The first hybrid superyacht, Feadship‘s 273.11ft (84m) Savannah delivers a 30 percent fuel economy advantage through an innovative eco-friendly propulsion system. Launched in 2015, the stunning build also raises the bar on aesthetics, with an elegant superstructure completely wrapped in a perfect sheen of silvery seafoam metallic paint. Mixing its forward-thinking sustainability with impeccable design, a Savannah yacht charter is all about conscientious luxury and the experience of a lifetime.
The Feadship brand is proud of its innovative designs as well as its heritage. An acronym for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders, Feadship’s history reaches back to 1849. Recently granted royal status by the Dutch queen, there is no doubt that Savannah is suitable as a regal residence at sea.
The coolest place to hang out onboard Savannah is the beautiful 30ft infinity pool on the aft deck. Flanked by plush seating and boasting panoramic views, this is likely where the majority of the socializing and entertaining will take place. This space also includes a full beach club, private sun deck with a DJ station and BBQ. Elsewhere, she contains an array of high-octane water toys with two 9.5m tenders, seabobs, jetskis and numerous inflatables to enjoy the destination as you and your guests see fit.
In addition to the adrenaline-pumping activities, Savannah is also a tranquil retreat, as evidenced at the extensive spa center that features a hammam. It’s here you can rejuvenate and recharge your mind, body and soul with an onboard masseuse and beautician as part of the crew. The well-equipped fitness center has everything you need to stay on top of your physical fitness – with stunning views of the open waters to match. The lower deck holds the wondrous Nemo Room, an observation lounge with large viewing windows that capture mesmerizing underwater views. When you want to get cozy with friends and family, this space also converts to a magnificent cinema room.
Savannah is undeniably one of the most spectacular vessels afloat. Nominated by Showboats for 2016 Design Awards in the Naval Architecture, Exterior, Interior and Holistic Design categories, she appears gifted across the board. Through an innovative support system, Savannah’s exterior design effortlessly lifts the decks, appearing to float them on a span of glass that wraps each level. The elegance sets her immediately apart as a distinctive yacht – and she holds many additional surprises.
Lounging comes easy onboard Savannah, with many exterior spaces that facilitate relaxation. Pleasing water views can be had through the glass bottom of a 30-foot pool overhead on the main deck add light and beauty, whereas the sun deck puts a Jacuzzi forward on an ample deck flanked port and starboard with sun pads. On the aft of the Jacuzzi area, there’s a gorgeous dining and cocktail space around a U-shaped, aft-facing sofa, which provides a stunning view. Elsewhere, a chaise lounge sun area is positioned fully aft.
Curved glass sliding doors open the main deck saloon to the pool and sun pads, seamlessly joining the spaces. Similar curved glass doors grace the upper deck saloon, showing off a modern dining space adjoining a large sun and seating area aft. Fully aft, a series of steps to port and starboard lead from the pool and seating area to the beach club, with a full-beam step and platform reaching down to the sea. Subtle combinations of silver, sand, bronze, and gentle neutrals, with hints of blue-green echoing the seafoam exterior, provide soothing environments throughout the yacht.
Interiors, graced with the talent and experience of Christina Gherardi Bernardeau’s hand at Parisian firm CG Design, are simple, uncluttered, and luxurious. Furnishings are simple and sophisticated, exuding an elegance that is a perfect measure of detail and space. The metallic design is complemented on the inside with rosewood floors throughout, deluxe furniture and breathtaking views thanks to the peerless use of glass. Savannah is also notable for her extensive modern art collection.
This hybrid design enables extremely quiet operation at low speeds, for enjoyable cruising in pristine environments with silent operation. Running flat out at 16 knots, the hybrid system reduces stress on the engine and mechanical systems, contributing to a quieter setting while underway.
The propulsion system is driven by an electro-mechanical diesel arrangement that proves superior in quiet performance and fuel efficiency. Employing a single Wärtsilä diesel engine, three Caterpillar generators work to charge a million watts of lithium ion batteries driving twin screws, assisted by an in-line azimuth stern thruster. An oversize diesel propeller gives a 40 percent size advantage over more traditional systems. While these elements have been built into previous yachts, Savannah’s design uses them in new ways to optimize performance.
Savannah’s vertical bow and four decks welcome 12 guests in six cabins, served by up to 26 crew. Each cabin has been designed to maximize the visual and human experience – and there’s no better example of this than the opulent master stateroom, which opens onto a saloon and aft deck, and boasts a notable wall of glass and vast oval skylight. An exceptional VIP suite boasts a private, moveable deck. Stylish stonework, curved wall surfaces, an open layout, and beautiful wood combine with oversize windows and dozens of sliding glass doors to create a fresh feel in touch with the ocean environment.
Savannah is available to charter through Y.CO beginning at $1,104,000 per week plus expenses.
Summer Cruising Destinations: Mediterranean
Winter Cruising Destinations: South Pacific & Indian Ocean