The 58-metre yacht Najiba
Photo by Feadship
New Year’s dive for noble Najiba
Yacht builder Feadship started 2019 with a launch. The 58-metre yacht was launched in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, on the third day of the new year. She is called Najiba, which means ‘noble’. Designed as a family superyacht, this latest Feadship blends sleek and minimalist exterior lines with a detailed, high-end interior.
Having owned several yachts, the clients who ordered Najiba were fulfilling a long-held dream to commission a pure custom Feadship. To ensure they retained some of the European design influences they cherish, the owners partnered with Vitruvius Yachts and Philippe Briand as designers and naval architects, with Claudio Cicconetti being responsible for developing the general arrangement. They were joined by interior designer Guillaume Rolland of Studio Christian Liaigre, owner’s project manager Peter Wilson from MCM and the Feadship builders and naval architects. Najiba is the first Feadship to feature a Vitruvius Yachts design, the signature of which is clear in her sleek and low profile.
“The owners understood very well that a perfect yacht requires a strong scientific and architectural approach to support the exterior design,” explains Philippe Briand. “There is an almost scientific approach in the concept behind the construction. Najiba is the second largest Feadship to be built in aluminium to date and features an extremely efficient hull. The result of the meticulously planned architecture keeps fuel consumption as low as eleven litres per nautical mile at twelve knots, enhancing the yacht’s sustainability.”
The interior of Najiba has a highly original layout, including two master staterooms. An open plan arrangement on the main deck – with no central staircase area blocking the vista – allows for views all the way forward through one of those staterooms (when open) to the bow. There are very few straight surfaces found on Najiba, with a wealth of angles and curved ceilings in an interior that has a sailing yacht feel with lots of teak deployed to fine effect.
“Najiba is a truly remarkable superyacht and the family are thrilled with what you have created for them,” explained Peter Wilson at the launch, speaking on behalf of the owners to the assembled workforce. “They had seen Feadship quality in other yachts, hence the longheld dream to develop one of their own. Even so, the owners and their extended family could not believe their eyes when the final result was revealed to them.”
Feadship director Henk de Vries agreed. “We are exceptionally proud of our contribution to this stunning 58-metre vessel. Najiba has a beautiful, complex interior with numerous unique features. The clients are big fans of architecture and design, and took great pride in what they were creating. They were also determined to provide a comfortable environment for their families both at sea and when moored.”
Length overall: 58.00 m
Beam overall: 11.03 m
Draught (loaded): 2.60 m
Speed (max/cruise): 16 / 12 knots
Range: 4,400 NM
Fuel capacity: 90,000 l
Freshwater capacity: 22,000 l
Naval architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects and Philippe Briand Ltd
Exterior styling: Vitruvius Yachts ltd
Interior design: Studio Christian Liaigre
Main engines: 2x MTU 12V2000M72, 1080 kW @ 2250 rpm
Accommodation owner: 4 persons
Accommodation guests: 8 persons
Crew: 14 persons