The Highlander Rides Again

Iconic 151-foot Feadship re-launches after extensive refit at Derecktor shipyard.

Feadship motoryacht The Highlander

The Highlander in her original, pre-refit form.

Few megayachts are as instantly recognizable as the 151-foot Feadship The Highlander, which launched in 1986 as the vision of media mogul Malcolm Forbes. The green-hulled beauty has just re-launched at the Derecktor yard following an extensive refit, with delivery to her owners scheduled for mid-February.

The Highlander was designed by groundbreaking naval architect Jon Bannenberg and built with a steel hull for long-range cruising. Onboard guests have included everyone from Robert De Niro to Margaret Thatcher, all of whom had access to oversized conference and gathering rooms for events and meetings.

The new owners who commissioned the refit added 12 feet to the yacht's stern, giving The Highlander — which now will be known simply as Highlander — a more contemporary transom design. The sundeck also was extended to add more guest relaxation areas. Indoors, the main deck was stripped and remade for private cruising instead of corporate entertaining, and a contemporary décor was installed. Also new are zero-speed stabilizers, an updated audiovisual system, an eco-friendly sewage system and an upgraded pilothouse.

Highlander will be available for charter through Feadship. Learn more at