SuperYacht of the Week: Feadship's Trident, tried and tested excellence

Aesthetically and technically speaking, from the large graceful hull to the finest of fine details, everything about the 65.22-meter (214’) Trident is of exceptional quality.

Joining Feadship’s Charter Fleet, this unique signature yacht is also available for immediate purchase. “This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity for an individual to step into the maximum amount of comfort and own a brand-new, bespoke Feadship without the traditional two to three year building process,” says Francois van Well, President of Feadship America. “Trident was specifically designed for hosting and entertaining people to the very highest standards possible. With charter in mind, it was decided that Trident should accommodate all kinds of activities and groups. In other words, she adapts to the group rather than the group adapting to the boat.”

The partnership between De Voogt Naval Architects and Donald Starkey Designs pays off handsomely. Trident’s flared bow is classic De Voogt while contemporary touches such as the semi-circular extensions with glass bulwarks on the aft decks are pure Starkey.

A unique interior
After a distinguished relationship that has included Blue Moon (2000), Blue Moon (2005), Lady Marina, September Blue and Mylin IV. Donald Starkey and his team were given stylistic carte blanche to create their vision of the ultimate Feadship interior on Trident. “This is the ninth project on which I have been involved with Feadship, which is without doubt my favorite yacht builder to work with,” says Starkey. “We have an excellent rapport with all the people at Feadship: Their insistence on settling for nothing but the absolute best makes it a pleasure to work with such professionals. The craftsmen never try to cut corners and as designers we can rest assured that even the smallest and most complex details will be done exactly to our specifications”.

I wanted to create a slightly eclectic style that reflected the middle-of-the-road modern-ish style of the boat while at the same time having a wide appeal. We generated lots of variety with specific atmospheres and moods in different areas of the boat, and the occasional ‘wow’ factor. At the same time there is a harmony to the detailing, with features such as the corner panels and window mullions coming back in diverse areas. This gives Trident a clear overall identity and, as the details will not be used on any other boat, she will remain very much a customized one-off. This is more than just a matter of my aesthetic taste. Our goal was to ensure that the owners will have an interior that is uniquely theirs.”

The main deck
Trident has one of those rare marble-floored entrances that make people take a step back in admiration when they first enter the yacht. The drama is enhanced by the multiple visual delights offered by Trident’s fabulous central elevator, which allows guests to travel up through the entire yacht to the sun deck as if inside a block of marble.

The main entrance also sets the tone in terms of the look & feel of Trident. Dark stained amazakoue panels are in bright contrast with the walnut travertine wire brushed-walls of the lift shaft and the Breccia Parcaia floor. The sophisticated staircase wraps around the elevator and appears to be suspended from the wall so that it floats, an impression that is enhanced by the open treads and backlights on the walls of the stairwell.

Heading forward from the entrance, a long wooden-floored hallway with a day head (resplendent in Cherrywood marble) and cloakroom is interrupted by a rotunda. The rotunda’s marble-floor, mirrored ceiling and wall panel lights make this a very pleasant entry hall to the VIP stateroom, the private office and the master stateroom further ahead. A distinctive atmosphere is created in the entire owners’ area by Rio rosewood paneling with a subtle satin finish combined with sliding Japanese windows.

We first encounter this arrangement in the VIP suite to port, which is most likely to be used by family members, children or personal staff when the owner is onboard, or to give another couple the treat of the fabulous main deck views through the large windows.

While the bathrooms on Trident have a similar type of design, their decorative schemes create a distinctive ambience throughout via high gloss cabinets, a wide variety of marble tones, and glass-tiled floors. The VIP sets the standard in this respect: Giallo Travertine for the vanity top and backsplash; Absolute Nero for the vanity top front and Yellow Sahara for the walls and the floor borders. The glass mosaic floor combines Platino mat, Ambra Chiaro mat and Avorio mat. This bathroom has stainless steel bowls while the guest staterooms on the lower deck have sinks integrated into the marble.

