THERE ARE YACHTS AND THERE ARE FEADSHIPS
Based in the Netherlands and with roots dating back to 1849, Feadship is recognised as the world leader in the field of pure custom superyachts. Each Feadship is defined by its superb craftsmanship and sets the standard in every aspect of design, engineering and construction. These bespoke motoryachts are created in partnership with owners who are prepared to invest in a wonderful building experience and reap the rewards for many years to come in terms of both pleasure and re-sale value. Feadship also operates dedicated charter and refit services exclusively for Feadships.
FIRST EXPORT ASSOCIATION OF DUTCH SHIPBUILDERS
Feadship is short for the First Export Association of Dutch SHIPbuilders. The group was founded in 1949 after World War II had left Holland's previously successful yachtbuilding market in ruins. With little money available in Europe for ordering pleasure boats, the main players in Dutch yachting looked further afield. Six yards and De Voogt Naval Architects agreed to pitch their high quality products on the American market under the Feadship name. Today there are three parties in Feadship: Two of the original yards – Van Lent (1849) and De Vries (1906) – and De Voogt Naval Architects (1913). Both yards have been granted royal status by the Dutch queen in recent years. Each member of Feadship has a distinctive history and its own in-house disciplines and craftsmen.
THE FEADSHIP PROMISE
No-one knows a Feadship better than the yards and designers that created her. From one-off technical advice and ongoing maintenance support to the installation of technical equipment, it makes good sense to turn to the experts. Feadships have always been built to last, and today there are over 425 Feadships in the global fleet. Like any other premium product, the world's finest custom superyachts must be looked after to the highest standards if they are to stay in peak condition and retain their value. Feadship's Yacht Services division is dedicated to the care, maintenance and technical support of the Feadship fleet. No matter the age of a Feadship, we have the answer.
SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT
Even though Feadship yachts rarely have any warranty issues, a highly specialized team will resolve any challenge involving the performance of a yacht and upgrade of operations.
Long-term continuity of employment at Feadship means that many of the people who originally built a Feadship are still in place and remember her well. Dedicated teams offer comprehensive back up to captains, engineers, owners and managers of Feadships. Everything from spare parts delivery to technical service visits and product updates is handled with optimal efficiency.
Feadship can trace its roots back to 1849, when the Akerboom family bought a small shipyard off the coast of the Netherlands to build and repair boats. They joined with the Van Lent family in 1927, and then in 1949 they founded Feadship  together with the De Vries, another family-based shipyard, to form Feadship. Feadship has three shipyards in Aalsmeer, Makkum and Kaag and one design and engineering center, De Voogt Naval Architects. After World War II the market for the previously successful industry was left in ruins. Even after four years of peace, there remained little money or inclination in Europe for ordering pleasure yachts. Encouraged by the Dutch government's export incentives, Feadship (First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders), was founded by naval architect Henri de Voogt in 1949 as an export association with the intention of selling to American clients. Several shipyards were members in the beginning:
• Scheepswerf De Vlijt/Gebr. de Vries, Aalsmeer
• Jacht & Scheepswerf Van Lent, Kaag
• Naval architects H.W. de Voogt joined in 1950
• Scheepswerf E.G. van de Stadt, Zaandam, left Feadship in 1953
• Scheepswerven Nicolaas Witsen & Vis, Alkmaar, left Feadship in 1957
• Scheepswerf Het Fort/G. de Vries Lentsch, Nieuwendam, left Feadship in 1958
• Jachtwerf W.P.M. Akerboom, Lisse, left Feadship in 1968
Feadship was officially launched at the 1951 New York Boat Show of 1951, which show cased the use of steel, a yacht technology unused then in North America for yachts. With orders now flowing for both steel and aluminum, by the mid-1950s Feadship stopped building yachts in wood. This started a series of mergers, leading to just three yards within the agreement by 1966. The 1960s as a whole witnessed steady growth - both in the organization's reputation and the size of the vessels it built. 85–90 ft, 100–110 ft, 120 ft with fully raised wheelhouses, trans- Atlantic capabilities; various milestones in construction history were reached and surpassed. By the early 1970s however, Feadship's popularity had greatly increased, with several yachts being launched each year (see list below).
As the American economy boomed, Henry Ford and Malcolm Forbes were but two of a host of
famous folk to take advantage of Feadship's custom-built yachts.
In 1977, a separate entity was established in the US in place of the customary representative
agent. Don Kenniston was Feadship America's first general manager, a position he held until
2008. The Americas office is now managed by Timothy Hamilton.
LVMH acquired Royal Van Lent in 2008.
The Feadship Factory
Feadship owners and their Captains and Crew start their journey with a visit to the Feadship factory of origin and in some cases visiting many time to become an essential part of the Build Process for their own personal Feadship. Some owners have said that being part of that build process was as much fun as using the yacht itself. But make no mistake, your involvement in the creation of your Feadship is one of the most important aspects of the process and every conceivable detail is considered in making this the perfect yacht for you, your family and its application.