First launched in 1957, De Vrouwe Christina holds an important position in the boat building history of the iconic Feadship shipyard.
Inspired by the Dutch ‘Tajik’ barges, she is the only vessel of her kind to have been built by the award-winning yard and, thanks to extensive refits in 2002 and 2017, and a dedicated maintenance record, she is now offered for sale in impeccable condition.
With a gaff-rigged motor sailor configuration, De Vrouwe Christina is exceptionally seaworthy and can also boast a shallow draft – permitting her access to the more secluded bays and anchorages. An excellent cruising vessel, with up-to-date technical and navigational equipment, her current owners have proven her capabilities in visiting the waters of Alaska, New England and South America in recent years.
De Vrouwe Christina offers three well-appointed and luxurious cabins with a full-beam master suite aft and two twin cabins for guests forward. Her interior is modern and features varnished birds-eye maple with custom detailing.
De Vrouwe Christina has many noteworthy artistic features and with her unique style she attracts admiring smiles from onlookers in any harbour. Wide, open decks and a protected wheelhouse offer great versatility, accented by timeless stainless steel hardware.
This stunning 28m yacht is truly one-of-a-kind and presents an exciting opportunity to acquire not only a yacht of superb pedigree and ability, but also an official member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet.
The De Vrouwe Christina (DVC) was commissioned by Crawford Failey, a well-known professor of Medicine in New England, who modeled her after the traditional Dutch “Tjalk” vessels. Tjalks were often used as cargo barges, a popular shallow draft design with lots of stability and volume. When gaff rigged, they were known as spritsail barges, and that, was the inspiration.
Launched in September of 1957 and arriving to New York in January 1958, DVC spent several years exploring the intercoastal waterway and the Bahamas. In the 1980’s she was sold to James Ryder of Ryder Trucking fame. He was so impressed with DVC, that he went on to build two Feadship’s of his own. Another owner sailed her across the Atlantic Ocean six times under the watch of an English captain.
Eventually, DVC ended up in Saint Maarten, where she was purchased by the current owners in 2002. Immediately after the purchase, she underwent a three-year total restoration, launching again in 2005. Over the following years she travelled to: Canada , Caribbean, Central America, Panama, Alaska, Bahamas, and she cruised the entire east coast of the USA.
Mr. Failey commissioned original wood carvings by the famous Dutch sculptor Anton Fortuin (1880-1967).
- The entire interior was completely rebuilt
- 2/3 of the hull was totally replaced with .8CM laser-cut A-Grade steel in the Netherlands
- All welding was done by Canadian welders
- (2) New Perkins engines were installed
- Ginton Naval Architects from the Netherlands did the design work
2016/2017 Refit included:
- Everything from the galley forward to the bow was removed.
- Crew quarters was redesigned for better layout and more privacy for the owner/guests and the crew.
- The interior and exterior of the wheelhouse was redesigned and rebuilt
- All electric and pluming was removed and totally renewed.
- All navigation-systems have been replaced with state of the art navigational equipment.
- The entire engine room was redesigned. Everything has been put in new, except for the engines.
- Lots of other interior and exterior work was done.
- As a safety feature, many redundant systems have been added - Dual Nav Stations, Generators, Watermakers
- SRF Shipyard in the Netherlands did the work
- Naval Architecture was done by Olivier van Meer Design
She is currently in pristine condition.
The Wheelhouse on the De Vrouwe Christina (DVC) is stunning. The entire structure is fully-varnished Teak with incredible carvings on the exterior. There is a U-shaped full beam seating area aft, with a hydraulically adjustable table with two leaves. It sits on a raised platform and the hydraulic cylinder/ram allows it to raise up and down, going low enough to turn the entire area into a large bed for 2 people. The aft part of the wheelhouse is open air with canvass and plexiglass covers providing protection.
There are beautiful mahogany varnished doors on both sides of the wheelhouse providing access to the starboard and port-side decks. A small built-in bench just inside and forward of the wheelhouse door provides seating along the port side. Starboard of the helm is another built-in bench, which faces aft towards the raised U-shaped seating area. The leather Stidd helm chair is center line and gives the captain a full 360-degree view. The helm console is neatly organized and professionally engineered. On the dash, to the right of the helm is a large rectangular varnished wooden box, which conceals a flat screen TV, which is raised and lowered by hand with the assistance of safety (arm) supports to offset the weight.
