Published: Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Dutch Shipyard Feadship has launched the 44.2-metre (145-foot) Moon Sand at De Vries Scheepsbouw in Makkum. After the completion of a number of new builds in partnership with exterior designers over the past year, Moon Sand is a striking reminder of the design expertise Feadship has in-house. From the bridge deck wing stations to the main deck lifting pool, the elements synthesise design with owner desires, marrying practicality with a passion for perfection.

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“Over the past months we have completed an exceptional number of Feadships, ranging in size from 44 to over 100 metres,” says Feadship Sales Director Bas Nederpelt. “We have also had the pleasure to work with some marvelous exterior designers, such as Ed Dubois, Tim Heywood and Andrew Winch. Moon Sand is a testimony to the design excellence we at Feadship can offer clients ourselves.”

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The owners of Moon Sand are highly experienced and the detailed design brief for their Feadship can be summarised into three key elements: light, space and freedom of choice for recreation. Large windows and the absence of mullions in the bridge deck lounge, main lounge, dining area, lobby and forward master stateroom, demonstrate these elements. All of these spaces offer incredible views.

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The aft bulwark is kept as low as possible – one of many design features that also have a practical purpose. Another example is the way the signature wing stations on either side of Moon Sand add character to the overall exterior profile. In design terms they form a “step” in the bulwarks before running smoothly forward to blend into the lines of the yacht. In addition to being fully functional for manoeuvring Moon Sand, the wing stations add to her volume both literally and visually.

The sun deck is also very spacious, designed as a pleasant area to enjoy breakfast while having the option to change into an entertaining zone. Matters of space are also the motivation behind the tender being located on the sun deck rather than housed in its own garage, as has become de rigueur on the majority of superyachts. The crane can be moved into a longitudinal position once the tender has been launched.

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The owner can switch on the contraflow system to use the swimming pool to its full effect. Lower the main deck floor only halfway and there is a shallow pool for the kids or a nice place for adults to dip their feet. Raise the floor back to its flush position on the main deck and one has the traditional range of al fresco lounging and dining options.

The master suite features a study and a large stateroom with two bathrooms and two walk-in dressing rooms. Six guests can be accommodated in three guest suites and there is freedom of choice here too as two of those suites can be converted into a single stateroom with a separate seating area, complementing the large full beam VIP stateroom forward.