The 214-foot motoryacht Trident was among the first yachts to be managed by the Feadship shipyard’s new charter division.
First Impression: Trident
Date toured: December 2009
The 214-foot Feadship Trident launched in July 2009 to much fanfare, as any large, custom-built motoryacht should. CharterWave previously published this interview with charter broker Ann Landry of Northrop & Johnson after she spent a few days onboard Trident in the Bahamas. I got aboard not long after Landry for a luncheon and tour, which let me get this exclusive interview with chef Simon Ben Jones—as well as a personal look around this yacht that has so many industry watchers so excited.
Trident has all the great stuff one should expect and demand of a yacht that charters in the rarefied weekly base rate range of $450,000 to €450,000. The décor by Donald Starkey is memorably modern, the elevator encased in travertine marble accesses all decks, and the pair of 22-foot Chris-Craft tenders are painted a sexy gunmetal gray to stand out in any harbor. The formal dining table comfortably seats 14 even though the limit for overnight guests is 12, just in case you want to invite a favorite couple back to the boat for dinner. On the sundeck, frameless glass wind breakers surround the sunpads forward of the hot tub, so excessive breeze won’t encroach on your peaceful relaxation.
It seems as though no detail has been overlooked, including in the gymnasium, where extra air conditioning is piped in through a special system to prevent recycled air, and where a cutout section above the treadmill ensures that even the tallest people will be able to jog (I watched a 6-foot-5 man do so as an example).
Beyond the décor and details, though, Trident offers the luxury of choices that smaller yachts typically cannot. The master suite is on the main deck, as is the VIP cabin, while belowdecks are an additional five guest cabins—four of which can convert into suites of their own. Thus, charter parties of various sizes can enjoy different configurations of the sleeping arrangements. Three couples can enjoy three suites, for instance. Even with a full boat of six couples, an additional cabin can remain available should a snorer need to be secluded.
I was also happy to see the high quality of the crew accommodations. A yacht that charters in this price range requires top-notch service, and happy crew are most likely to provide it. To that end, Trident has a crew lounge in addition to a crew mess for its 14 workers, plus a small convertible cabin for a supernumerary such as a security guard that a charter guest might want to have onboard.
Trident is not the largest yacht available in the world for charter, but at her U.S. debut during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October 2009, she became the largest boat ever to tie up at the face dock at Bahia Mar—a marina that welcomes countless megayachts on an annual basis. That detail alone should tell you what a special yacht Trident is. When combined with excellent amenities and a well-chosen, well-cared-for crew, this yacht has no reason not to live up to her price point.
Feadship Charter Division manages Trident for charter. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin