Superyacht of the Week: Feadship superyacht Kiss

What started out as a visionary owner’s dream to create the ultimate family-friendly superyacht, evolved into the masterpiece we know today as Kiss. This brand new 46 metre not only serves to please her guests of all ages, but also inspires a relaxed and truly natural lifestyle on board, with eco-friendly features to suggest that doing so will be without a care in the world.

As with Feadship’s former Dubois-designed 46 metre Como (now Lady May), the partnership between designers and shipyard proved to be a vital ingredient in the success of the project. The owner decided on the Dutch yard after considering a few other yacht builders from other nations and in the Netherlands, but soon came to realise that Feadship’s experience in the building of Como will be of great value to his project, and above all, finished to the highest standards.

What might seem like a close resemblance to Lady May, Kiss is very much a unique yacht with individual features that sets her apart from her sister. To adhere to the owner’s request for a family-friendly yacht that can be used for different occasions and by different groups of guests, Ed Dubois drew Kiss to offer the best possible usage of external deck spaces that would encourage an indoor outdoor lifestyle on board. Children and active guests would easily be able to move around the yacht while remaining guests can enjoy the tranquility of her interior spaces without feeling separated.

Kiss portrays a powerful image through her towering superstructure and bulky and imposing hull lines, topped of with a crowned mast that supports her central exhaust system. Large cut-outs in the forward bulwarks have been replaced with singular pieces of glass allowing natural light into the VIP cabin inside, and forms part of the yacht’s distinctive exterior features.

The sundeck offers a perfect spot to escape Kiss’ larger exterior areas, with a private Jacuzzi and intimate dining area ideal for quiet days at anchor. The mast structure above is used to support an awning leading forward and aft, providing mush needed shade to the sun pads on either side of the Jacuzzi and dining area aft.

The owner’s deck below is another example of Kiss’ flexible usage, providing a private deck for the owning family members to enjoy their time on board, without disturbing the remaining guests.

As with the owner’s deck above, main deck aft aft too offers a sleek retractable awning that can easily be deployed by crew to allow for large family gatherings during lunchtime around the 10 seating table, or to provide shade to the sun bathing area placed aft.

Renowned UK-based design studio Redman Whiteley Dixon were selected to develop an interior that would fit in with the family-friendly environment on board, while creating an elegant atmosphere that is as functional as it is pleasing to observe. Handcrafted materials and textiles were used to add depth to the area, expertly complimented by the softening effect of strategically placed LED lighting used throughout the interior.

Main salon has been fitted with large sliding glass doors that, when opened, creates a wonderful airy space where guests can easily move between the comfort of the salon and main deck aft outside.

Guest cabins have been decorated in a fresh and homely feel, where guests can get comfortable knowing that natural materials have been sourced to echo the eco-friendly nature of Kiss. The owner’s cabin is presented with spectacular views through its private forward-facing windows. The cabin consists of a study area, large his and hers bathroom, and a private staircase that leads down to the main lobby below.

Five other guest cabins are available on board, with two twins and two double cabins on lower deck, and a spacious VIP cabin forward on main deck. A twin special staff cabin is located forward on the lower deck, and can be converted into a guest cabin should the need arise.

Feadship wanted to create not only an aesthetically pleasing vessel with Kiss, but at the same time push the boundaries in the design of a vibration-free and noiseless platform. Guest areas are exceptionally quite, and the comfort provided by the stable and solid feel when at anchor or underway is a one of Kiss’ notable features to be experienced first-hand.

It is very rare indeed that a custom built yacht such as Kiss becomes available for purchase so soon after her launch. The yacht presents the opportunity of owning a brand new, quality crafted and meticulously designed yacht without the need of having to factor in lengthy production times. The teamwork involved in the creation of Kiss is visible in every build aspect on board, and guests will appreciative of the excellent cruising possibilities she has to offer.

By Charl van Rooy



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