Length Overall (m/ft): 55.5m (182.09ft)
Beam: 10m (32.81ft)
Draught Max: 3.15m (10.33ft)
Draught Min: 0m (0ft)
Gross Tonnage: 782 Tonnes
Hull #: 669
Country of Build: Netherlands
Date of Completion: 2005
Hull Configuration: Displacement
Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure Material: Aluminium
Naval Architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior Design: RWD
Interior Design: RWDTodhunter Earle
Class: Lloyds Register
Number of engines: 2
Manufacturer/ Type: Caterpillar Inc - 3512B DITA
Total HP: 3040
Total KW: 2266
Max Speed: 15.5kn
Cruise Speed: 12.5kn
Range: 4800 nautical miles
Fuel Capacity: 98880 (L) - 26121 (G)
Water Capacity: 24160 (L) - 6382 (G)
The 55.50-meter (182’ 1”) Twizzle, an elegant synthesis of classic Feadship features and modern shapes. Twizzle’s owners were enormously involved in the project at all stages, with a distinctive ‘home-by-the-sea’ interior and an exceptional amount of high-tech solutions being two of the more visible results. Although Twizzle is intended primarily as a family boat, her design and layout also ensures that chartering options are well catered for. Twizzle offers high class comfort for ten, plus excellent accommodation for 14 crew.
Designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, Twizzle is a twin screw motoryacht with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Her owners, a husband-and-wife team from Europe with an impressive track record in the boating world, approached Feadship with a brief to create a yacht unlike any other. After the contract was signed, both clients committed themselves fully to achieving this goal. Reflecting their individual interests and expertise, one was responsible for the highly sophisticated technologies found throughout the yacht, while the other took care of many exterior and interior design features.
All Feadships have highly advanced technologies deployed across every system parameter. For Twizzle, state-of-the-art was just a base point, and the yacht probably has more technical systems than a navy frigate. The link with aesthetics is continuous – equipment is concealed unless visibility is essential to its functioning. All functions are operated via touch panels and the degree of integration is phenomenal.
Walk into the wheelhouse, for example, and all one sees are seven touch screens, two electronic chart tables, and a main console for the primary steering and autopilot functions. Alarm and monitoring systems are also amalgamated in an installation that includes the very latest trending systems. The elaborate equipment roster includes Voice over Internet Protocol, so that all the voice and data communication onboard runs through a single set of cables.
On many occasions, the owners, their project team, De Vries and De Voogt worked tirelessly to ensure the right balance between appearance and functionality. Take the huge fold-in plasma screen at the forward end of the bridge deck lounge. An ingenious pushbutton-operated mechanism slides a Mirò painting away into a tiny gap to reveal the plasma screen, which is surrounded by striking woodwork. While similar solutions on lesser boats look fine when closed, the TV screen tends to be intrusive when revealed. On Twizzle the room looks fantastic in both situations.
Two other examples emphasize the point. The retractable mast on the foredeck with pushbutton hydraulic operation couples a lovely design and stainless steel features with a wealth of high-tech wizardry. Aesthetic considerations meant that all interior air-conditioning systems had to be tucked away out of sight, which had major implications for the engineering spaces behind the panels.
Interior design and decoration
For the interior, the owners chose a triumvirate of creatives to work in partnership with Feadship. The design brief went to Redman Whitely Dixon, while decoration was in the hands of the London-based Todhunter Earle Group, a leading light in the interior design of residences and hotels. The third key player was Sally Storey, who was responsible for the impressively subtle lighting arrangements.
Conventionally, an interior is designed from a joinery standpoint first. This style serves as the foundation to which fabrics, fittings and the final detailing elements are added. For Twizzle this process was reversed. Her interior was first imagined from a decorative perspective - the final look - and the team then worked backwards to meet this brief. The owners had a crystal-clear idea of the look they wanted to achieve, so a specific lamp fitting, for example, could be found to create that exact effect.
The resulting interior typifies the 21st century Feadship philosophy - modern but not uncomfortably so. Opting for a type of style common at fashionable addresses in London, but as yet unusual on yachts, the owners created a resolutely contemporary, yet warm and rich interior. A plethora of materials and details were accumulated during construction, including quaint lamps from Parisian antiquaries and fashionable American design objects.
All hardware, such as the nickel-plated locks and cabinet handles, was custom-made for Twizzle. Foregoing ostentatious features, Twizzle’s moldings, panels and fabric patterns nonetheless constantly reveal sophisticated details . This was one of the major achievements of Feadship’s craftsmen, as even the slightest imperfection would have marred the whole.
In joinery terms, the majority of Twizzle’s interior is finished in rich walnut, with the grain of adjacent panels often given a different orientation to subtly enhance the variety of surfaces. De Vries developed a tailor-made testing program to analyze the effect of different varnishes on the walnut paneling, and the appearance of the wood after protracted exposure to sunlight, until the perfect combination was found. Other major elements of the interior are teak, cream fabrics and precious marbles such as Crema marfil, Perlino bianco, Swedish mahogany, Mandale fossil and Golden cream. The proportion of walnut to these surfaces has been carefully weighed, resulting in a timeless amalgam that resembles a stylish beach house more than a luxury boat.
