Boat Name: THE HIGHLANDER
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hull Material: Steel
Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
Offered for sale for the first time by the family that imagined, then ordered her construction.
Built by Feadship at the de Vries shipyard, she offers the highest quality Dutch construction with the superb styling of world renowned Jon Bannenberg. With five staterooms including a full beam master, there is also the option of converting the main deck Observation Room into a sixth stateroom. She offers all the luxurious amenities one would expect from this high quality, full displacement hull with great sea keeping abilities, to a helipad for quick arrival or departure.
This iconic Bannenberg designed Feadship has been effectively used to entertain corporate CEO’s, Executives, Heads of State, and Royalty by the Forbes Family and Forbes Magazine.
“The Highlander” has cruised around the world including the Pacific Rim, Saint Petersburg Russia, Alaska, the Amazon, Caribbean, and America. She is known Worldwide as the Ultimate Capitalist Tool.
The Highlander is the sort of vessel which breaks records simply by existing. The year 1986 saw Malcolm Forbes take delivery of his fourth Feadship (and fifth yacht named The Highlander) which represented a revolutionary change of course in design terms. The story of how this 46-meter masterpiece came about has become legendary at the yard responsible, De Vries. Three years earlier, the firm of De Voogt Naval Architects, was working on the final stages of a design for another classic canoe-stern yacht for Malcolm. At this juncture Malcolm visited Holland to discuss the contract and took a tour of the yard with Bieb de Vries. “Sir, you should take a look here,” said Bieb. As they rounded the corner, the ultra-modern 44.80-meter "Azteca", designed by Jon Bannenberg, came into view. Malcolm gasped in wonder, "Oh my God”, he said adding half-jokingly, “but we have to paint it green.”
"Azteca" was very near completion, and seeing her made Malcolm completely change his mind about his new boat. Although "Azteca" was considered extreme and radical at the time, Bannenberg was duly asked to create a ‘Capitalist Tool’ version (in green!) for Malcolm. This is a specially interesting shape: Years later, when the famous Carlo Riva was working on a project at de Vries, he stated that The Highlander was the loveliest modern interpretation of a classic stern he had ever seen.
In addressing Malcolm Forbes and the rest of the crowd at the christening of The Highlander, Bannenberg revealed—perhaps unknowingly—why he’d gained a reputation as one of the true gentlemen of the yacht business: “If it weren’t for owners wanting to build, none of us would be here today. It’s a very important thing—never to be forgotten—that all of these wonderful things we have done start with one person’s imagination. Great honor to be involved with your imagination, Malcolm.”
The Highlander was designed by Fritz De Voogt with a steel hull for maximum comfort and global cruising. The traffic flow in the interior received special attention. Since the yacht would mostly be used for corporate entertainment by Forbes Magazine, the space planning was such that one could wander around the boat on a continuous tour without having to re-trace one’s steps.
While Dutch naval architect, Fritz De Voogt supervised the construction, world- renowned Jon Bannenberg was designing the smooth lines of the vessel and interior. If the vessel breathes luxury, but the physical welfare of guests is not up to scratch, then the whole point would be lost. Comfort in its widest sense, for guests and crew on The Highlander, is as important as the engines and navigation equipment.
An eclectic selection of maritime works from the Forbes Collection can be found throughout The Highlander. Designer Jon Bannenberg’s curly maple veneers and creamy leather make a handsome setting, while state-of-the-art climate controls and security systems make it a comfortable and safe one as well.
In the first Feadship video produced on 35 mm film in 1986, Malcolm was quoted prior to the launch: “it is a privilege to be able to do business with the best”, he says, then off-screen came the words... “and I don’t get a discount for saying this!”
The Highlander was built completely to owner's specs and is not a cookie cutter mega-yacht, making it a true original in all ways, incorporating the best from a top builder, a dynamic naval architect, and an owner who knew what he wanted.