On the starboard side opposite the VIP stateroom is the owner’s private office. This splendid room has two entrances - a glass paneled door towards the private lobby and a door to the public passageway with stained glass. A large cantilevered desk resides on the luscious allwool carpet, which is custom-made by TaiPing as in all other areas. The three large windows will give the owner’s guests spectacular ocean views while sitting in the comfortable antique easy chairs opposite the desk.

Furthest forward is the superlative master stateroom, with a clear definition between the ‘bedroom’ area to port and the lounge to starboard. Varying shades of beige predominate here among the fabrics and upholstery, offset by the dark woods of the door frames and bedside cabinets.

A large dressing room contains six double wardrobes, the doors of which are finished in flamed mahogany in a high gloss finish. Two separate bathrooms lead off from either side. ‘Hers’ has a bath and is decorated with Cherrywood and Rose Araura marble. A large shower with a central showerhead is the main feature of ‘His’ bathroom, the color scheme of which features Pink Coral and Absolute Nero.

Returning aft, the galley wraps itself around the back of the main entrance, and is equipped with the finest professional equipment including two MKN ovens, a steam oven and a huge central working surface made of a single piece of granite. An elevator large enough to accommodate a trolley descends down to the storage and refrigeration area of the tank deck, while another more traditional food lift services the sun deck when guests are dining above.

The careful consideration that has gone into service logistics is also seen with the pantry and serving area that connects the galley to the dining room. Here is a dark stained walnut dining table that can seat up to fourteen people, the same as can be served on the bridge deck aft and sun deck. This most formal of the three dining options is surrounded by walls of stained amazakoue with a pewter finish. Sliding doors made of rusty iron-pitted aluminum with a crackle-paint finish and a panel of translucent Avion separates the dining room from the main lounge.

The main lounge exudes calm relaxation, with the amazakoue wood on the walls being complemented by cabinets with Japanese Sen doors and amazakoue frames, plus a selective use of dark Absolute Nero granite. At night the leather-covered venetian blinds and backlit onyx panels above add further stature to this refined environment.

The bridge deck
Donald Starkey believes that Trident must be the first luxury yacht to feature a public space decorated in a stained pine interior in the color grey. This reflects a conviction that the use of precious wood finishes in the bridge deck lounge can tend to make people feel out of place when they come indoors in their shorts and bathing suit.

Starkey’s approach works exceptionally well: Once the large curved doors are opened up the entire aft deck area morphs into one comfortable inside outside zone.

The fact that the lounge is also full beam reinforces the impression of spaciousness, and the volume is used to good effect practically. A prominent bar of lacquered Sen with a light onyx top serves both the indoor circular seating area and games table, and the large outdoor dining table.

The lower deck
Situated amidships, the moment you enter the guest lobby it is clear this is again an area with an ambience all of its own. The guest staterooms themselves are similarly finished in whitewashed chestnut wood with a satin finish, offset by gloss-stained amazakoue and leather blinds.

A wide range of marbles offer considerable diversity of color, including Cleopatra Bianco, Colonist Dream, Golden Beach, Cleopatra Crema, Venus Tropical, Golden Persa and Golden Wood. Different fabric panels behind the televisions match the distinctive carpets.

As an added bonus to the guests, they need walk only back into the lobby to access Trident’s gymnasium, complete with exercise machines, a massage table, weight racks and a large flat screen TV. The high ceiling of this room makes it feel very comfortable when on the treadmill, and the dedicated additional air conditioning system ensures that people keep their cool during the hardest workouts.

Aft of this guest area is another world altogether, the engine room. Trident has twin 1,400kW MTU engines driving fixed pitch propellers. A retractable Azimuthing sternthruster unit is centrally installed, operating both as a sternthruster and an emergency propulsion system in combination with the three MTU generators. Forward of the guest area, the rest of Trident’s lower deck is set aside for the crew.

The sun deck

Accessible via the elevator is the magnificent sun deck, which is divided in several relaxation areas. Forward is a private Jacuzzi and sunbathing pad with shower and powder room. On the center of the sun deck, in the shade, is a fourteen-seater dining table. The crew can easily service the owner and his guests with the help of the dumbwaiter, which is directly connecting the sun deck to the galley. The enormous aft sun deck offers relaxation space for numerous sun loungers and also provides temporarily landing facility for a helicopter.

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