Feadship has today unveiled the future name of Project 818 as the vessel was transported to the sea for a rigorous series of trials. The 77.25-metre superyacht will be called Syzygy 818, reflecting the divergent elements contained in a Feadship set to change many perceptions of yachtbuilding when fully revealed later this year.
With the Feadship hull number 818, Syzygy 818 had an auspicious designation from the outset. In Chinese numerology, the numbers add up to mean ‘prosperous’ while visually conveying the expression ‘fortune mirrors fortune’. Better still, the birthday of Syzygy 818’s owner is on 18 August. And the word syzygy is a term used in astronomy to denote a rare event when three heavenly bodies line up perfectly, with a lunar eclipse and new moon being good examples.
The creation of a pure custom superyacht is another exceptional occurrence that requires a range of different factors to come together in complete harmony. It requires passionate owners to commission such an yacht while providing the resources required to bring her to life. The right designer has to be found who has the ability to accurately interpret the owner’s highly distinctive insights while the shipyard must be able to translate inspired visual thoughts and drawings into a masterpiece one can touch and feel.
In the case of Syzygy 818, further elements were essential before the owner would embark on building his first Feadship. Glass technology had to evolve to the degree where it could be used in the desired manner in a superstructure and provide the clear lines of vision which the client required. Computerised 3D design needed to progress to the point where an extraordinary amount of curvaceousness would be possible in both the glass as well as the overall yacht. Last but not least, electronics and engine expertise had to reach the level where a superyacht could attain a degree of fuel efficiency which met the owner’s sustainability goals.
All these configurations and more have aligned in this new Feadship: Syzygy 818 will certainly live up to her name, as will be revealed in due course.