Malcolm Forbes always loved boats and being on the water, and after WWII bought his first one, a Chris Craft. Like most of what he did in life, he mixed business and pleasure, and showed that life is meant to be lived fully. He visited this boat many times during the building phase, taking pleasure as it grew and was finally launched in 1986.
This Highlander embodies that life-loving spirit in a gracious, subtle way. You know you are on a boat that is still modern and not an aging relic fitted out with dreary living room furniture and embellishments from a local interior design firm. The Highlander is instead the embodiment of style and not fashion, and reflects fully an ageless sense of well-being and comfort. Never intended for charter, it has always been associated with Forbes and the family.
After Malcolm's death in 1990, his four sons, Steve, Bob, Kip and Tim continued their father’s tradition of corporate entertaining on the boat, as well as taking some personal time with guests and friends. Their dedication to the boat’s continued upkeep due to its importance to their work at Forbes is quickly seen in the extensive list of repairs, updates, replacements and refurbishments.
The Highlander is a unique gem in the yacht world, and has hosted countless heads of state, dignitaries, presidents, and corporate titans in its full life. The new owner will become part of yachting history while having the chance to make this great boat reflect their own personality.
Sleeps 14 in five staterooms.
Master Stateroom sleeps three with a queen plus a single to starboard.
Four guest staterooms with twin beds; three of these cabins have Pullman berths.
Additionally, the Observation Room has entry doors that close for privacy and could easily be used as a VIP with pullout twin beds and en-suite head and shower.
Located on the lower level aft is the Master Stateroom:
It is entered from the private entrance on the starboard side deck/aft salon doorway down a stairway or from the main entrance stairway down to the guest stateroom companionway. The Master Stateroom is equipped with a queen size bed on centerline, from the forward bulkhead, with a single bed to starboard. There is a large L-shaped seating area up one step on centerline aft, with a large window in the transom and three opening ports on the starboard side. There is a very large and deep closet with drawers as well. All ports have electrically operated curtains.
The Master bathroom is to port with three large opening ports, a large two person Jacuzzi tub, toilet, bidet, and a luxurious marble sink/vanity. Continuing forward from the master head is a marble steam room that can accommodate up to five, with facing bench seats and a shower. You can also exit/enter this steam room from the guest stateroom companionway.
Continuing forward from the Master Stateroom are four Guest Staterooms en-suite.
All four staterooms have twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. Three of the staterooms have bath tubs with showers and one has a shower only. Additionally, three of these staterooms are equipped with a single Pullman berth.
The port aft guest “Burgundy” stateroom has twin beds with a Pullman berth for a third person. There are two opening ports, a closet, and a night stand between the beds with drawer storage underneath both. The bathroom is equipped with a toilet and shower, and marble sink stand with mirrored cabinet.
Directly opposite is the starboard aft guest “Grey” stateroom which has twin beds with a Pullman berth for a third person. There are two opening ports, a closet, and a night stand between the beds with drawer storage underneath both. The bathroom is equipped with toilet and tub with shower, and marble sink stand with mirrored cabinet.
Moving forward on the port side is a stairway up to the Main Salon entrance of the yacht. Directly across from this stairway is a Steward's locker.
Forward of the Steward's locker is the guest “Blue” stateroom which has twin beds with a Pullman berth for a third person. There are two opening ports, a closet, and a night stand between the beds with drawer storage underneath both. The bathroom is equipped with toilet and tub with shower, and marble sink stand with mirrored cabinet.
Opposite, is the forward Port guest “White” stateroom which has twin beds. There are two opening ports, a closet, and a night stand between the beds with drawer storage underneath both. The bathroom is equipped with a toilet and tub with shower, and marble sink stand with mirrored cabinet.
Between these two forward guest staterooms is the custom built-in climate controlled wine cellar with racks for one hundred and fifty bottles and room for ten full cases of wine as well. This completes the lower level Guest/Master Stateroom area.
