Superyacht of the Week: Feadship's latest F45 Helix
By Jochem Kaan
Dutch shipyard Royal Van Lent very recently launched their fifth F45, the stunning and sophisticated Helix. Just shy of 45 metres LOA, this Feadship was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects and Sinot Yacht Design and shows an extraordinarily high level of finish combined with the finest technologies. This is obviously what we have come to expect from any addition to the Feadship fleet. With such an enticing pedigree, curiosity is obviously sparked as to find out what Helix is all about.
Helix made her public debut at this years Monaco Yacht Show, showing off many of her unique features, one of which is a lay-out that places all cabins on the main deck, assuring gorgeous views for all guests on board from the large windows that make up a recognizable element in her hull design. Her exterior is based upon clean lines, sportive and contemporary yet sleek and highly elegant. Helix is not about being flashy or in-your-face, but all the more about visually pleasing the superyacht connoisseur; she stands out by being her confident self.
By setting a challenge like redesigning the commonly known layout structure, one inevitably makes a decision to try and set new standards or at least show a different perspective. In Helix' case, with all guest cabins located on the main deck, the first logical result is that guests will not be using the lower deck at all. This solves the problem of separating crew and guest areas rather quickly, with the main deck pantry giving access to the lower deck. With a total of five staterooms plus a convertible private office, Helix facilitates a company of up to twelve guests. Including the owner's cabin, three doubles and three twins can be found onboard.
A second notably intelligent aspect of the vessel's design, has to do with the classification of Helix as being under 500 gross tonnage. This is the result of the upper deck saloon being designed in such a manner that this entire area is classified as outside space, mainly because of glass doors on three sides being able to fully open.
As for her interior design, Helix sports a more warm and intimate look that nicely compliments her exterior design. Also without any excess in abundance but rather with exceptionally high levels of finish and attention to detail, her interior sports an atmosphere that is cozy, warm, contemporary and clean. What instantly comes to mind when boarding this superyacht, is that there are seemingly no fixed furnishings on her outside deck areas.
The main and upper aft decks for instance, both show loose furniture that greatly increase the multi-purpose usage of these areas and increases a pleasant sense of luxurious homeliness.
The interiors are based on a palette of white and off-whites, combined with warm dark brown tints. Overall, the atmosphere onboard has a pleasantly gentle feel to it, a sense of nurturing in a sophisticatedly calm style. Aside from the balanced colour palette and a variety of high quality materials (that have notably been applied in an elegant and delicate manner), luxurious amounts of natural light are a main ingredient for Helix.
Exemplary for this is the full beam Owner's stateroom, located on the fore main deck, that had light flowing in through the side windows and a massive skylight covering considerable parts of the (lusciously high) bed- and bathroom ceilings. All this gives the Owner's quarters a feeling of refined grandness.
Because of the aforementioned main deck location of all guest cabins, ample amounts of daylight are basic ingredients for each of these rooms, perfectly framing the warm and intimate design that can be found, in various degrees, in all areas onboard. The upper deck offers a private office area that, if needed, can be transformed into and extra guest cabin with en suite bathroom.
The upper deck saloon can be opened up and, blending in with the aft deck, transformed into one big, luxurious guest area that is both refreshingly open and surprisingly private and intimate.
With a spacious sundeck offering sun and shade, large sunbeds and comfortable sun loungers, Jazucci and bar, all framed with panorama views yet pleasantly private, Helix offers it all, in style.
For more information on the wonderful superyacht Helix, which is currently for sale, please contact Feadship, or Burgess, who are acting as the central agent for the sale of Helix.