Historians reflecting on the superyacht industry of the 2020s may well cite the 42.50-metre Feadship Callisto as a textbook example of what is meant by the term ‘pure custom creation’. Built to a precise size to match her berth in the Mediterranean, Callisto seamlessly balances the owners’ desire for a 21-knot-fast superyacht with specific accommodation and outdoor entertainment wishes based on their rich experience at sea. The result is an exceptional one-off superyacht for repeat clients which sets a new precedent for bespoke luxury cruising below 500GT.
The 42.50-metre Callisto was launched by the Feadship yard in Aalsmeer (NL) at the start of April 2022, sixteen years after the delivery of the first Callisto. This 65.20-metre Feadship is still used by the owners as a world cruiser and has been kept in premium condition ever since, including two refits at Feadship in 2014 and 2021. She was the first superyacht fitted with an ultra-advanced rudder-roll system and the owners set out to be equally innovative with their second Feadship called Callisto.
Before embracing the carte blanche approach offered by Feadship regarding which features would be incorporated on their new yacht, the owners set a specific length of 42.50 metres. While the exact speed was still up for debate at the start of the project, a benchmark of at
least 20 knots was set. The team from Studio De Voogt and Feadship’s in-house naval architects were tasked with working closely together with the owner’s team to make this a reality. The key to success was finding the right balance between a high speed hull and sufficient room for the desired luxury spaces with five fine en suite staterooms, a full-beam bridge deck lounge and a lovely main deck salon.
Callisto’s splendid outdoor areas are another highly visible aspect of her exterior design, all of which closely reflect how the owners spend time on their yachts. The sun deck is enormous in relation to size and includes lots of shade as requested. Shelter from the wind was another primary parameter, with glass walls closing off three sides of the central section of the deck. The glass section forward can be lowered when required to allow a lovely warm or cooling breeze through. Forward of the windbreak is a lovely lounging area and further seating and sun beds are available aft to complete the package on what must surely be one of the coolest sun decks created on a Feadship to date.
Another requirement was to have a large swimming platform for good tender access and the option of waterfront dining. The al fresco delights don’t stop there. Having a large seating area and table plus room for sun loungers forward on the bridge deck feels like a real bonus on a 42.5-metre yacht. To maintain her clean lines the owners requested that the extra crew tender they wished to have available (in addition to the luxury tender housed in the lower deck garage) to be concealed in a bay in the foredeck. Accessible by a hatch, the boat is easily launched by a discreetly placed crane on the mooring deck. There is even room for two jet skis.
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Drawn on the boards at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, Callisto has a light interior that reflects the Mediterranean-summer as well as generating a suitably spacious ambience. The full beam owner’s stateroom is located in a prime position forward on the main deck and there are two full width VIP staterooms, and a further two twin en suite staterooms on the lower deck. The eight crew will benefit from the best Feadship accommodation.