It takes a heck of a lot of resources to get a superyacht seaworthy. Serious money, human resources, and time are spent making sure the luxury ships can withstand extreme ocean swells—yet still provide enough comfort for passengers so they can feel safe in what is essentially a floating hunk of metal in the sea.
In this dramatically sped-up timelapse video, Netherlands-based superyacht company Feadship shows the fascinating process behind how one of their superyachts gets manufactured:
The superyacht in question is the Feadship Lonian, an 87-meter long, 13.8-meter high ship which can hold up to 12 guests and 50,000 liters of water before sinking, in case the worst were to happen.
Starting with the one half of the ship, the Lonian is constructed in a shipyard before being welded. Once the first half is finished, the ship is removed from the building and rotated to make space so the other half can be completed.
Meanwhile, the top-level portions of the Lonian are worked on separately. Three extra levels on top of the base ship make up this particular superyacht, with each level being worked on in a different warehouse. Once each level is complete, they get shipped to the shipyard where the main body is located for final assembly.
Once the levels are assembled into place, the Lorian finally starts to take shape. The main body is whittled down to mimic the design of the upper layers while a fresh coat of paint makes everything look a lot classier.
The Lorian then goes on a cross-country cruise to another warehouse, where final construction details are completed: paneling is placed, glass panes are fitted, and even a Jacuzzi can be seen being installed.
Finally, the Lonian is removed from the Feadship warehouse and fitted with a comms array to make it seaworthy for the next customer in line. Head over to Feadship to learn more about their impressive portfolio of superyachts.