Fantail Salon/Aft Deck
The Fantail Salon can be accessed via port and starboard wing doors with water tight capabilities. With wrap around seating at the aft section of the fantail, this fully enclosed aft deck is the perfect venue for entertaining. The full beam width and teak decks are complimented by a wet bar in the port forward corner with an icemaker and fridge with blue Lapis base and counter top. There is an aft center exit for Mediterranean-style mooring, port and starboard through deck hatch access to lazzarette, aft steering, and deck storage. Port and starboard windlasses are well hidden behind the seating.
Of particular interest on the aft deck are the five dioramas by A. Clark.
"On the Banks"
Fishing Schooner / Benjamin W. Latham, circa 1920
Whaling Bark / Charles W. Morgan, New Bedford, Mass. 1841
"First Day Out"
Boston Tow Boat Co., Maintenance Yard, circa 1900
Steam Tugs: “Dione” and “Vim”
“Whaling Scene of the Small Whaling Brigantine “Katy”
Encased in plexiglass, each serves as a functional cocktail table and endless point of conversation.
Taking the level of interest even higher, the aft deck is host to a recessed wall display case that features extraordinary scale models of the five Highlanders.
Forward of the Aft Deck on centerline is the entrance to the Main Salon.
Entry into the Main Salon from the Fantail Salon provides the perfect segue into the luxury of The Highlander. This spacious full beam area has extra-large windows both port and starboard affording a bright and airy feeling, and welcoming you to one of the numerous distinctive seating areas that are perfect for entertaining. There is L-shaped, built-in seating in the port aft corner with large windows port and starboard. The entertainment center is just to starboard, and the aft starboard corner door opens to a private stairway down to the Master Stateroom as well as access out to the starboard side deck.
Moving forward to Starboard leads to the Main Salon entrance doorway with teak and holly sole and a large day head. To port is an access down a stairway to the four Guest and Master Staterooms, or up to the Sundeck.
Continuing forward to starboard is the Amidships Salon area with four "conversation" seating groups that are cleverly arranged to provide a breathtaking view out the starboard windows. There are two sets of library shelves here as well as built-in tables.
Opposite and to port is the Dining Salon featuring a mahogany table that comfortably seats twelve for sumptuous meals. This area features integrated architectural details such as two mahogany pilasters framing the Dining Salon entrance, and a stained-glass door that is cleverly set in the Dining Salon ceiling, all from Queen Victoria’s Royal Yacht "Osborne".
Forward of the Dining Salon is access to the Serving Pantry.
The Serving Pantry features a Hobart LX18 commercial dishwasher, Amana commercial RFS11B microwave oven, U-Line ice maker, large double stainless steel sinks with stainless steel filler in case you need additional counter space for food preparation and plating, six full-size custom built-in refrigerators/freezers, many cabinets and drawers for glassware, china, and silverware storage.
Forward of the Serving Pantry is a Laundry Room with two commercial high efficiency washers and two commercial high efficiency dryers. Next to the Laundry Room is a stairway to the Engine Room and Crew area and just forward is an access stairway up to the Pilothouse, or continuing forward to the port side access to the foredeck via a quick-acting water tight door. The Pantry and Galley were completely rebuilt in 2000 including new stainless wall coverings and new refrigerators and freezers as well as all new appliances. While The Highlander provides the perfect accommodations for a formal dinner for twelve, it can just as easily accommodate more than one hundred and fifty guests for a "black tie" affair.
Forward of the group seating area in the main salon and up five steps is the Observation Room with "panoramic views" via windows on three sides, featuring a large u-shaped seating area. There is a starboard side quick-acting water tight door to the foredeck, and a full head and shower are connected to this room. By closing the doors and pulling out the stow away bed/berth, this is easily converted to a VIP cabin making The Highlander a six stateroom vessel (as mentioned before).
Upper Deck Level
Starting aft are the two tenders, a custom built 22’ Donzi on the port side and a custom built 19’ Cigarette to starboard with davits to launch them. Between these two tenders is a boat locker with seating on top.
