After withstanding a rather harsh trip from the United States, ten months of intensive refitting and a series of successful sea trials, Feadship superyacht Odyssey is as good as new. What basically started out as a project of extending the hull and all superstructure decks, soon developed into a much larger undertaking, including the owners’ team, designers from UK-based Redman Whiteley Dixon, De Voogt Naval Architects and the refit team of De Vries Makkum, transforming the vessel into an even more exceptional superyacht.
Originally launched in 1989 as White Rabbit, and since then known respectively known as Lady Columbo, Ladina and Bullish, the vessels’ current name truly reflects the journey she has been through. One of the most significant alterations that have been made, is an impressive thee metres extension of the hull, resulting in a brand new hydraulic swim platform and a luxuriously sized aft deck. These, and many other added comforts like a redesigned lazarette and upgraded sun deck, where specifically designed to greatly enhance onboard comforts and turn Odyssey into the ultimate leisure vessel, to say the least.
As Feadships rarely drop below their original purchase price, the owners’ decision to acquire this superyacht was a well thought out one. Looking for a pre-owned superyacht with possibilities to refit to ones’ own requirements, this was a solid and very sensible choice. And after interior reconstruction, engine room modernisation and an exterior re-finish the end result is nothing short of outstanding.
Upon boarding Odyssey, an invitingly spacious, U-shaped sofa arrangement pleasantly lures guests into spending some time relaxing, enjoying panorama views comfortably. Aft deck amenities are perfectly complimented by a large dining table that easily seats a company of eleven, including the owner, and the additional fully equipped luxurious bar area.
Inside, a stylishly contemporary yet subtly classic décor offers a pleasant surrounding for time spent in the main saloon area. Lacquered woods combined with white and rustic dark purple leathers are the main ingredients for lush, perfectly sized furniture that stand out because of their tasteful simplicity. Elegant, well balanced lighting nicely frame this skilfully designed and executed interior design.
Forward of the main saloon, a partly separate dining area has been realised. Both intimate and grand, this inside dining room undoubtedly assures ample pleasant dinners in equally tasteful surroundings.
Through a corridor that passes the sizeable, fully equipped stainless steel galley, the owners’ quarters can be found. First arriving in a separate office area, the owners’ cabin offers sublime privacy in the vessels’ signature ambiance of contemporary warmth. Aside from the bathroom, where light natural stone has the elegant upper hand, wood is the main material for these quarters, giving the rooms a friendly cosiness that is slightly formal at the same time, without being too dark and with ample natural light. A beautifully minimalistic and elegant en suite bathroom with large shower area completes the owners quarters splendidly.
Below deck, an array of four guest cabins can be found, all with en suite bathrooms which have been completely rebuilt as part of Odysseys’ recent refit. Beds are configured into three doubles and two singles, plus one additional pullman. All cabins are designed in a refined contemporary style, classically stylish with the greatest eye for detail. A palette of soft colours and luxurious materials, not abundant in details but ever so eloquently tasteful, are the main ingredients all cabins’ designs.
The bridge deck lounge offers a new interior, with more colourful and informal atmosphere, and a grand, inviting sofa as comfortable centre piece. Outside, the aft upper deck offers privacy and comfort, with seats aplenty for guests to enjoy good company and magnificent views. This area also houses the yachts’ tender and newly fitted crane equipment.
The newly refitted, more elaborate sun deck offers a sun-drenched Jacuzzi and comfortable sunbeds with equally impressive panorama views. Combined with the aft sofa lounging area, Odysseys’ sun deck is an experience that cannot be missed, especially since the refit project supplied this area with an extra metre in length.
With an extensive refit like this one, which notably not only improved the vessels’ quality and onboard comforts but also improved her seakeeping capabilities and stability, one wonders what the name Odyssey might most likely mean; is it the impressive history of this wonderful vessel or, which seems to be the more likely option, is it a glimpse into the future of this superyacht, now fitted with every conceivable luxury imaginable for a superyacht of this size, having numerous of glorious journeys in the offing? From a piggyback ride on top of a yacht transporter across the Atlantic, through an extensive refit, one thing is certain; a wonderful odyssey is about to commence.
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