This is Bliss: The 70-meter Feadship Superyacht Joy

Joy is an emotion with many definitions, nearly all of which would embrace Feadship’s 70-meter/229’8” 2016 launch as the epitome of exhilaration and happiness. It isn’t the usual path for neophyte yachtsmen to commission a new yacht build, but for this particular owner and this collection of craftsmen, the decision to begin with a blank sheet on the drafting table resulted in an innovative yacht with distinctive lines that provided a unique on board experience simply not available in current superyacht inventories. The logical choice, then, was to create a new, custom yacht designed by skilled visionaries and built by expert craftsmen.

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Beautiful, versatile, and delightful in every way, Feadship’s Motor Yacht Joy leaves onlookers breathless, from the initial exterior review  to a tour of the smart interior. Tasked for the first time ever to design a superyacht, the London firm of Bannenberg & Rowell worked in flowing lines that reflected harmonious interaction with the sea. The sleek, progressive profile taught the industry a new design language in concave surfaces and breathtaking spaces that ebb and flow with the passenger list, finding cozy niches that welcome intimate conversation, yet  able to effortlessly open up broad expanses to accommodate a crowd.

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Joy welcomes 12 guests in her VIP stateroom, 5 double cabins, and 1 twin, served by 17 crew. In tasking Studio Indigo with another first, the owner found an harmonious balance of contemporary and classic styling, holistically imprinting the experience at sea with a sense of calm and beauty. Wide walkways and large glass doors aft on the main, owner’s, and bridge decks maintain excellent views and connection to the surrounding sea.

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Loaded with features deserving of superyacht status, Joy charms guests with a Jacuzzi, BBQ, beach club/disco, on board masseuse, and a blissful selection of water toys. Choose your euphoria from the inflatable slide, inflatable kayaks, snorkel, dive, and fishing gear, water skis and wakeboard, all assisted by an 8.5 meter Nouvrania chase boat, a 6.2 meter Pascoe rescue boat, and two 3-meter Williams jet tenders. She also has a gym on the bridge deck, a games deck, and a winter garden for guests to enjoy.

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Rich interplay of natural colors, natural and manmade textures, and beautiful lighting create inspiring areas on board that respect space and invite happiness, effortlessly dispensing with the cares of the day as guests envelop themselves in this seafaring retreat. Employing the concept of leitmotif to enhance over 250 different finishes and materials, the effect is ethereal. A glass elevator is central to everything, connecting all decks. Wrapped with a spiral stair built with cantilevered timbers,  sculptured artwork and mirrors adorn the walls.

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Powered by twin MTU 16V4000 engines boasting 1380kW@1800 rpm, Joy easily navigates 4,500 nautical miles at 12 kits, upping the pace to 16 knots when required. Joy is also equipped with twin Quantum stabilizers and 3 Scania generators. The owner, expressing his satisfaction with the yacht, commented to his children in front of a large gathering of friends and family at the launch from Feadship’s Kaag yard, “I hope that you will return here one day to build a 170-meter Feadship, and I look forward to being a part of the ceremony on that day!”

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