exterior design effortlessly lifts the decks, appearing to float them on a span of glass that wraps each level. The elegance sets her immediately apart as a distinctive yacht. She holds many additional surprises.


The lower deck offers a stunning lounge with large viewing windows that capture mesmerizing underwater views. Overhead, similarly pleasing water views through the glass bottom of a 30-foot pool overhead on the main deck add light and beauty. The space converts to a cinema, with posh seating and large screen.


Interiors, graced with the talent and experience of Christina Gherardi Bernardeau’s hand at Parisian firm CG Design, are simple, uncluttered, and luxurious. Furnishings are simple and sophisticated, exuding an elegance that is a perfect measure of detail and space.

Savannah’s vertical bow and four decks welcome 12 guests in 6 cabins, served by up to 26 crew. An opulent master stateroom opens to a saloon and aft deck. An exceptional VIP suite boasts a private, moveable deck. Stylish stonework, curved wall surfaces, an open layout, and beautiful wood combine with oversize windows and dozens of sliding glass doors to create a fresh feel in touch with the ocean environment.


The sun deck puts a Jacuzzi forward on an ample deck flanked port and starboard with sun pads. Aft of the Jacuzzi area, dining and cocktail space around a U-shaped, aft facing sofa provide a stunning view. A chaise lounge sun area is positioned fully aft.


Curved glass sliding doors open the main deck saloon to the pool and sun pads, seamlessly joining the spaces. Similar curved glass doors grace the upper deck saloon, showing off a modern dining space adjoining a large sun and seating area aft. Fully aft, a series of steps to port and starboard lead from the pool and seating area to the beach club, with a full beam step and platform reaching down to the sea. Subtle combinations of silver, sand, bronze, and gentle neutrals, with hints of blue-green echoing the seafoam exterior, provide soothing environments throughout the yacht.


The propulsion system is driven by an electro-mechanical diesel arrangement that proves superior in quiet performance and fuel efficiency. Employing a single Wärtsilä diesel engine, three Caterpillar generators work to charge a million watts of lithium ion batteries driving twin screws, assisted by an in-line azimuth stern thruster. An oversize diesel propeller gives a 40 percent size advantage over more traditional systems. While these elements have been built into previous yachts, Savannah’s design uses them in new ways to optimize performance.


This hybrid design enables extremely quiet operation at low speeds, for enjoyable cruising in pristine environments with silent operation. Running flat out at 16 knots, the hybrid system reduces stress on the engine and mechanical systems, contributing to a quieter setting while underway.

Assisting in the production of this 2015 build, Feadship and CG Design found an important resource in owner’s representative Ted McCumber, relying on knowledge gained during 25 years as captain for Dennis Washington. McCumber and Washington worked together to achieve exceptional results while overseeing refit of  Attessa IV. His experience and insight proved invaluable in taking Savannah from concept to award-winning superyacht.

The Feadship brand is proud of its innovative designs as well as its heritage. An acronym for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders, Feadship’s history reaches back to 1849. Recently granted royal status by the Dutch queen, there is no doubt that Savannah is suitable as a regal residence at sea.

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