58m Vitruvius-designed Feadship yacht Najiba launched

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Feadship has marked the New Year by launching its 58 metre Vitruvius Yacht-designed superyacht. The yacht has been named Najiba, meaning "noble".

The launch, which took place on January 3, was attended by the owner's project manager Peter Wilson of MCM, along with interior designer Guillaume Rolland of Studio Christian Liaigre and Feadship's naval architects. Wilson said the yard had managed to "bridge the gap between dream and reality."

Speaking to Feadship's assembled workforce, Wilson said: "Najiba is a truly remarkable superyacht and the family are thrilled with what you have created for them."

Wilson added: "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 this morning."

The all-aluminium superyacht features low-profile exterior styling created by Vitruvius Yachts while naval architecture comes courtesy of Philippe Briand and De Voogt.Vital statistics include a 10.95 metre beam and a 2.6 metre draught, while the drivetrain is believed to consist of twin 1,450hp MTU 12V2000 M72 diesel engines for a top speed of 16 knots.

Designer Philippe Briand previously described the yacht "as a Mediterranean boat with plenty of accommodation and a nice aesthetic."

“Our interpretation of beauty is a stretched, low profile, which makes this design a little bit different,” he added. “This spirit runs from the keel to the mast — it is fresh, pure and transparent.”

The yacht has now been named Najiba.Image courtesy of Tom Van Oossanen.

The yacht has now been named Najiba.Image courtesy of Tom Van Oossanen.

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