Superyacht Lady Christine

All Feadships are instantly recognizable for their distinctive looks and unbeatable quality. Nonetheless, the exterior aesthetic of the newly launched 68.00m Lady Christine is dramatically different even by Feadship’s standards. Built by Royal Van Lent to a design by De Voogt Naval Architects, Lady Christine also features a remarkable debut superyacht interior from British designer Rodney Black.

All these attributes are a testimony to the commitment and involvement of the yacht’s owners, Lord and Lady Laidlaw, who have poured decades of boatbuilding experience into this magnificent vessel. “I can honestly say that I would never ever build another boat again without going back to Feadship,” says Lord Laidlaw after his first week sailing onboard Lady Christine, confirming that his wife (after whom the yacht is named) feels very much the same. “We set exceptionally high standards for our houses, boats and cars yet, in every way possible, Feadship have exceeded our expectations on this project.”

Irvine and Christine Laidlaw certainly have sufficient benchmarks to make such a statement. The couple have built a succession of multi-million-pound sail yachts called Highland Fling, which have given Lord Laidlaw many international racing triumphs and cemented his position as a world-class sailor. They have also built two major motoryachts with Heesen (38 metres) and Oceanco (50 metres) so have a clear reference point when it comes to Dutch quality. The owner’s decision to build a new Feadship was influenced by the exceptional comfort levels they experienced onboard the previously owned 40.00m Feadship Seaflower, which they cruised extensively in locations off the beaten track.

Leveraging on all their rich building and sailing experiences, the Laidlaws threw themselves into the design and construction of Lady Christine. “I think Feadship would confirm that we were among the most involved and detailed owners with whom they have partnered. We visited the yard on countless occasions and spent an enormous amount of time working with Rodney Black, the interior designer and Royal Van Lent on even the smallest details. I must have signed off hundreds of drawings.”

“Take the stairs that link the sun deck with the owner’s deck,” continues Lord Laidlaw. “Any other yard would havesimply brought these stairs straight down. Curving them in the way Feadship has done must have cost them a significant amount of extra time as the central spine also had to be formed into a curved shape along with the stairs and the banisters themselves. It is all beautifully done, and the initiative came entirely from the yard itself. Similarly, my original idea for the swimming pool on the main deck aft was that the water would flow over the top and spill down over the glass on the stern in an infinity pool concept”.

“The yard decided that this would not work as the water would swing from side to side with even the slightest movement of the yacht. Moreover, swimming pool water is apparently not every good for a yacht exterior. Feadship therefore devised a completely different system whereby the pool water washes into a drain, while the infinity pool effect is created by jet spray nozzles evenly distributed across the stern. Again this ingenious solution must have cost more but we were not charged a penny extra: Feadship simply did what they knew would be best to meet our briefing. This is what I mean by exceeding expectations.”

Lady Christine has an elaborate interior, with extraordinary levels of fine detailing and finish throughout. With the exception of the guest suites and the original design for the cinema, which were designed by Jean Guy Vergès, the entire interior comes from the boards of Rodney Black Design Studios. Renowned for creating sumptuous architecture, landscape and interiors onshore, Lady Christine is the company’s first superyacht project.

Source: Superyacht Times