Length Overall (m/ft): 60.96m (200ft)
Beam: 10.9m (35.76ft)
Draught Max: 3.3m (10.83ft)
Draught Min: 0m (0ft)
Gross Tonnage: 1036 Tonnes
Hull #: 792
Country of Build: Netherlands
Date of Completion: 2006
Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure Material: Aluminium
Naval Architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior Design: De Voogt Naval Architects
Interior Design: LarvorJanet Leroy
Class: Lloyds Register
Number of engines: 2
Manufacturer/ Type: Caterpillar Inc - 3516B DITA
Total HP: 4000
Total KW: 2982
Max Speed: 16kn
Cruise Speed: 13kn
Range: 5000 nautical miles
Fuel Capacity: 125700 (L) - 33206 (G)
Water Capacity: 29600 (L) - 7819 (G)
April Fool – Perfect in Every Aspect
The latest Feadship launched by Royal van Lent is the 60.96-meter (200’) April Fool, delivered to owners who required the finest luxury motoryacht that money could buy. Dedicated to private entertainment, the onboard logistics synthesize all Feadship’s know-how and experience. Highlights include a four-deck elevator and a custom-developed electric awning on the sun deck. In addition to a superb full-beam owner’s suite, April Fool has four spacious staterooms and fine quarters for up to eighteen crew.
Every launch at a Feadship yard is a festive occasion. Most owners use the opportunity to throw a lunch time party for the hundreds of people who have contributed to their yacht; the personnel in turn relish the chance to show their family the fruits of several years of dedication. The proud owners of April Fool were pleased to keep up the tradition. And naturally, the date chosen was April 1.
Designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, April Fool is a twin screw motoryacht with a steel hull, aluminum superstructure and a top speed of 16 knots. The owners made an intentional decision to opt for Feadship quality, recognizing that this was the only way to ensure their yacht not only looked good but would be technically perfect in every aspect.
“From the first familiarization visit to the Netherlands to the launch, the owners were hugely impressed with the whole operation at Feadship and loved the family atmosphere at the Royal Van Lent yard. The level of service provided and the respect shown to owners during the build is exceptional, and I know my clients have made long-lasting friendships,” says the owner’s representative, Jacqueline Lyne.
“Feadship was also the logical choice when discerning people require the finest systems. This obviously applies to major elements such as the main engines, generators, air conditioning and the exterior paint. But smaller items that owners only notice when something goes wrong are also very important. Take a simple example such as the air intakes – if these are in the wrong place the aromas will quickly remind you that there are different quality standards at different yards.”
April Fool’s owners wanted to be able to enjoy themselves without any hassle. With Feadship most details - big and small - are considered and solved in the design and engineering phase. For April Fool, for example, mock-ups were made of a guest cabin and the various options for the sun deck shading. It is great for owners to be able to take for granted that their yacht will be faultless.”
Form and function
The need for perfection holds especially true on vessels that push the boundaries of the technically possible. A case in point on April Fool is the elevator that rises from the lower deck to the sun deck. In addition to the obvious complexity of fitting such machinery on a yacht, the location of an elevator also places huge restrictions on the installation of piping, AC systems, wiring and communications. And then there is the visual impact of having an elevator house on the sun deck and overall exterior profile. Feadship created an integrated solution that also addressed the owners’ concerns about excessive sun exposure.
An innovative electrical awning was designed for the forward of the boat and a groundbreaking canopy for the aft. This has given the elevator house a distinctive place in the vessel’s silhouette. Once again, Feadship has succeeded in turning a challenge into a characteristic. Moreover, the extra interior space generated on the sun deck gave the owners the space they required for a gym and exercise area.
This marriage of form and function is manifest in many other ways on April Fool. Incorporating the vast majority of electric and piping in the ceilings, and installing a central ducted air system, removed the need for cabinets under the sills and allowed for much larger vertical windows in the lounges. This lower profile in turn contributes to a lighter and brighter interior, while also increasing the awareness of those onboard to changes in the outside environment. And then there is the fact that the glass is reinforced, laminated and chemically treated to such a degree that storm shutters are no longer required at sea. In addition to aesthetic considerations, this solution is great news for crewmembers who no longer have to climb out to fit the shutters.
While April Fool is primarily intended for entertaining family and very close friends, the facilities are also in place to suitably welcome occasional VIP guests. “Wishing to spend more time on board and cruise more extensively, the owners chose for the reliability that is assured with Feadship,” Jacqueline explains. “There are accommodations available for up to eighteen crewmembers, and the galley and service areas are hugely professional. The ‘flow’ of people around the yacht is also optimized in the logistics and layout, ensuring maximum service with minimum intrusion.”
Practical examples of the service-minded approach include the huge storage and laundry areas on the tank deck, an expansive dining room for a 60-meter yacht, the professional galley and the extra pantries. All these facilities are linked in such a way that crew can quickly and efficiently serve guests while being virtually unnoticeable. “Outdoor dining is a crucial feature on April Fool, and the aft and sun deck logistics reflect that,” Jacqueline concludes. “The owners believe that if you are serving family and friends, you should serve them well. Who can argue with that?”
