Feadship can trace its roots back to 1877, when the Akerboom family bought a small shipyard off the coast of the Netherlands to build and repair boats. They joined with the Van Lent family in 1927, and then in 1949 they joined with the De Vries, another family-based shipyard, to form Feadship. Feadship has three shipyards in Aalsmeer, Makkum and Kaag and one design and engineering center, De Voogt Naval Architects.

  

After World War II the market for the previously successful industry was left in ruins. Even after four years of peace, there remained little money or inclination in Europe for ordering pleasure yachts. Encouraged by the Dutch government’s export incentives, Royal Van Lent Shipyard, De Vries Scheepsbouw and four other yards decided to set out their stall for the thriving American market.

The man behind this move was naval architect Henri de Voogt. The name Feadship – the First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders – was considered to be an innovation. It made the fledgling group sound like it was Dutch shipbuilding, an important distinction in a market where image was crucial. Yet recognition of the very real skills on offer was not long in coming. The New York Boat Show of 1951, for which several yachts were packed up and shipped across the Atlantic, proved a breakthrough. The Americans were amazed at Feadship’s use of steel – an almost unheard of phenomenon at this time stateside, a specialty in the Netherlands since the 1930s.

Orders began to flow for yachts in both steel and aluminum; by the mid-1950s, Feadship stopped building in wood altogether. This move led to the first decrease in group membership, although it was only in 1966 that a convergence of factors was to finally leave the big three piloting the Feadship course together.

The 1960s as a whole witnessed steady growth – both in the organization’s reputation and the size of the vessels it built. 85–90 ft, 100–110 ft, 120 ft with fully raised wheelhouses, trans-Atlantic capabilities; various milestones in construction history were reached and surpassed. By the early 1970s however, Feadship’s popularity had greatly increased, with several yachts being launched each year (see list below).

As the American economy boomed, Henry Ford and Malcolm Forbes were but two of a host of famous folk to take advantage of Feadship’s custom-built yachts.

In 1977, a separate entity was established in the US in place of the customary representative agent. Don Kenniston was Feadship America’s first general manager, a position he still holds today. His early tenure coincided with an enormous increase in trans-Atlantic sailing.

World leader in luxury, LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton acquired the manufacturer of luxury yachts Dutch Feadship, Royal Van Lent in 2008.

Feadship was founded in 1949 by Dutch yacht builders as an export association with the intention of selling to American clients. Several ship yards were members in the beginning:

  • Jachtwerf W.P.M. Akerboom, Lisse
  • Jacht- & scheepswerf Van Lent, Kaag
  • Scheepswerf E.G. van de Stadt, Zaandam
  • Scheepswerven Nicolaas Witsen & Vis, Alkmaar, left Feadship in 1959
  • Scheepswerf Het Fort/G. de Vries Lentsch, Nieuwendam
  • Scheepswerf De Vlijt/Gebr. de Vries, Aalsmeer
  • Naval architects H.W. de Voogt joined in 1950

