The 46.22-metre Lady May (ex-Como) was launched by well-known superyacht builder Feadship in the beginning of 2014.

Lady May was designed by Dubois and RWD (aka Redman Whitely Dixon) for the well-known entrepreneur, racing car driver and experienced yacht owner Neville Crichton from New Zealand. He has also spent over three decades competing in sailing regattas. This was his first Feadship.

Featuring a modern bow and whaleback sheer, Lady May’s exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects reflects the owner’s very specific ideas. The yacht has unprecedentedly large windows in the hull and there is a great deal of glass in the superstructure: the latter is placed on top of the metal rather than being set into it, creating a continuous glass surface. These glazed side panels give spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom

Lady May by Feadship
Lady May by Feadship
Lady May by Feadship

Being a car importer and racing car driver, Mr. Crichton’s love of sporty designs manifests itself in features such as the tumblehome in the superstructure and the angle in the wall of the superstructure, generating a streamlined cockpit look reminiscent of a racing car.

“Having built many yachts in New Zealand, my choice of Feadship came after a careful and extensive examination of its expertise and facilities,” comments Neville Crichton, who was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for his services to yachting and business.  “Once the decision to work with Feadship for the first time was made, I followed the construction process closely at all stages. I am pleased to be able to report that Feadship has exceeded my expectations (in particular the quality and finish of their workmanship) in all areas and working with them both professionally and personally, has been an enjoyable experience, with a remarkable and unique superyacht as the end result.”

Featuring a modern bow and whaleback sheer, Lady May’s exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects reflects the owner’s very specific ideas. The yacht has unprecedentedly large windows in the hull and there is a great deal of glass in the superstructure: the latter is placed on top of the metal rather than being set into it, creating a continuous glass surface. These glazed side panels give spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom.

Motor Yacht Como Feadship

Feadship director Henk de Vries commented at the launch of Lady May (Como):

“We are delighted to make our mark once again in this size range, Feadship is not only about very large superyachts: we also pride ourselves on creating exceptionally well-honed objects on a more human scale. And, like all our yachts, everything has been totally customized to the client’s individual requirements. We have used the very latest technologies and developments to push the window – and the windows – on what is surely the most sophisticated forty-six-metre superyacht in the world today.”

Glass Apart

Like every custom project at Feadship, Como’s owner’s requirements were met in style. And following on from other recent launches that have highlighted the art of glass such as Hampshire II, Musashi and Venus, thoughts now turn to the next logical – but seriously complex – innovation, namely using glass structures to also support structural loads from the decks above.

The advance of technology in the use of glass is radically changing the look of superyachts in the same way that it transformed land-based architecture. Today glass determines the look of most buildings, and its use on large yachts has been constantly on the rise over the decades. In 1960 the average proportion of glass within yacht silhouettes was around seven percent, a figure which had doubled by 1990 as windows became larger, were placed close to each other, and played a far more prominent role in styling.

Main Specifications

Type:Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure
Length over all:46.22 m
Beam:9.00 m
Draft (loaded):2.20 m
Fuel:51,000 liters
Fresh water:16,000 liters
Naval Architect:Dubois
Exterior styling:Dubois
Interior design:Redman Whiteley Dixon
Main engines:2x Caterpillar C32 / 1417 kW @ 2300 rpm
Generators:2x Caterpillar 6.6 – 2x 90.125 kW – 1500 rpm
Stabilizers:Quantum zero-speed stabilizers
Guests:Four guests in two double guest staterooms and four guests in two twin guest staterooms
Crew:Eight crew – four crew in two crew cabins; two in captain’s cabin, two in engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck