De Voogt Naval Architects in Holland commence design work on 'Project 603', a classic 88ft 'Feadship' motor yacht for an Italian owner. The proposed length is soon increased to 94ft and then 106ft as the owner enhances the specification.
The new yacht, named 'Aldebaran', is certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping while under construction at the de Vries Shipyard in Aalmeer. She is blessed by the local priest and launched with due ceremony before undergoing successful sea trials and then delivery to her owners, stated in documents as The Mexican Gulf Shipping Co. S.A Panama. Her delivery price is a minimum 2,600.000 Dutch Guilders exclusive of taxes and specification adjustments.
Merrill Stevens Shipyard refit
An extensive refit takes place at the Miami-based Merrill Stevens Shipyard, including converting the exhaust from dry stack to wet and a new laundry is fitted.
Re-named ‘Heavenly Daze’
A new logo for the yacht is painted freehand on the port side of the funnel and the design filled in with rolled gold.
Top deck extension
A refit at the Amico Shipyard in Genoa incorporates the extension of the top deck and where the life raft and passarelle were formerly stored, a unique deck space is created for entertaining.
Monaco Marine refit
Heavenly Daze underwent a refit at Monaco Marine near Marseille and the top deck underwent a further transformation with the teak decking extended all the way to the funnel.
Pendennis boatyard refit
The yacht was refitted at Pendennis in Falmouth, with interior design by Wetzels Brown Partners. Her classic details were sensitively retained while enhancing modern comfort and updating technology and safety standards. The twin guest cabins were redesigned to be easily converted to either twins or doubles. The dining options were significantly enhanced with a new interior dining table that doubles as a work space or games table and can also be transferred to the spacious top deck.
Launch of Feadship Heritage Fleet
The Feadship Heritage Fleet, an association for the owners of Feadships that are more than thirty years old, was launched during Monaco Classic Week. The new Feadship Heritage Fleet emblem was unveiled on two Feadships present, one of which was Heavenly Daze who also had the honour of serving as the committee boat for the classic regatta.