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SUPERYACHT #497
September 2003

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Fabio Petrone


FEADSHIP "WEDGE TOO"

Philippe Starck, one of the most fashionable designer and architect of the moment for his originality and creativity. Famous for having been artistic director at Pierre Cardin for having designed the furniture of the Elysee palace - residence of the president of the French republic - and for designing numerous premises in Paris, New York and Tokyo, who was awarded many times prizes in the sector of industrial design for his work which has become a symbol of elegance, has also signed this "Wedge Too", his first "test" in the world of superyachts.

Of the boat, built with steel hull and superstructure in aluminium at the Dutch shipyard of De Vries, which due to its 65 metres of length is the largest Feadship ever made, Starck is responsible for both the exterior and interior - the naval architecture is in the hands of De Vogt studio - offering shapes, which are often essential but enriched by architectural details and decor, sometimes spectacular, making it interesting, and in some ways innovative, interpreting fully the creative keynote of the French designer.

 

TECHNICAL FEATURES
Loa: 65,00 M
Width: 11,00 m
Draught: 3,35 m
Fuel tank: l 126,150
Water tank: l 26,400
Motorization: 2 x 2,000 HP CAT 3516B
Maximum speed: 16,5 knots
Cruising speed: 13 knots
Range at speed of 13 knots: 4,700 miles
Generators: 3 x 200 kW Caterpillar
Desalinators: HEM of 32,000 litres overall per day
Propellers: Van Voorden
Conditioning system: Heinen & Hopman
Classification: ABS.

For information please contact: Feadship Holland B.V. - Zijlweg 148c - P.O. Box 5238 - 2000 GE Haarlem - The Netherlands - Tel +31 (0)23 5247000 - Fax +31 (0)23 5248639 - Web: www.feadship.nl - E-mail: info@feadship.nl

 

This is evident at a glance, observing the boat in its fullness, where the almost essential lines in the hull are completed by rounded decks and literally "studded" with glass surfaces, embellished by oil treated teak profiles, which follow on one from the other without any solution of continuity along the periplus of "Wedge Too". In addition to the purely aesthetic aspect, homage to the vessels of the 30's, this solution has clearly given an extraordinary light to all of the interior settings, guaranteeing a panoramic view of sure delight, especially from the three upper decks. The interiors are characterised overall by a very personal fitting out with areas where lighting is very well cared: lighting points never from the top but from low level, strategically positioned - the conspicuous use of prestigious woods -the used woods cover an area of approx. 700m2 - with a furniture based on maximum practicality, but in which we find a richness of detail and complement of furniture, typical of the more luxurious and "à la page" homes. Prestigious pieces, true and proper "gems" of antiques are not missing, but also prestigious marbles, finely worked crystals and sumptuous tapestries, which Starck, in a calibrated mix of old and new, has skilfully inserted a little everywhere, make the compartments homogenous if none other than for the taste and personality, in a succession of settings, more or less coloured and suffused but always perfectly enjoyable. Access to the hull is by the main deck, ahead of the large lounge, where, on the left, we find a comfortable stairway giving access to the upper deck, entirely reserved to the owner and his family. Starboard is a corridor that leads to the dining area, characterised by a suggestive door and large table, both polished, whose maximum capacity is for 16 fellow guests. Nevertheless, the room is able to accommodate another 24 people who can find room at other smaller tables, to the left and right. Stern side, as we have said, is the "main lounge", a room of sizeable dimensions, able to hold two gigantic L shaped sofas, deep enough to be able to hold also lying guests. There are a table with chairs in glass, sophisticated lamps inspired by the operas of Salvador Dali and even a "throne" with workmanship in silver. Always on this deck are three spacious VIP staterooms, fitted with en suite bathroom, in addition to a large and fitted out galley. As we have said, the second deck is entirely dedicated to the owner and his family. Here there is also a large lounge area, exquisitely furnished connected to the master suite by a long corridor, composed of a succession of atriums. The "owner's area" has two cabins for relations, three wardrobes, one technical room, which includes one of the three laundries on board, and the "master stateroom". This boasts an exceptional panoramic view, 180° of a view projected bow side, which can be enjoyed directly from the double bed. The furniture complements, in this case also, are of absolute value, with parts in gold and period furniture, but where there is a large colour plasma TV inside a Louis XVI writing desk. Higher up again is the "bridge deck", slightly more contained in size with respect to the lower decks, but still beautiful and largely panoramic. Here, in addition to the commander's quarters and the radio room, we find the control station of the boat, probably the most traditional setting on the "Wedge Too", located in a dominating position and fitted with the best accessories available on the market. The sun deck boasts a fitting out dedicated entirely to sunbathing and swimming, with a large pool and furnishings which are only sundeck and chairs that are extremely comfortable. Another four guest staterooms are located in the lowest deck, all characterised by a common style of architecture and furniture, offering an excellent level of privacy. On the lower deck is the engine room, big enough to easily accommodate the two Caterpillar 3516B, each of 2,000 HP, able to push the boat at a maximum speed of 16,5 knots with an estimated range of about 4,700 nautical miles. There is a lot of other space for stowage of material, and finally, the quarters for the over 20-man crew of this boat.