Seen from the outside, Twizzle is the elegant scion of a revolutionary line of boats. Starting with Aurora, which redefined how a classical Feadship should look, and continuing with Rasselas, one of the first yachts to have tenders recessed behind the wheelhouse, this family also includes such illustrious boats as Iroquois and Barbara Jean, as well as a number of more modern style derivatives, the most important of which is Kisses.
Twizzle’s blend of classic and modern is acutely apparent in her superstructure. It is traditional in its low profile, and the modest interior volume allows a full walk-around deck and numerous outdoor seating areas on all decks both fore and aft. At the same time, the profile has a contemporary feel – the sheer line may be continuous, but it is also very straight, creating a highly modern impression. Having the sides of the superstructure painted in royal blue further emphasizes the overall sleekness of the boat.
Located amidships to starboard, Twizzle‘s primary entrance leads to the main lobby. Here the ebony-lined day head is almost formal in its elegance. From the lobby, doors open onto the owners’ area forward, the galley amidships port, and the dining room and main lounge abaft.
Twizzle’s main lounge is an ingenious multi-purpose space. Its far aft end serves as a foyer for the entertainment area on the aft deck, with two monumental cabinets on either side of the entrance. The grandness of the cabinets, which feature large bronze handles and are lacquered in a rich eggplant color and lined out with sycamore, reinforces the transitional effect.
The second function of the main lounge is to provide a vestibule space for the starboard stairwell descending to the guest area. Finally, the actual saloon area itself is at the forward end of the main lounge. Although the three functions are beautifully combined in a single space, each area retains a distinctive flavor.
The color scheme of the saloon was originally inspired by a large bowl of sea urchin shells, which now resides on the coffee table. The prevailing color scheme is based on apple-green and dark eggplant hues, with the addition of large cream sofas and hand-made silk rugs with a faintly hieroglyphic effect. Soft black-leather button-stools complete the seating area around the coffee table, which is made of waxy tropical wood. The walls are covered with pale linen, while the ceiling, as elsewhere on the boat, is white-painted walnut.
The main lounge is connected to the dining room by a wide hallway that passes the main staircase. The two spaces flow into each other subtly, creating the feeling, familiar from the main lounge itself, of different rooms within a single space. The designers worked hard to ensure that the dining room would have a subtle atmosphere of tucked-away privacy without being closed off, and have succeeded admirably. The massive ebony dining table seats ten on soft pale leather chairs. A painting with a discreet hieroglyphic effect takes up the forward bulkhead, forming a fine contrast with the dark table.
The dining room is not directly connected to the galley, which is just forward, so as to maintain the cozy sheltered feeling in the former. In another example of functional thinking, the galley is designed to exude a homely feel, while retaining the capacity to prepare food for up to 18 people.
As its stylish appearance and walnut joinery testifies, the galley is by no means a crew area alone. An integral part of the main deck, this is a pleasant space for the owners and their guests to interact with the chef, enjoy a culinary demonstration or cook themselves. The galley is avant-garde also in the sense that it is ideal for bold experimental cuisine. Primary surfaces are covered in rare Swedish mahogany marble, while most of the commercial-grade equipment is steel. The voluminous refrigerators function with a remote compressor, rendering them noiseless.
The owners’ suite is reached from the main lobby through the study, which features a large desk, sofa, cabinets and book cases. The owners’ bedroom itself is especially elegant, as typified by the coffee-colored silk on the wall and satin-lined paisley throw on the king-sized bed. There are beige leather cabinets with crystal ice-cube lamps beside the bed, a cream silk sofa, two dark aquamarine silk chairs and an American walnut dresser with a silver lamp on it, all adding up to a feeling of understated luxury. The large cabinet opposite the bed has mother-of-pearl inlay and conceals the television set. A number of gorgeous mirrors reinforce the sensual and calm atmosphere in the room.
The owners’ bathroom, possibly the most impressive space on Twizzle (and certainly the most complex to create), is entirely made of Crema marfil marble. The shower drain consists of a subtle groove around the edge of the floor, while the shower is mitered: It is only half-embedded in the wall, with the protruding part enclosed in glass. All the marble panels are set in frames of pre-plated nickel, in a feat of engineering that allowed not the smallest margin of error. The result is perfectly harmonious and low key, but with a distinct feeling of elegant opulence.
The aft peak of the main deck contains an entertainment area with a large teak table that can accommodate 11 people, as well as a separate, sheltered seating arrangement. This space includes custom-made refrigerators, including one for wine. The swimming platform is just aft. The forepeak also features a small, private seating area with separate audio system that is sheltered from the sun by an overhang. This is an ideal private spot to enjoy the view in seclusion.