April Fool‘s timeless exterior profile is based on the classic lines of Feadship, with elements that make it distinctive from all other yachts in the fleet. Classic features include the long bow, the dodgers and the sloping treatment of the black tinted wheelhouse windows. While the rhythmic layout of the other windows is traditional, the squarer shaping of those positioned amidships adds a more modern flavor.
A stand out feature is the curved shape in the arch running from aft to forward like a wave. This makes April Fool very elegant and will ensure she is recognized from afar decades from now.
The origins of this quintessential design attribute can be traced to the central staircase and elevator. While it is possible to have two separate staircases running from lower to main and main to upper deck, the requirement of an elevator means that the staircase should also go in one vertical line.
Combining a central staircase with a central engine room added to the interior design challenge on April Fool as the stairs had to run aft of the engine room and end up even further forward in the guest lobby. Moreover, having the elevator alighting on the sun deck requires a house there. Designing a boat from the inside out in this way to culminate in the highest point of a yacht has clear implications for the golden ratio. In simple terms, this key design rule says that around one third of the boat is aft and two thirds forward. Fine recent examples of the Feadship golden ratio include Blue Moon, High Chaparral, Rasselas, Cakewalk and Rahal. On April Fool the elevator house is relatively far aft.
In response, the designers created a forward-moving structure to balance the whole profile, sleekly integrating the electric sun awning and providing excellent shade in the process.
Fulfilling the owner’s desire for a canopy aft of the vessel, a removable carbon fiber solution was also designed. The holistic synergy between elevator house, forward awning and aft canopy is unique and highly distinctive. And once again there is no compromise on the much-vaunted Feadship balance.
Other prominent features of the exterior are the tender bays, especially to port where the owner’s favorite 30-foot San Juan SJ70 called Fooled Again is docked. The stainless steel telescopic foremast, required at night for navigational lighting, descends electronically into the yacht during the day. This solution sounds simple but actually requires a great deal of technological know how and planning. As does the remarkable lazarette door, which swivels out above head height to reveal a shower and light fixtures. Ultimately it all comes down to detail…
April Fool’s eclectic oak and cherry interior was finished by Janet Leroy based on a concept by Larvor of France. While the family boat concept may not be revolutionary, this is the way many people enjoy cruising today. The atmosphere on board April Fool is relaxed and peaceful. By mixing the classic with the contemporary, each area has been given its own individual taste.
The highly original staircase is a fine example of this approach. Deep azure blue glass paneling runs from deck to deck, intriguingly etched with an exquisite ocean cross-section. Consequently, when guests leave their staterooms they see the sand of the ocean floor and as they take the stairs, fish in various shapes and sizes swim by until they come up for air on the bridge deck.
In addition to the impressive etching, the oceanic effect and the size of the glass is magnified by lighting behind the glass. Woven oak blocks offer a quiet contrast in smooth square patterns. By merging glass and wood together, Feadship has created a staircase that is both modern and traditional.
Most of April Fool’s interior is executed in oak, with the exception of the master bedroom (cherry wood) and the crew quarters (ash wood). The overall scheme of the fabrics is light and fresh, while the ceilings, walls and carpeted floors are crisp and clean. Larger windows play an intricate role in complementing this ambience as well as offering superlative views over the water.
The main deck
The immediate impression one gets on entering the main lounge is how much larger it is than the actual volume would suggest. The virtually full-length windows and double doors leading out to the aft deck generate a very open feel. The color scheme of white with beige tints and touches of light blue sets the tone for much of the yacht.
To port is a four-seat settee facing a television cabinet. In the centre resides a designer coffee table with a rounded wooden foot with metal frame and glass tabletop. The starboard side of the lounge has a circular card table aft and two fauteuils in light suede leather with matching hassocks forward. Two book cabinets stand against the wall flanking the hallway to the dining room.
The dining area contains a round table that seats between ten and fourteen people. Made of ash wood, the table has four removable table leafs which are stored in a cabinet in the lobby. All four corners of the dining room have china in cabinets, hidden behind doors made of woven oak wood.
The connected pantry and galley offer everything the owners’ personal chef could require to create home from home or haute cuisine. The chef certainly knows how to meet the owners’ gastronomic desires as he travels with them wherever they go.
The owners are so committed to providing the best in cuisine that they even gave up precious real estate just aft of their stateroom for an extra giant freezer compartment. Not that the suite is in anyway compact as a result, however. The entrance is on the starboard side via a TV/library area with two fauteuils and matching footstools: this is a lovely spot for private reading or relaxation.
The master bedroom is the only space on April Fool to be in cherry wood rather than oak. Blue and white striped fabrics adorn the walls and blinds, with an Aigue Marine bedspread and headboard offering a green contrast. To starboard is a modern cherry desk, accompanied by a comfortable desk chair. The hisand- her dressing rooms are magnificent: Leather floors highlight the masculine in ‘his’, while white paint and light carpets in ‘hers’ enhances both the exceptional volume and the feminine feel.
