by Kim Kavin
By any measure, a 223-foot Feadship is an imposing bauble. The Dutch builder is one of the world’s most renowned, and the sheer size and volume of a superyacht besting 200 feet LOA are enough to make anyone swoon. Lady Christine further ups the ante by having an owner’s deck (not a suite, but a full deck), such design details as hand-chiseled crystal sconces, and a virtual bistro on her sundeck that’s complete with a Teppanyaki grill, pizza oven, and barbecue.
Oh, yeah—and she’s cruising in a little tropical paradise known as the South Pacific.
That’s right: Lady Christine, launched in 2010, will enter the charter market in late 2013 with an enormous warm-water splash in French Polynesia and Fiji. YCO Yacht is offering her at an introductory weekly base rate of US$550,000 for 10 guests, with 16 crew to cater to their every desire.
Lady Christine is all about opulence. Guests enjoying dinner in the formal dining room are treated to views through floor-to-ceiling windows as well as to terraces that extend from beneath the floor to create indoor/outdoor platforms on either side of the yacht. The owner’s deck includes an onyx master bathroom, an observation lounge, his-and-her offices, and a private outdoor deck with dining for four. Woodwork throughout the yacht, including intricate paneling and inlays, is a combination of cherry, Makassar ebony, maple, and Amboyna burr. Even the recreation equipment is a notch above, as Lady Christine boasts a contraflow, infinity-style swimming pool on her aft deck, a fully equipped gymnasium, and not one but two Castoldi jet tenders for water sports—along with a 16-foot Herreshoff sailing dinghy and a pair of Dart performance catamarans.
“Her exterior styling, with its split-level deck layout, is dramatically different from standard Feadships,” says Bianca McNulty of YCO marketing. “And discerning clients will appreciate the excellent crew, cultivated over time by an experienced yacht owner with the highest of standards.”
Of course, Lady Christine also has the types of features expected aboard a superyacht of her caliber, including zero-speed stabilizers for guest comfort at anchor. That will be important when she’s chartering in Fiji and French Polynesia, especially while visiting such out-islands as Fiji’s Yasawa archipelago (a day’s cruise from the Mamanuca Group, which lie closer to Nadi International Airport) and French Polynesia’s Tuamotus chain, which lie close to but are less developed than Tahiti and Bora-Bora.
Indeed, Lady Christine is designed to offer charter guests the best of both worlds: ultimate luxury and comfort in the world’s most remote destinations. It’s hard to imagine a more elegant way to vacation in paradise, nor a yacht more likely to become an instant charter sensation no matter where she cruises next.
For more information, contact YCO Yacht.