The lower deck
Descending the stairway in the main lounge, one reaches the lower deck lobby. This area is embellished by a unique polychromatic lighting arrangement, set behind glass decorated with sinuous special effects. Twizzle’s guest accommodations are characterized by different hand-printed turquoise, royal blue, apple green and yellow textiles on the walls, each coupled with a distinctive pattern.
A summer holiday atmosphere reigns in these suites, which include lovely leather desks and bespoke walnut furniture, as well as very elegant bathrooms of wood and New marfil marble. Each cabin has a pushbutton-operated flatscreen TV, which doubles as a mirror when unused. Not commercially available at the time, this feature was developed especially for Twizzle by Feadship.
The lazarette in the aft peak has a very clean layout. It is emblematic of the overall level of attention to detail on Twizzle that the walls are completely clad with wood paneling even here and in the small teak day head. The equipment in the lazarette includes a highly efficient diving compressor, as well as a sliding davit, two kayaks and two Laser sailboats.
The engine room forward of the guest area contains three generators within sound enclosures. It is split-level, with all the main equipment easily accessible. The sound-protected control room is the power base of the boat, containing numerous racks with equipment, the main switchboards, and a desk for the engineers, all interlinked. The powerful Caterpillar 3512B-DITA engines offer a maximum speed of approximately 15.5 knots, while Twizzle’s range at 12 knots is around 4,500 nautical miles.
The crew area takes up the forward part of the lower deck. Executed in light oak, it provides the utmost comfort in every respect, with six cabins accommodating 14 crewmembers.
The bridge deck
Twizzle’s bridge deck is accessed from the main deck via the central staircase, which is an impressive and complex piece in its own right. Although its surfaces initially look flat, closer inspection reveals that they are actually slightly curved, creating a highly discreet but seriously stylish effect. Apart from an elegant stainless-steel railing, the entire stairwell is made from walnut.
The main bridge deck passage, which runs the length of the boat, is also completely clad in walnut paneling, with the atmospheric lighting in this area generating a distinctive effect. The two custom-made Castoldi 21’ tenders are kept on the deck on either side on the main hallway, while a pantry and day head with slatted teak walls open directly onto the passage amidships.
The entire aft half of the bridge deck is taken up by a dual entertainment area. A more informal, beach house atmosphere here is underlined by the fact that the entire space is finished in teak, as opposed to the walnut found elsewhere on the boat. This is also a much lighter area, as the teak paneling is only lightly oiled and left to age in a natural way. The overall detailing is very crisp and neat.
From the bridge deck passageway, one first enters the bridge deck saloon. This space is designed for relaxed lunching and lounging, as reflected by the chunky, comfortable seating furniture in fresh blue and white linen. Two separate seating areas with heaps of cushions center on a thick, friendly coffee table. The lounge also features a funky steel desk with a glass top, ideal for no-stress working.
Further aft is an equally impressive outdoor deck area, which represents a coherent extension of the lounge. Partially covered, this open space features huge pieces of comfortable furniture with blue covers, a solid table, and a home cinema with a drop-down concealed screen. A lighting system is cleverly incorporated within the bimini structure, which is of a type more commonly seen on sailing boats.
The minimalist wheelhouse takes up the foremost portion of Twizzle’s bridge deck. The ceiling and upholstery here consist of navy-blue stitched leather, while the wall paneling is walnut. All non-essential details, dials and controls are concealed in cabinets aft of the bridge or under beautiful leather cupboards, and the entire space is designed to ensure that the seven touch-operated control screens are the natural center of attention. The streamlined layout reserves pride of place for technology, naturally growing out of the two large chart-table areas and central steering consol.
In keeping with the rest of the boat, Twizzle’s wide sundeck shows rigorous attention to detail. For instance, the whirlpool is 95 cm deep; simply setting it on the deck would have marred the profile. The solution was to embed the entire structure into the deck, leaving exactly the right height above deck level. Obviously, this required further ingenuity with regards to the superstructure, especially in terms of draining the tub. The whirlpool is coated with teak and has a sectioned composite cover, which doubles as a serving table at parties.
Completely symmetrical around the centerline, the sundeck is characterized by the same type of multifunctional segmented layout as the main lounge. Moving forward, the semicircular seating area around the whirlpool gives way to a small dining space with two tables, followed by wide sunpads. Furthest forward on the centerline, there are two touch screens identical to those in the wheelhouse, flanked on either side by a row of comfortable seats facing forward. Here as in so many other spots, the view is nothing short of breathtaking.
What’s in a name?
Twizzle was the first TV show by Gerry Anderson (of Thunderbirds fame), featuring a boy puppet who could make his arms and legs become long by “twizzling” them. When the owners’ daughter was a baby she had long arms and legs, and so gained the nickname “Twizzle”. All the owners’ boats have since been named after her.
Photo credit: Merijn de Waard / SuperYachtPhoto.com
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