Forward of this area are four small seating areas facing forward. From the outside port aft corner of the Sundeck a stairway leads up to the top deck, with great viewing opportunities. This upper level also serves as a fully functioning helipad, accommodating the Bell Jet Ranger III helicopter which is painted in “The Highlander” green with gold paint highlights (not included in this offering but possibly available for purchase).
Full teak decks on the exterior were replaced in 2005.
The Sundeck is just forward with double opening doors, facing L-shaped built-in settees aft to port and starboard. It is another spacious area and is dramatically enclosed in glass with electrically operated curtains. Forward and to starboard is a built-in wet bar and a larger open area forward with a teak and holly sole that can be used for dining or dancing. All the way forward to starboard is a storage locker; forward of the Sundeck dining/dance floor to port is a companionway that leads to a Day Head and continues forward to the Radio Room, then the Chart Room, and ends at the Pilothouse.
Pilothouse and Captain's Cabin
The graciously laid out helm comes with all the latest necessities one would expect from a yacht of this caliber. One can admire the navigational skills of the Captain from the observation settee for visitors. From the helm you can access the forward walk-around side decks and port and starboard wing control stations.
Aft of the helm and to starboard is the Captain’s Cabin with en-suite head and shower. There is also a Pullman berth which could sleep one person if necessary. The cabin is fully equipped and finished similarly to the owner’s and guest cabins. Other amenities include a built-in desk, extra-large hanging locker with huge storage behind, night stand, safe, and entertainment center with TV and stereo.
Mr. Forbes personally saw to it that the crew would be comfortable, and stated, “Many boat owners invest a fortune in the hardware, but they economize on crew accommodations”. It was his belief that if you have an unhappy crew, you don’t have a good yacht.
The Crew Quarters have five cabins and sleeps ten (plus Captain’s cabin that sleeps two aft of helm) which are located forward of the Engine Room and accessible from stairs leading down from the Pilothouse or from the Pantry forward of the Dining Salon.
There is also an additional Pullman berth in the laundry area for an extra 1thirteenth crew member.
There is an exceptionally large lounge area for crew dining and relaxation on the starboard side, forward of the engine and utility rooms. To port is the Galley.
The fully equipped gourmet Galley is completely done in stainless steel and high-end commercial appliances. This Galley is very capable and has produced intimate dinners for two as well as gourmet meals for 150.
The Galley Equipment includes:
Large commercial cook-top/grill
2 Lang ovens with eight burners and large griddle surafce; one convection and one conventional
Halo Heat hot box
Lang dual basket deep fryer
Gaylord overhead extractor with automatic Ansul fire suppressor
Hobart LX18 dishwasher
Alto-Shaam Halo Heat cook and hold
Two Whirlpool convection ovens
U-Line ice maker
4 full size custom built-in refrigerators/freezers
Commercial Hobart mixer
Capable of worldwide cruising, the ship is powered by twin GM 16V149N diesels. The 1,800 combined horsepower diesels deliver The Highlander an average cruising speed of 12.5 knots with a top speed of 14.1 knots. The ship has a fresh water capacity of 5,000 gallons, and its two water makers produce 3,600 gallons per day of fresh water. Its fuel capacity is 19,700 gallons, providing The Highlander with a cruising range of over 4,000 nautical miles.
Many thousands of guests have toured The Highlander and its engine room,where the quality of finish in the Engine Room is a highlight.
A recent quote from Ico Vergouwe of Feadship – De Vries Makkum:
“Thanks for the great pictures of The Highlander engine room. Looking at them it seems the kit is well maintained and clean. This always says something about the crew taking care of her.”
208 volt 3 phase 300 amp. 60HZ, 120 volt 60 HZ, 24 volt DC.
Shipboard power management system to Imtech/Gensys Unit (2008)
Shore Power 208 volt 3 phase 300 amp. 60HZ
Four master volt mass chargers 24 volt on all battery banks
Generator Control: Imtech/Gensys
Generators: (2) Detroit Diesel 6-71N Engines with 150kw Stamford-Newage generators
Bridge Electronics and Equipment
Raytheon M34 ARPA Radar
Furuno F-2020 Radar
Icom IC M602 VHF Radio
Furuno FM8500 Radiotelephone
Northstar 941x GPS (2)
Datamarine Offshore Depthsounder (2)
Sperry ADG 4000 Autopilot (2)
Sperry 670 Autopilot (OEM)
Sperry MK 37 Gyro Compass
Sperry SR 220 Gyro Compass (decom)
Anshutz Rudder Angle Indicator
Sperry SRD 331 Speed Log
Raymarine ST60 Wind Speed Indicator
Raytheon RAY 400 Loudhailer
Furuno FA-100 AIS
Eltek Integrated Fire/Smoke Alarm Panel
Imtech Ricom 3000 Master Alarm Local Operator Panel
Transas Navigation System
JRC NCR 300A Navtex Weather Fax
JRC NQE 3006A Telex Distress Signal (Inmarsat-B)
JRC NQE 3005A Voice Distress Signal (Inmarsat-B) w/handset
JRC Inmarsat Ship/Earth Station w/printer and keyboard
Sailor BCN 1404 SSB Radio
Pioneer P3700MP Stereo System w/ (2) Pioneer TS A1671R Speakers
Panasonic KXT Hybrid Digital Phone/Intercom System
Panasonic Security System w/remote locations & computer hard drive recording
Seiko QM-20 Marine Quartz Chronograph Clock
Dell Desktop Computer w/15” LCD Monitor
Dell Desktop Computer – Transas Chart System w/ (2) 17” Monitors
HP C 7280 All-in-One Printer
Chart Storage w/US East Coast, Great Lakes, and Caribbean Charts
23” Toshiba flat panel TV (Sundeck and Crew Mess)
20” Toshiba flat panel TV (Main Salon)
18” Toshiba flat panel TV (Observation lounge, and Master Cabin)
13” Phillips color TV (Galley)
20” JVC TV/DVD combo (Captain’s Cabin)
19” RCA TV/DVD combo (Crew Room)
19” Dynex TV (Crew Room)
13” Toshiba TV/DVD (Crew Room)
Yamaha HTR 5830 stereo receiver (Main Salon)
Yamaha RX461 stereo receiver
Sony Am-Fm cassette ZX-7 (One each guest cabin)
Sony MHC 3600 component system (Master Cabin)
Toshiba HD-DVD Player HD-XA2 (Master Cabin, Sundeck, Main Salon, Observation lounge, Crew Mess)
Samsung DVD-VHS Combo Player (Crew Room)
Playstation 2 Gaming Console (Observation lounge) (Includes 2 game controllers, 8 games)
JVC Karaoke/music video player (Includes 2 Microphones and various discs)
RCA Am/Fm/CD portable radio
Offered for sale for the first time by the family that imagined and then ordered her construction.
Built by Feadship at the de Vries shipyard, The Highlander offers the highest quality Dutch construction with the superb styling of world renowned designer Jon Bannenberg. With five staterooms including a full beam master, there is also the option of converting the main deck Observation Room into a sixth stateroom. She offers all the luxurious amenities one would expect from this high quality, full displacement hull with great sea keeping abilities including a helipad for quick arrival or departure.
This iconic Bannenberg designed Feadship has been effectively used to entertain corporate CEO's, executives, heads of state, and royalty by the Forbes family and Forbes Magazine.
The Highlander has cruised around the world to places including the Pacific Rim, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Alaska, the Amazon, Caribbean, and the Americas. She is known worldwide as the ultimate "Capitalist Tool."
All art work is excluded from sale but owner would consider selling with vessel at additional cost. A detailed list is available upon request.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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