Feadship's 87m superyacht Lonian unveiled

Written by Laura Nicholls

Having spent just over a year enjoying the privacy onboard his 87-metre Feadship, the owner of Lonian has showcased a selection of up close and personal images of the superyacht in all her glory. Wanting to be close to the water, preferably at anchor and away from marinas, the owner appointed Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design to incorporate 22 openings into the exterior design to fulfil his brief. Spending time in secluded locations requires a plethora of tenders and toys, including an AW169 helicopter and a 66-metre support vessel with a crew of up to 20.Lonian yacht anchoredPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht anchored sternPhoto: Clint JenkinsOn the water, Lonian’s masculine exterior profile retains elegance, notably with her dark blue hull - a challenging and unforgiving choice of hue created especially by Feadship’s paint team. Her striking bow is defined by the signature V-cut feature on both port and starboard side - a platform for the wealth of glass featured in the wide body section and the full-beam main deck. The main deck is devoid of sidewalks and so crew and service traffic is diverted to the lower deck. Lonian yacht cruisingPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht cruisingPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht helicopter landing padPhoto: Clint JenkinsHaving synchronised practical requests with smart aesthetics, Feadship’s engineering team devised a solution to fulfil the owners’ desire for a swimming pool with a translucent bottom that forms the ceiling of the beach club below. The surface of the pool was engineered to sit 50cm above deck height to create a superb relaxation area surrounded by cabanas. An integrated cinema screen at the end of the pool is hooked up to the yacht’s high-end audio installation - a feature which was made possible after the build team spent time creating a life-sized mock-up of the stern. To create the beach club below and avoid increasing the height of the hull, the owner, Sinot and Feadship worked to safeguard the three surrounding platforms aft, port and starboard against flooding by building them a certain height above the water. Lonian yacht sternPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht beach clubPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht exterior detailPhoto: Clint JenkinsThe aft section of the boat features Feadship’s first transom hatch with a flush swim platform that opens and closes identical to a convertible car: the teak hatch opens so the aft door can descend before the hatch closes. With the smart boat boom solution also an option to board via the guest entrance, guests can be accommodated in the two VIP staterooms with balconies and exterior sliding doors. The remaining eight guests can reside in the additional four staterooms, whereas the owner is allocated the owner’s deck with a large skylight and flush foredeck with a Jacuzzi and bespoke cooling and heating functionality. 

After exercising in the bridge deck gym, with connecting doors giving the option to workout either inside or alfresco, the owners jump into the chilled plunge pool. All five decks are decorated to the designs of Sinot in cooperation with Richard Hallberg Interior Design and are served by a glass elevator. A main-deck lounge offers clear panoramic views after having been engineered without any pillars.  Lonian yacht foredeck and bridgePhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht jacuzziPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht poolPhoto: Clint JenkinsLonian yacht jacuzziPhoto: Clint JenkinsAble to cruise to maximum speeds of 18 knots and cruise at 12 knots, Lonian can achieve a range of 5,000nm with Feadship’s first conventional and full hybrid diesel-electric engine. She comes complete with a rim-drive bow, Quantum zero-speed stabilisers, stern thrusters and the latest dynamic positioning system. Lonian yacht anchoredPhoto: Clint Jenkins



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