The Feadship shipyard recently restored the unusual Catch motorboat. Let's talk about the unique features of the boat and its interesting way!
long way home
For many boat owners, restoration is all about maintaining the look, updating some of the boat's systems, and making a few cosmetic changes. Feadship has gone one step further with one of the most complex refurbishments in the history of yachting.
The 26-meter Patriot boat has gone through serious not only cosmetic, but also structural updates. Back in 1984, the yacht was launched by the same Feadship shipyard. For almost 39 years, Patriot has been used for its intended purpose - initially the yacht was intended for sports and fishing.
Patriot was lucky with the owners. Throughout the life of the yacht, she was closely monitored, regularly carried out maintenance and did not allow the yacht to stand idle for years at the docks. As a result, Patriot fell into the hands of the new owner in almost perfect condition.
An unnamed owner purchased the yacht a year ago. He changed her name to Catch and, despite the excellent condition, decided to freshen up the yacht a bit. The owner decided that only the Feadship manufacturer would be able to carry out a worthy restoration. When the decision was finally made, Catch was sent to Amsterdam. As a result, the boat managed to make another transatlantic trip before getting home.
Restoration in an adult way
The renovation took about 10 months. During this period, the masters of the shipyard managed not only to repaint the yacht, but also lay new teak decks, complete an additional cabin, modernize the furniture in the saloon, carry out a general overhaul and upgrade of all systems on board.
Particular attention was paid to the renewal of all mechanical parts of the yacht. The interiors also required fine-tuning. The return of Catch to the Feadship yard allowed for a quality restoration of the yacht.
Interestingly, this is not the first overhaul of the boat. In 2005, one of the owners purchased the then Gallant Lady and almost immediately sent her to the Derecktor shipyard, USA. Here the yacht not only received maintenance, but also a new name - Patriot.
At the Derecktor shipyard, the yacht was almost completely dismantled. The interior was updated and modified with new materials at the time. The body was dismantled down to the aluminum core. The covered bridge has also been redesigned. Derecktor's main focus was on reducing the weight of the boat and reducing noise levels from engines and other systems.
In addition to cosmetic improvements, new engines were also installed. To replace the old MTU diesel engines with a power of 1,320 hp. a pair of brand new 12V2000 MTUs with 1,800 hp arrived. every. With such a filling, the yacht can reach speeds of up to 26 knots.
According to open data, the restoration in 2005-2007 cost more than $10 million.
During the 2010s, several more serious works were carried out to improve and fine-tune the yacht. The previous owner of Catch has truly created a floating work of art. Surprisingly, such improvements not only benefited, but only increased the value of the yacht.
The main feature of Catch lies not only in regular modifications, but also in uniqueness. The fact is that Catch is just one of three sports and fishing yachts that have been built by the Feadship shipyard. Each of these three yachts was designed by a true legend, nautical designer and architect Frits de Voogthom.
After a recent restoration, the Catch has space for six guests in three cabins. Each cabin has a private bathroom. The master cabin is located in the bow of the yacht, and amidships there are two additional double cabins.
The saloon has large skylights and a galley. The entire interior is finished in cherry wood. Right now the yacht is returning to the USA. Plans to travel along the coast.
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