The bathroom is also a large space, occupying the full beam. A pleasantly understated atmosphere prevails with Vert Artic marble used throughout. Primary features include a large oval bath, a sauna and a shower with a built-in bench. Gold-plated fixtures and hardware add a note of luxury.
The lower deck
Going down a level, we enter a white washed oak environment in the form of a voluminous guest lobby. The door furthest forward leads to the guest day room, which includes a TV, computer and entertainment facilities for the owners’ grandchildren, plus a bed settee should there be additional guests onboard.
The four guest staterooms lead in matching pairs off the corridor. Although there was space for more cabins, the owners chose for larger suites as they rarely entertain more than four couples. As a result each suite is a true VIP stateroom in terms of its size, facilities and comfort, but with a different color scheme and name.
The ‘red’ aft port room is called Formenterra and uses grey Bardiglio Imperiale marble in the bathroom. It has twin beds, as does the aft starboard room, which is colored yellow and named St Tropez. The marble here is Pacific Blue. Both twin rooms can be converted into double bedrooms.
The two forward suites are slightly larger, with an extra desk and closet. Starboard is the pink room - Porterfino – with Rose Aurore marble in the bathroom. The final guest suite is called Capri and has a yellow and blue theme with White Onyx marble.
The two forward bathrooms have an extra surprise in the form of Hollywood-style mirrors framed on either side by vertical rows of light bulbs. These are designed to ensure that the person shaving has a straight mirror and is not required to use the angled mirror to the right. This is yet another example of the owners’ enormous attention to detail when it comes to pampering their guests. At the push of a button, the mirror descends behind the sink to offer views through the porthole.
The engine room is pure Feadship, synthesizing the group’s unprecedented understanding of 21st century propulsion. It houses two Caterpillar 3516B-DITA diesels, each with an output of 1492 kW at 1600 rpm. Twin Wärtsilä propellers generate a maximum speed of 16 knots and, in combination with a fuel capacity of 33,210 US gallons, offer April Fool a 5,000 NM range at 13 knots. There are two separate rooms for the three Caterpillar C-9 generators and the switchboards.
The forward part of the lower deck is where April Fool’s crew reside. Made of ash wood, there is an engineer’s cabin, a first officer’s cabin and six twin crew cabins. A splendid mess room provides the personnel with a wealth of facilities and a proper place to socialize and relax.
The bridge deck
An outside-in experience awaits in the sky lounge thanks to the giant windows. These are so low that a total panoramic view of the surroundings is available when seated on the L shaped settee or chairs. Should guests prefer to watch life pass by on a big screen, a plasma TV nestles behind a sliding panel against the forward wall.
The starboard section of this lounge has a games table and a delightful bar. A charming detail of the latter is the re-applied azure blue glass (an echo of the stairs), in which are engraved the owners’ favorite tipples. The glass sliding doors to the teak aft deck are nearly always open when this room is being used; a large oval dining table seats twelve should the sundowner turn into a full-blown al fresco party.
Moving forward along the corridor forward is the elegant captain’s cabin and a ship’s office described by the first mate as “a fantastic place to work.” The same can no doubt be said of the wheelhouse, which contains a bridge that is integrated both in terms of its systems and the way it merges within the overall look.
Bringing all the equipment together in one console has been de rigeur for several years already but ongoing breakthroughs in technology create new possibilities in design. April Fool is a yacht of the new generation of Feadships that dispense with the console altogether and use five independent screens. This results in a much more open look, with the entire perspective being significantly enhanced by the spaces between the screens.
A very large wheelhouse in its own right, there is a separate chart table looking in the same direction as the boat’s course. A giant leather couch seating at least six allows guests a prime view of the proceedings – making this very much the place to be as the yacht comes into a harbor. The special dark brown lacquer – which makes the wood feel like felt – adds class.
The sun deck
Whether arriving via the elevator or the outside stairs, the curvaceous feature extending forward of the elevator house will immediately catch the eye. This is the first time an awning has been an integral part of a Feadship design, reflecting the increasing amount of time guests spend outside. And April Fool ensures that time will be well spent, whether in the sun or under the shade.
The forward section comprises a teak bar topped with granite, a pop-up television, various seating and sunbathing options, and a Jacuzzi complete with windscreen. The aft area contains a custom-designed extendible dining table that can entertain up to twelve people in comfort (a similar table is on the bridge deck aft). A huge barbecue is housed in a locker on a high-low platform so that it can be tucked away when not in use.
The carbon fiber awning here is easy to set up and indirect lights on top of the poles light up the entire canopy at night. In fact, the owners so like the lines of this solution that they usually ask for the frame to be left in place - another complement to the Feadship designers. A crane for the MOB boat is integrated in the aluminum superstructure.
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April Fool - Perfect in Every Aspect