MOTOR YACHTS FOR SALE

Abacus
Abeking
Absolute
AIBS
Albemarle
Albin Marine
Alden
Alloy
Amels
Annapolis
Apache
Arzu
Astondoa
Atkin
Atlantic
Aura Marine
Azimut
Baglietto
Baia
Barattucci
Bayliner
Bayshore Boats
Benetti
Bentley
Bertram
Blackfin
Bluewater
Boston Whaler
Broward
Bugatti
Burger
C.B.I. Navi
Cabo
Californian
Cantieri Navali
Cantieri Rossato
Carver
Century
Chaparral
CHB
Cheoy Lee
Chris Craft
Christensen
Codecasa
Craig Blackwell
Crescent
CRN
Crowther
Cruisers
Crystaliner
CT
Damen
Darling
Davis
Dean
DeFever
Della Pieta
Delta
Denison
Destiny
Diaship
Donzi
Dorado
Doral
Dyna Craft
Eastbay
Ed Monk
Egg Harbor
Elan
Endeavour
Expedition
Fairline
Feadship
Fellows & Stewart
Ferretti
Fexas
Fleming
Formula
Fountain
Four Winns
Galati
Garimarine
Garlington
Glacier Bay
Glastron
Goodson & Roberts
Grady White
Grand Banks
Gulf Craft
Guy Couach
Haida
Hakvoort
Harbor Master
Hargrave
Hatteras
Heesen
High Tech
Hinckley
Hodgdon Bros
Horizon
Huckins
Hydra Sports
Irwin
Jeanneau
Jefferson
Jersey Cape
Kadey-Krogen
KNYSNA
Larson
Lazzara
Legacy
Leopard (Arno)
Lowland
Luhrs
Lurssen
Magnum
Mainship
Maiora
Mangusta
Manta
MaresTecnomar
Mariah
Marine Trader
Mariner
Marlin
Marlow
Max Carter
Maxum
McKinna
Mediterranean
Meridian
Mikelson
Millennium
Mondomarine
Monte Fino
Morgan
Nautiline
Navigator
Neptunus
Nordhavn
Nordic
Nordlund
Northern Bay
NorthStar
Novatec
Ocean Alexander
Ocean
Oceanfast
Offshore
Orucogla
Owens
Pacifica
Palmer Johnson
Pedigree
Post
President
Princess
Proline
Prout
Pursuit
Queenship
Rauma
Regal
Rinker
Riva
Riviara
Robalo
Rodman
Rodriquez
Ronin
Roughwater
Rybovich
San Lorenzo
Sea Doo Bombardier
Sea Pro
Sealegs
Sealine
SeaRay
Seascape
Seavana
Selene
Sharaf
Silverton
Skipjack
Sonship
Stamas
Sterling
Striker
Stuart Catamarans
Sundancer
Sunreef
Sunrise
Sunseeker
Swiftship
Symbol
Tarrab
Thai-Kiwi
Thompson Santa Cruz
Tiara
Tollycraft
Topaz
Tosca
Trader
Trinity
Trojan
Uniflite
Van de Stadt
Ventura Gulfstream
Versilcraft
Viking
Vitech
Wally
Wellcraft
Westport
Westship
WinBoat
Winter

SAILING YACHTS FOR SALE

Alden
Aura Marine
Baltic
Bavaria
Beneteau
Bridges Point
Bruce Kelley
C&C
Cabo Rico
Caliber
Cape Dory
Catalina
Catana
Challenger
Cheoy Lee
CNB
Concorde
Contessa
Coronado
CSY
CT
Custom
Deerfoot
Dehler
Derecktor
DownEaster
Dubois
Dufour
Dynamique
Elan
Endeavour
Ericson
Farr
Fellows & Stewart
Freedom
Ganley
Gulfstar
Hallberg-Rassy
Hans Christian
Hanse
Hinckley
Hodgdon Bros
Hullmaster Douglas
Hunter
Hylas
Irwin
Island Packet
Islander
J/Boats
Jeanneau
Jongert
Kirie-Feeling
KNYSNA
Kurt Hughes
Lagoon
Lancer
LeComte
Little Harbor
Lord Nelson
Luders
MacGregor
Marek
Marten
Max Carter
Mikado
Olson
Ostac
Outbound
Oyster
Pearson
Pedigree
Perini Navi
Prout
Ranger
Rivolta
Royal Huisman
Sabre
Saga
Santa Cruz
Santana
Schock
Seascape
Seaward
Solaris
Southern Cross
St Francis
Sunreef
Swan
Sweden
Sydney
Ta Chiao
Tartan
Tayana
Thackwray
Tosca
Trintella
Valiant
Van de Stadt
Vosper Thornycroft
Warwick
Wauquiez
Westsail
Willard
X-Yachts

SOURCE:  YACHTS.COM

 

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