Photo: FeadshipThe first yacht to be delivered by the Dutch builder in 2019, motor yacht Najiba was a collaboration between several parties. While Feadship was responsible for her engineering and construction, Philippe Briand and the naval architects and designers from Vitruvius Yachts were chosen by her owners early on in the project to oversee her designs.
Whether it’s her noteworthy design, her airy interior, or her characteristic look of a ‘whitewashed villa on the beach,’ there is plenty to be excited about regarding motor yacht Najiba’s delivery. In particular, a certain aspect of this vessel is grabbing people’s attention: her eco-conscious nature, a quality that is becoming increasingly vital to the industry.
Photo: FeadshipAfter her launch in January, Najiba’s sea trials the following month confirmed that her average fuel consumption could reach as low as 11.4 litres per nautical mile at a cruising speed of 12 knots, which is between 20 percent and 25 percent less than other motor yachts of her size. Her top speed of 17 knots and her range of over 6,000 nautical miles also exceeded expectations.
The technical director of the Aalsmeer-based Feadship yard Roderick de Vries commented “it was really a ‘wow’ moment for everyone involved to see this level of efficiency achieved during the sea trials. It is one thing to design such an efficient full-displacement motor yacht but another to translate these lines and shapes into a stunning Feadship that is even faster and more fuel-efficient than we projected.”
Photo: FeadshipA true Feadship at heart, motor yacht Najiba features qualities that set her apart from past projects. “Najiba has a different hull shape from any previous Feadships, showing curvature in all degrees,” commented Annemarie Steenbergen, who led the naval architect team at Feadship De Voogt. “Feadship already has its own efficient engineering and naval architecture procedures, and the Najiba project proved that these can also be adapted to different designs from different sources.”
The efficiency of Najiba’s aluminium hull was a reoccurring theme throughout the construction process, as it reduces displacement and results in a lighter vessel. De Vries commented on the process of deciding on the aluminium hull: “we had to strike exactly the right balance between Philippe’s desire to minimise all sources of resistance and the Feadship values of ensuring total comfort for clients, ease of maintenance for crew and the smartest construction. It was a fascinating challenge at times but we have managed to combine the best of both worlds and Najiba is a true Feadship.”