01 Nov 14

Members cocktail Fort Lauderdale 2014

The Feadship Heritage Fleet organised its first get-together for American owners of classic Feadships (i.e. Feadships built more than thirty years ago) during the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The rendezvous on the evening of Saturday 1 November was at the House of Feadship, a specially hired mansion that served as an oasis of tranquillity and hospitality away from the traditional hustle & bustle of FLIBS.

In the lead up to the event, the first American FHF members and true ambassadors Chapman & Kristin Ducote invited everyone onboard their carbon fibre yacht, which had been on display in the show. On our way to the House of Feadship, we enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres onboard the classic Feadship Centinela IV. This yacht was also showcased at the Fort Lauderdale show and has been beautifully preserved by her proud owner, passionate captain and loyal crew.

A wonderful dinner party followed at the House of Feadship, with the classic Feadship Patriot (ex-Gallant Lady from 1984) docked in front of the house and open for tours. There was also time for reflection on Feadship’s phenomenal pedigree in the United States, the place where its yachts first began to earn their unique brand status. Ever since the Feadship Capri won the prestigious Queen of the International Motor Boat Show title in New York in 1953, owners have flocked to the Netherlands to commission a Feadship.

More than half of all the Feadships in the global fleet were built for the American market and they include many iconic yachts,” Victor Muller, chairman of the Feadship Heritage Fleet, said in his openings speech. “Famous American clients in the 1950s and ‘60s included Arthur Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team, Henry Ford II and Malcolm Forbes, who’s The Highlander Feadships came to symbolise a new era of superyacht construction. The Feadship Heritage Fleet is proud to have its first event in the United States take place in Fort Lauderdale, home port to so many yachts built by Feadship.

The first American member – the 1952 FeadshipAnahita V, which is now based in Miami – joined the Feadship HeritageFleet in March 2014. “It has been a great experience to be part of this club, which is almost like a family,” her owners Kristin &Chapman Ducote said. “We attended the Monaco Historic Grand Prix event earlier in 2014, greatly enjoying meeting fellowowners and watching the spectacular races from the yachts. All American owners of classic Feadships should be come jointhis delightful association.”