“Never has it been more important for all in this industry to be working together with transparency and shared goals than it is today.” The words of YPI’s Eric Althaus during the first YPI ‘Brokers’ Meeting’ held on Tuesday 29 June in the prestigious surrounds of the Monaco Yacht Club.
A specially invited group of around twenty brokers and industry representatives gathered for a privileged insight into the workings of one of the most celebrated and successful Dutch shipyards in the world today, Feadship De Vries Scheepsbouw.
Feadship’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Bas Nederpelt, shared his thoughts on the industry, the latest developments with Feadship, their on-going promise to clients and of course the pioneering new SL39 series.
“We have built over 200 yachts at Feadship,” explains Bas Nederpelt. “And whilst the crisis has made everyone look very closely at how they work and what they do, we have a very full order book, a number of projects now about to go into construction - many with returning clients - and a very strong product range going forward. We are very lucky and blessed in being able to say that building a yacht with Feadship is as solid an investment today as it has always been, if not more so. Our yachts remain a statement of quality, precision, innovation and solidity.”
As well as understanding more about what makes a Feadship different to other yachts, attendees had the opportunity of boarding one of the latest SL39 series – superyacht GO.
“Fresh out of the yard, GO is the third hull in the series so far,” explains YPI’s Eric Althaus. “Built by Feadship De Vries and with an interior design by award-winning FPA Architects, she is one of the most exciting motor yacht launches this year. She has cutting edge design and styling, her interior is bright and spacious, and like all Feadships she is made for maximum comfort at sea. A world cruiser, she is very performant - ideal for those looking for a yacht that is fresh, new and innovative.”
Reviewing the results of the morning, YPI Group CEO Bertrand Vogèle, was pleased with the feedback. “The aim of our session was to bring brokers and Feadship together in one room, along with designers and project managers, so everyone could really understand how to get the best from each other. We had some great exchanges dealing with some of the real issues to be considered when buying and building a yacht today and Bas was very open about how his yard works. I think everyone benefited from our ‘getting-to-knowyou’session – and of course, if we benefit from more shared information and expertise then ultimately our clients benefit too. That’s the real goal.”