Feadship has launched the 46.40-metre (152’3”) Kiss. She touched water on Saturday 14 February in a ceremony that made the most of the Valentine’s Day spirit.
The story behind Kiss is linked in a number of ways to the 46.22m Feadship Como launched in 2014. The yacht received unprecedented number of awards and Feadship director Henk de Vries is convinced that Kiss will follow in her path.
“With yachts like Como and Kiss, we are effectively building a sporty type boat around our average size of over 15 years ago, but now with all the know-how and intelligence Feadship has developed,” De Vries explains. “This facilitates a clever approach to high-end production, one which remains entirely custom while keeping the costs of a Feadship of this size within the bounds of reason.”
An entirely bespoke superyacht
Half a year after signing the contract for Como, architect and designer Ed Dubois came to Feadship with another client. “Ed was highly appreciative of the way that the Feadship yards work with outside designers as well as the in-house naval architects at Feadship De Voogt,” comments De Vries. “Even though Como and Kiss have similar looks they are very different yachts. Most if not all yards would have taken a platform approach based on Como’s hull, offering the client a discount for the reduced amount of engineering. That’s not how Feadship does things.”
De Vries explains that the owner of Kiss required a more conventional speed of 16 knots (Como is 19), so she has a different power plant. And while Como is a sports boat with an open top deck, Kiss has a complete master penthouse on the upper deck. “This obviously added both volume and weight to the yacht, hence requiring a revised lines plan. Make no mistake, these are two different Feadships,” he says.
Where Kiss did benefit from the Como project was Feadship’s enhanced ability to standardise not the product but the process. Successfully incorporating the production methods and the majority of engineering phases used on Como made Kiss cost-effective in production while still resulting in an entirely bespoke superyacht.
Kiss is also the most complex object ever to have been metallically painted, featuring a metallic black hull with a red stripe on the waterline. This was another specific request by the client and required Feadship to develop special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns in order that all the metallic flakes would be in perfect order.
The interior of the boat is from the boards of Redman Whiteley Dixon. Mark Whiteley and Toby Ecuyer started together, Toby and Douglas Hynd completed the design work. “They did a fantastic job on Kiss,” adds De Vries. “It is never easy to take over an interior design project once underway and, on behalf of Feadship, I would like to say how impressed we are again with RWD’s work.”
The complete owner’s deck – an unusual feature for a yacht under 50 metres – makes the most of both the volume and interior space. An aluminium-plated sunroof opens up to add to the light interior vibe. Other features include sun deck with Jacuzzi and a transom swim platform with swim ladder and underwater platform.
Kiss also features superior accommodation for eight guests in four suites as well as four crew cabins, a staff room and a captain’s cabin positioned near the raised pilothouse.
The launch of Kiss follows on the unveiling of 101.50m Feadship and 83.50m Savannah.