Feadship has completed a major refit in its home base of the Netherlands of the 57.60metre superyacht W, originally launched as Larisa seven years ago. Her striking new metallic silver hull glistened in the Dutch sunshine as this contemporary classic Feadship completed her post-project sea trials and was handed back to her delighted owner on Friday 17 July.

“After buying W in 2019 I set out to not only refit my newly acquired Feadship to my specific requirements but to also renew her in every possible respect while ensuring that she remained 100% a Feadship.”

Owner of W yacht

“Owning a Feadship gives one an enormous sense of pride and I am convinced that the only way to retain full Feadship pedigree is to access the formidable talents and capabilities of the entire Feadship organisation. It was wonderful to be able to bring her back to the Netherlands and know that she would be upgraded by many of the same people that actually created her seven years ago. No one in the world knows a Feadship like the people that actually built her and that shows in the exceptional results of this refit project.”


The foremost renewal activities included placing a larger Jacuzzi on the sun deck and implementing major modifications to the interior layout. An inspired improvement to the main deck lounge has fashioned a far more open and uniformed space, while the number of staterooms available has been increased from four to six. This allows four extra guests to now enjoy the pleasures of W and increase the total POB capacity with the crew from 22 to 26.

The former VIP stateroom on the lower deck has been converted into two equal-sized and equally luxurious guest suites to port and starboard. A double Murphy’s bed has been installed in the bridge deck lounge and the adjacent powder room refitted into a dedicated marble-clad bathroom for those times when the lounge is used as a suite for guests, who will enjoy the best of views as well as lots of space. The fine interior style developed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design in 2013 has been largely retained, complemented by various personal touches made by the owner together with Fort Lauderdale-based A La Mer, Inc.


On the technical front, the starting point for the owner was to ensure that all major systems on W were dialed back to ‘zero time. The wheelhouse on W has been given a comprehensive upgrade with all-new screens. The AV and IT systems have been totally renewed and a new sewage treatment unit fitted. Both MTU main engines have been completely overhauled and all other systems reviewed and modernized where required.


The projected delivery time was extended due to a doubling of the scope of the activities and the need to take the coronavirus into account. The latter did lead to a slight lowering of the work pace as yard shift patterns were staggered to enhance safety, part of a rigorous series of measures implemented across all four Feadship yards in the Netherlands to ensure they continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner.

“An additional challenge was the need to have travel restrictions lifted before key crew members could rejoin the vessel. The owner was very impressed with how these unprecedented issues were handled, especially because much of the refit had to proceed with only ‘remote’ consultations possible with his team. The owner’s original decision to send W from the Med to the Netherlands for the project based on Feadship’s unrivalled reputation for keeping to agreements has been fully validated.”

project manager Hans van der Wiel


“The owner and his team are very pleased with the final result. They asked for a wide array of additional activities to be carried out once the project was underway confident that this would be money well spent. And the owner is delighted that the end result does not look like a refit – you really would feel that W was built this way in the first place.”

adds Van der Wiel

As W now gets ready to embark on a new season of adventures, she will also be awarded the Feadship Authenticity Certificate. Offering official recognition of a Feadship’s tip-top condition, this certification, and any related warranty clauses add to the resale value as well as giving complete peace of mind to owners.


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