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2014 ShowBoats Design Award For Superyacht Tenders

An iconic Maine-based builder wins a well-deserved award.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

If you’re an anything–that-floats watcher as I am, you’ve certainly seen your share of dreamboats underway, at anchor, or tied up in a dock or along side a pier. One of my favorite sightings is when, in my humble opinion, the beautiful, green-hulled, Feadship-built Sea Owl comes into view.

The uber beautiful Sea Owl, yet another Feadship masterpiece.

The uber beautiful Sea Owl, yet another Feadship masterpiece. Photo Credit: Kees Torn

So, it was not too much of a surprise to this nautical scribe that the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards in the superyacht tenders category is Fledgling, the Hodgdon Yachts-built, Andrew Winch designed tender to Sea Owl.

Sea Owl, launched in 2013, is designed by Winch in collaboration with De Voogt Ship Design. She is 203’/62m in length, has a beam of 40’03”/12.20m, draws 12’4”/3.7m, and is powered by a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M53R diesel engines.

Ed Roberts, Hodgdon’s Director of Sales & Marketing commented, “Hodgdon Yachts, and its in-house engineering team, is proud to share the limelight with winner Andrew Winch Designs in receiving the coveted Showboats Design Award for the best Limo Tender.” Observations were also made as to how the tender’s design emulated that of Sea Owl’s beautiful lines.

Due to weight requirements necessary for use aboard Sea Owl, Hodgdon took special care in the Fledgling’s engineering and construction using infused epoxy carbon fiber, ensuring a strong, solid build.

Elegant and sophisticated by any standard, Fledgling is a perfect match for Sea Owl.

Elegant and sophisticated by any standard, Fledgling is a perfect match for Sea Owl.

The tender features the exceptional craftsmanship and sophisticated systems engineering that Hodgdon is so well-known for. Outside, a defining characteristic of the Winch design is a well-executed compound curve teak clad transom. Inside, guests are greeted with teak wood finish, separate head and washroom, and luxurious leather seating for eight. Systems highlights include NEMA 2000 systems integrated iPad in the salon, electrically retracting glass moon roof, electrically retracting glass aft bulkhead, hydraulically lifting roof, and lithium-ion smart battery system among many more items.

Comments by the judges included not only wanting to own such a vessel but that, on its own, it would make a wonderful day boat as well. Air conditioning and charging and docking stations for phones and iPads are a nice touch, as is the 40-knots top speed.

LOA: 27’10″+/8.5m
LWL: 24’6’+/7.49m
BEAM: 9’0″/2.75m
DRAFT: Drive up: 1’7″+/0.5m; Drive down: 3’3″/1.0m
DISPLACEMENT: 101,191 lbs/4,590kg
POWER: Volvo D6/400-hp DuoProp Outdrive
CAPACITY: 8 guests/2 crew

Further information on the Hodgdon custom tenders, including video, can be found at or at


ABOUT HODGDON: Having started in 1816 during the era of clipper ships, Hodgdon is America’s oldest boat builder. Still family owned, today this East Boothbay, Maine company has evolved into a leader in advanced composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world class traditional and modern interiors. The company’s divisions include high-end superyacht interiors (up to 80M), custom sail and power yacht construction (up to 60M), defense contracting and custom superyacht tenders. The company currently employs over 150 employees, most of whom are skilled and highly skilled labor. Hodgdon is a fifth generation family run company still in the heart of Maine’s famed Boothbay Region

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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Dock Buzz


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Helix makes history: First new Feadship arrives in Asia

Feadship is taking a brand-new superyacht to Asia for the first time this spring. A dedicated tour by the 45-metre Helix will take in Hong Kong in March and the Hainan Rendezvous in early April before heading off to the Singapore boat show at the end of the month.

Feadship has an unrivalled pedigree in the superyacht market and a history that goes back to 1849. Although the Dutch experts were building large yachts for Middle Eastern and European royalty in the 1930s, many maritime historians point to the 1951 New York Boat Show as the defining moment in the Feadship success story. This was the first time that Feadship had displayed its yachts to the American public, which expressed immediate admiration for the quality and craftsmanship. More than half of the 250 Feadships launched have since been created for sophisticated owners in the United States. And now, with the arrival of Helix in China, Feadship is set to embark on a new phase in super yacht history.

“Each Feadship is totally unique and each reflects our commitment to set new standards in terms of perfect craftsmanship and superior technology,” comments Feadship director Dick van Lent, who will be among the senior Feadship managers accompanying Helix on this Asian tour. “Feadships are seen as the benchmark for the entire superyacht industry and we are convinced that the time is right to personally introduce UHNWIs in China with the ultimate yachting lifestyle.”

Helix will be on tour in Asia from 18 March through 29 April: The yacht will be staying at the Gold Coast Marina in Hong Kong from March 18 to 31. She will then head for the third Hainan Rendezvous, which is being held at the Visun Royal Yacht Club from April 5 to 8.

The yacht will also attend the Singapore yacht show from April 27 to 29.

Helix will showcase to the public how Feadship is able to combine a timeless design and fine detailing with a classic bow to ensure the most comfortable of seagoing performances. Invited guests and potential clients will also be given a personal tour of an interior that synthesises light-fabric-covered walls in mahogany wooden frames with contrasting materials and tasteful furniture. With four suites and a master stateroom on the main deck, all guests enjoy phenomenal views from their cabins. Helix also has a wealth of outdoor entertainment and dining options, reflecting a beach house on the water philosophy.

“Helix is an exceptionally refined superyacht that is sure to hold her value,” adds Van Lent.

“And, like all Feadships, the building experience was great fun for all concerned. Feadship representatives have visited the Far East on a number of occasions and we have built several Feadships for owners from this region. But to now have the opportunity to present a brand-new Feadship to a dedicated Chinese audience is a landmark moment and there is a sense of history being made.”

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Dock News