Reminiscent of the beautiful Aurora B dating from 1992, the newly launched 47-metre and somewhat secretive Project 697 from Feadship in Aalsmeer, Holland does not, at first glance, look like a new launch at all.
She has been built for an experienced owner keen to revisit the classic era of Feadship motor yachts while enjoying a rich range of cutting-edge onboard facilities. Like Aurora B before her, she combines a striking midnight blue hull with a sophisticated superstructure in white aluminium and exterior teak woodwork with stainless steel details.
The traditional design is enriched by her interior comprising several subtle contemporary touches such as large windows and bright spaces. The interior echoes the exterior in its delicate nautical theme overlaid with contemporary details and state-of-the-art technology. It consists entirely of highgloss dark European walnut panels, light oak parquet, white wooden ceilings and judiciously placed white panelling. The galley, which adjoins the owners’ stateroom and is designed with a clever central nook where the owners and their guests can spend time, is exceptionally spacious and well-appointed, featuring the same high-gloss lacquered walnut finishing with exclusive stainless steel countertops – an outstanding example of a bespoke solution that refl ects how time at sea will be enjoyed.
Perhaps her most striking modern components are the exceptionally difficult to build grilles on the mast, the sides of the superstructure and the main deck forward: these are part and parcel of the underlying aluminium structure.