The 94-meter vessel is maneuvered across a bridge in Woubrugge during the tricky journey. Courtesy Tom van Oossanen, “They [the two shipyards] are actually quite far from the North Sea, so to transport the yachts to sea, they need to pass a small canal to Rotterdam,” he explains. “There’s only one way to go.” Some parts of the canals along the route are only a few feet wider than Project 817, which spans 44.7 feet from port to starboard, so to say the transfer required great care and attention is something of an understatement.
“This boat has been fully designed to actually fit the waterway,” says Oossanen, pointing out that he’s only ever seen four superyachts of this size taking this same journey. “So they [the designers] probably couldn’t add another centimeter to her length or another centimeter to her width. “They maximized the design by using the limitations of bridges and waterways, which is quite interesting,” Feadship says the duration of a transfer is dependent on several different factors, such as the winds and bridge schedules, and can take between two to four days. The transportation of Project 817 took around four days.
A superyacht is usually guided to sea by a team of five experts and a crew on board, according to Feadship. Courtesy Tom van Oossanen During the first stage of the operation, Viva was moved from the Kaag Island shipyard to Lake Braassemermeer, which was fitted with pontoons to raise it up, thus ensuring it wasn’t too deep to maneuver through the canals.