Feadship was formed from a combination of 7 Dutch Shipbuilders and Naval Architects after World War II in 1949. The group was created specifically to market and export yachts to the American market.
The name Feadship stand not for "Federation of Dutch Shipbuilders" which many believe but for "First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders" and was officially launched in 1951 at the New York Boat show where they showcased the use of steel in yacht building which was a new and emerging technology in yacht building and not being used in the US where yachts were still being built in wood, think "Trumpy Yachts". In the mid-1950's a series of mergers began that ended in 1966 with just 2 yards remaining, De Vries and Van Lent plus De Voogt Naval Architects.
Feadship's use of steel and full displacement hulls made them known from the start as offshore long range cruising yachts. Feadships have stood the test of time and proven themselves to be excellent investments. Feadships built in the 60's, 70's and 80's are selling for very close to there original costs and are still exploring the world. In recent years there have been a number of Explorer and Expedition yachts build by Feadship that have circumnavigated the globe and are still doing so.
If you are looking for a world cruising yacht built in steel, having proven seaworthiness and world class finishing no matter the age or size, Feadships should be considered.