Length: 215’/ 65m
Builder: Feadship / DeVries
Designer: Starck, Paris
Interior Designer: Starck, Paris
Naval Architect: DeVoogt Naval Architects
Stylist: Starck, Paris
Starck’s Choice: Legendary designer and, Feadship create a unique superyacht
The largest Feadship ever built has been delivered by the De Vries Shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. Wedge Too, a 65-meter (213’10") twin screw motoryacht, has a complete owners deck, three VIP guest cabins, four guest staterooms, and facilities for up to 20 staff. With the legendary Philippe Starck embarking on his first superyacht project, both the exterior styling and the interior design are spectacular departures from the norm.
One day a very elegant lady came to visit Starck to discuss the design of a superyacht. "I am an environmentalist and a left winger: yachts are among the most daftest capitalist toys imaginable," lamented Starck. And then, realizing this lady was going to build one anyway, he changed his mind. "I decided I might as well at least help her create something different; a yacht that is not a mountain of gold. So I designed something that was timeless and elegant…"
A promise is a promise
These words echo Starck’s pledge to the owners of Wedge Too and Feadship back at the start of the project in Fall 1999. "I design for you a classic simple style; it will be wood, with white marble and white ceilings. That’s it, simple." And then a mischievous smile came across his face. "And then we go crazy on the details and the furniture."
He was true to his word … gnomes and thrones, wheelbarrow chairs and luminous stairs, foam-filled eggs and lights with crooked legs… Wedge Too is a boat packed with the most intricate surprises. An incredible range of custom-built tables, chairs, cabinets, desks, lamps, mirrors, chandeliers: the core interior is a backdrop to a host of exquisite and bizarre features, all of which can be changed at any time to keep the boat fresh and alive.
To bring all this about required exceptional cooperation between the long-established craftsman of De Vries and the eclectic tastes and ideas of a man bent on pure design. Complementing each other in so many ways, their collaboration has resulted in something truly unique.
"He might be a superstar designer but it was delightful working with Starck," says Henk de Vries III of the De Vries Shipyard."Of course there were certain things that absolutely had to be done his way. Yet once we’d figured out what ‘his way’ was, everything went very smoothly. It is actually not that complicated – it’s all about removing clutter and creating a clean look."
Simple and effective
In fact, it is the simplicity of the design philosophy that makes it so brilliant – and yet so difficult to conjure up in the first place. On Wedge Too, this bare bones approach (and the consequences this has for a yacht) is perhaps best illustrated by the owners deck.’
A long and straight passageway connects the lounge with the stateroom on this deck, and a design of this simplicity is very unforgiving should any deviation occur. For example, the flat panels have a groove in the middle that runs the entire length of the passage. This groove cannot be off center by even a tenth of a millimeter or this inconsistency will be immediately apparent to even the casual observer.
A similar rule applies to the finish of the Anigre woodwork itself. A typical Feadship finish, successfully applied on many projects, would be satin gloss filled grain. As well as ensuring that one no longer sees the texture of the wood, this is also the most efficient way of achieving a uniform finish.
"When Starck said he wanted a ‘hand-finished’ finish, we thought he was crazy," remembers Henk de Vries. "He added that he didn’t care how we did it but the effect had to be as if someone had just been casually working with a brush to stroke lacquer on the panels. Initially, the crew made a smooth finish and then went over it with a brush – but we found this excessive even for a boat of this stature!"
The eventual solution is not in the public domain. However, when finished, Starck’s vision was proven true to form. A passageway of this length, with only indirect lighting, would have been very difficult to achieve in completely smooth fashion. Now, thanks to all the textures, it is fascinating both visually and to the touch. In the process, Feadship’s craftsman have demonstrated once again their ability to meet the most unusual demands.
Starck himself gave an excellent summary of the relationship he had established with the builders when speaking at Wedge Too’s launch party. "This boat is a real love story. To produce a baby you have to be in love. I am in love with this yard and with its skilful workers and together we have created a beautiful baby."
Builder: Feadship – De Vries Shipyard
Type: Twin screw motoryacht, steel hull and alu superstructure
Length overall: 65,00 m 213’3"
Beam moulded: 11,00 m 36’1"
Beam extreme 11,30 m 37’1"
Draft (loaded): 3.35 m 11′
Fuel capacity: 126.1501 33.325 US Gall
Fresh water capacity: 26.400 1 6.974 US Gall
Water makers: 2 x HEM 4200, 2 x 16000 I/day
Design: Philippe Starck
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Main engines: 2x Caterpillar 3516B series Marine diesel, 2.000 HP at 1.600 rpm
Propellers: Van Voorden
Propeller shaft: Akerboom
Reduction gears: Reintjes Waf 742
Max. speed: 16 knots
Range (@13 knots): Transatlantic, 4,700 NM
Air conditioning: Heinen & Hopman
Supplied by Van Berge Henegouwen:
2 large flatscreens in each lounge
Surround sound in main lounge and family lounge.
Surround sound in owners state room with large flatscreen integrated in a desk.
Bathrooms in guest and owners area equipped with a flatscreen.
2 Satellite TV systems equiped with a total of 18 decoders.
Communication & navigation equipment: Yacht Electronique Service (YES)
Generators: 3 x Caterpillar 3406B diesel, 200 kW each – 50 Hz
Shore connection: 3ph 400V 200KVA transformer
Owner: Large owner’s stateroom with private deck, his and her’s bathroom and walk-in wardrobes, 2nd stateroom and large family lounge.
6 cabins for 16 crew members
3 cabins for 3 staff members
1 captain’s cabin
3 VIP rooms on main deck
4 guest staterooms on lower deck
Large banquet hall and main lounge
1 x Special craft
1 x Nautica tender
– Very modern Feadship
– 8 person whirlpool at top deck
– Beautiful exterior with nice roundings and teak on superstructures
– Very spacious areas, loose furniture throughout – highly innovative design style
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Project Name: Yacht type: Motor Yacht
Based concept: Sub type:
Call sign: SYT#: Y00126
Flag: Port of Registry:
Length Overall (m): 65.00 Length Overall (ft): 213.25
Length On Deck (m): Length On Deck (ft):
Length Waterline (m): 56.62 Length Waterline (ft): 185.76
Beam (m): 11.30 Beam (ft): 37.07
Draught Max (m): 3.35 Draught Max (ft): 10.99
Draught Min (m): Draught Min (ft):
Shipyard: Feadship Year: 2002
Hull: 664 Status: Completed
Port: Aalsmeer Country: Netherlands
Comment: Built by De Vries Scheepsbouw B.V.
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior Designer: Philippe Starck
Interior Designer: Philippe Starck
Hull Material: Steel Superstructure: Aluminium
Gross Tonnage: 1300 Displacement:
Class Comments: MCA: No
Guests: 12 Max Charter Guests:
Crew Cabins: Crew: 18
Total HP: Total KW:
Engines: 2 x 2120 HP Caterpillar 3516B-DITA
Max Speed: 16 Cruise Speed: 15
Range: 4,700 Propulsion: Twin Screw
Fuel Capacity (Liters): 126,150 Fuel Capacity (Gallons): 33,329
Water Capacity (Liters): 26,400 Water Capacity (Gallons): 6,975
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