The owners were so proud of their new pleasure craft that they turned its naming ceremony into a truly memorable, royal-type event. There were guests from all over the world and hundreds of personnel attending. The new yacht even enjoyed its own "guard of honor" comprised of members of the Light Infantry. The owner flew them in specifically to welcome Kahalani with bugle sounds, like royalty. It was a Saturday, on January 16, 2010.
The new Feadship was luckier than most pleasure craft in its category. Instead of going from owner to owner, with multiple refits, transformations, and name changes, the awe-inspiring vessel enjoyed stability for more than a decade. Throughout this entire time, it has had one owner and the same captain and chief engineer since day one. Even better – the captain's wife is also the yacht's purser (the administrative and financial manager), and the duo has stayed loyal to Kahalani this entire time.
This decade-old Feadship also boasts its original interiors, and they are truly worth admiring. You might think that Kahalini is most likely outdated, especially because it never had to deal with the stringent demands of the charter market. Still, you'd be pleasantly surprised to discover how tings really area. Kahalani is almost shockingly contemporary, bold, and glamorous. If it were to compete today against younger models, there's no doubt it would snatch a few design awards. In fact, Kahalani is already an award winner.
Back in 2011, after its debut, it won the Interior Design Award for displacement motor yachts in the 100-199 feet category at the prestigious Showboat Design Awards. The one who created these award-winning interiors was the Paris-based Remi Tessier, one of the masters of superyacht design. Everything from the loose furnishings to the smallest decor item was a bespoke creation carefully added by Tessier.
Although highly sophisticated and even sumptuous, Kahalani was ultimately meant to operate as a family pleasure craft, which is why its configuration mimics the comfort of a vast mansion. Out of the six en-suite staterooms, one was specifically designed as a children's room. As you would expect from a 55-meter vessel with an 891 GT, it can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests and a huge 13-person crew.
The configuration includes two spacious salons (the bridge deck one is full-beam, which is a rare feature for typical superyachts). The same deck houses a spectacular circular setup for formal indoor and outdoor dining, boasting a huge round table for 12 and sophisticated semi-circular sliding doors made of glass. Outside, these doors lead to large exterior areas for lounging and taking in the views.
As powerful as it is stylish, Kahalani was built for performance. It was designed in-house by Feadship's De Voogt naval architects, famous for their engineering innovations. The massive vessel carries enough fuel to cover more than 5,600 nautical miles (10,300 km). Its twin Caterpillar engines allow it to hit 15 knots (27.7 kph). Despite the exclusive private ownership, this Feadship was also built to MCA and complies with several yachting classifications that enable charter operations.