The helm and controls are center line with excellent visibility in all directions. There is a pair of thrusters, bow and stern, for ease of maneuverability. DVC’s Electronics are mainly Raymarine and are fully updated. The varnished teak interior is in amazing condition. The entire wheelhouse is fully climate controlled with cooling and heating options depending on your latitude.
The main salon is entered from the port side of the wheel house, down a set of polished stainless-steel stairs. It is immediately clear that her interior has a unique “wow” factor. The modern styling is a dramatic shift from the traditional exterior and varnished wheelhouse. There is a sophisticated European feel to the light-colored interior, which has Birds-Eye Maple walls and contrasting dark floors with a unique light-colored inlay around the perimeter of each room.
The Main Salon is full beam and features a large screen TV and a beautiful varnished game table with butterfly leaves and adjustable height. It is flanked by a pair of modern leather wing back chairs and a pair of stools, which you can pull up to the table to play games or enjoy a meal. There are unique carved decorations, antique paintings, and famous artist sketches on the walls. The room is bright and cheerful due to the number of large windows and skylights in this area. The salon windows on the sides of the salon open and allow you bring fresh air into this room. There is a clever built-in navigation desk at the bottom of the wheelhouse stairs which has a decorative carving on the port side that doubles as a handrail for the wheelhouse stairs.
The Master Cabin is all the way aft, full beam, and down another set of polished stainless-steel stairs. The light Birds-Eye Maple wood theme continues, and the walls feature beautiful bronze portholes with the “DVC” logo etched into the glass. There are two large double beds on opposite sides of the cabin, in a mirror image configuration. The ceiling is tall and the room is light and open. The décor is fun, featuring a modern style stainless steel clock, weather instruments, antique paintings, and a modern globe on the shelf above the beds.
The master bath is forward on the port side with grey marble and modern-styled hardware accents. The shower and head have marble floors and the shower floor has a beautiful nautically inspired inlay.
Midship Lower Salon and Galley Area
You enter the lower salon down another set of polished stainless-steel stairs. The salon is attached to the galley with a comfortable country kitchen style layout. There is a modern Yamaha player piano, a dining booth for six and beautiful colored marble throughout. The dining table is marble, which connects to the galley counter and wraps around to the cooktop and other equipment. Modern Miele appliances are throughout.
There are multiple portholes and portlights which bring natural light into this area. On the forward part of the starboard side, there is another built-in desk and a large flat screen TV. There is also unique vintage artwork on the walls and large varnished butterfly hatch bringing lots of natural light into this room.
Forward of the lower salon and on the starboard side is the Pantry/Day Head. The current owner converted it into a pantry by adding shelving and a freezer. The ceiling fan, wiring, and plumbing still exist from its original configuration and could easily be converted back to a day head for another owner.
VIP Cabin 1
Moving forward from the lower salon down the centerline hallway, the VIP cabin is on the port side. There is a built-in double bed, a desk with multiple drawers and a hanging closet for clothes. Again, lots of natural light is brought in by multiple portholes and portlights.
The VIP head has a creative design where glass doors allow you to isolate the center part of the room keeping the head and sink dry, while using the shower. The modern design and hardware give this area a great feel.
Depending on the operational style of the owner, there is a third cabin which can work as an additional guest cabin, for an owner that is prepared to run with only one crew member, or as an additional captain/crew cabin. The layout and live aboard feel of DVC make this reality as a guest cabin and is further supported by her having a bow and stern thruster, for easy maneuverability when docking. The double-bed in this cabin can be converted into a pair of bunk beds, or a comfortable sofa. This cabin would share the crew head, as does not have a dedicated head or shower but converting the pantry back to a day-head would offer a partial solution.
An owner wanting less work and more service would dedicate this area to a crew member or crew couple.
Crew Lounge and Head
Just forward of the Guest/Crew cabin is the crew lounge area which is comfortable and well-appointed. There is a bench seat and table, cook top, oven, refrigerator, washer dryer, sink and counter on the starboard side. In addition, there is a flat screen TV and ships monitoring systems. Separate crew stairs also gives the Owner more privacy.
The crew head has the same unique door system as the VIP head, where glass doors allow you to isolate the shower area and keep the head and sink dry. It’s a very ingenious design.
There is a beautiful set of Mahogany stairs between the Crew lounge and the forward crew cabin (#4) which gives the crew separate access to the main deck, alleviating the need to walk through the main living space on board the vessel.
Forward Crew Cabin
The fourth cabin on board DVC is to port with is a single bed, desk, flat screen TV, and natural light from the porthole/portlights.