Project Ruya successfully completes sea trials

Our project Ruya underwent sea trials last week of March and exceeded her contractual max speed, reaching 15,5 knots. Ruya is one of the newly restyled models in Heesen’s 47-metre full displacement class under the 500GT .

The sistership to the award-winning 47 metre Elena, Project Ruya also boasts an enormous 85 square metre superyacht sundeck with space for working out, dining and relaxing. We have created an al fresco dining space on the upper deck aft, with seating on the main deck aft and foredeck to create a total of 180 square meters of outdoor deck space. Her folding transom door offers easy access to the water via a large swim platform and reveals a stern garage with room for a 6.5 metre tender and a 3 metre Yamaha Wave Runner.

Built on speculation, Project Ruya is offered for sale and will join the fleet of 47 metre Heesen Yachts which also includes Lady Petra and Elena.

Project Alida Sold!

Heesen Yachts has sold the YN 17755 Project Alida to an experienced boater.
Project Alida is a 55m fast displacement, steel-hulled motoryacht of 740GT. Omega Architects created an exterior design that emphasises the indoor-outdoor connection thanks to glass insertions in the bulwarks and the floor-to-ceiling windows in the sky lounge.

Vertical windows on the main deck, together with an original "shark tooth" design detailing on the overhang of the wheelhouse.

The clean and muscular exterior lines without fashion plates and structural support have been engineered and executed by Heesen in-house experts.

A contrast of the interiors is achieved by the consistent use of neutral hues found in open-grain white oak and different tones of wengé, taupe and grey leathers, wool carpets, and light textured suedes. White Arabescato and Grecale brown marble slabs emphasise the purity of the design.

Guests will be accommodated in six staterooms: five guest cabins on the lower deck, including a full-beam VIP, and the master suite traditionally located on the main deck forward.

With the tenders stored on the forward deck, a beach club is set into the lazarette.

Credits go to Asia Pacific Boating.

Amore Mio finalist at the WSA

Amore Mio is finalist at the WSA in the category: Semi-Displacement or Planing motor yachts - 40m and above.

Name: Amore Mio
Length: 45m
Builder: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Styling: Omega

The finalists are nominated in different categories Motor Yachts & Sailing Yachts in Interior, Exterior, Naval Architecture.
Our congratulations also go to other designers, naval architects and yachtbuilders!

Benetti expands semi-custom collection with Now Fast range

Benetti Fast Now Collection announced in Miami, Chris Jefferies wrote an article in Boat International.

Italian style and Dutch design come together in the new Benetti Now Fast range, which was announced at the the recent Yachts Miami Beach boat show.

The Italian yard unveiled three new semi-custom concepts that all feature exterior lines by Omega Architects.
The collection is comprised of three fast displacement yachts, the 50 metre BF164, the 56 metre BF184 and the 68 metre BF224 (pictured above).

Speaking about the new range, Frank Laupman of Omega Architects explained that this pan-European partnership was inspired by the International Style of architecture that emerged in the 1930s. “I think we are developing a common language together, which makes us both stronger,” he added.

All three yachts have been designed to achieve top speeds in excess of 20 knots, while retaining a Transatlantic cruising range at 12 knots. BF164 would be built entirely from aluminium, while BF184 and BF224 would feature a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

Benetti adds that BF224 is the most classically styled of the new range, with richly decorated surfaces, light oak woodwork and Tiffany blue accents.
Key features on this 68 metre yacht concept include a foredeck superyacht helipad and a choice between an open sundeck or a raised pilothouse. Exterior lounging spaces are numerous, with an upper deck spa pool and a large Jacuzzi on the aft deck. Tender storage has been moved to a foredeck locker, freeing up more space in the transom.

The Benetti Now Fast follows on from the Benetti Now collection, which was unveiled at last year's Monaco Yacht Show.

Benetti introduces Now FAST line

Charl van Rooy Superyachttimes'editor wrote an article about Omega Architects newest project announced at Miami Yachts!

During the 2017 Yachts Miami Beach show today, Benetti has announced that it is expanding its Now line of pre-developed and designed superyachts with a new FAST extension to the range. The new FAST models include three different variants measuring 50 metres, 56 metres, and 68 metres in length.
Benetti drafted a highly skilled team of designers to work together on each of the projects - Omega Architects for the exterior design.
Key features of the line guarantees comfort, performance, and speed.
Each unit will be highly customizable in terms of interior layout, decorative touches, and level of performance. The overall style of the interiors, however, will be focused on enhancing livability in a luxurious and contemporary environment.
In terms of performance, Mulder Design created a ultra efficient hull shape that is said to deliver improved performance by 30%. The two larger versions, 56 and 68 metres, will be built with a strong steel hull while the 50-metre project has been designed with a aluminium hull. The overall benefits of the unique hull form offers owners a higher cruising speed while consuming less fuel.


Benetti and Omega Architects announced their new BENETTI NOW FAST Line.

– The Benetti Now FAST designs join Benetti Now, custom superyachts over 50 meters, built from steel and aluminium
– The Benetti Now FAST superyachts stand out for having the same volume as displacement models of similar length, but with 30% more speed
– The Benetti Now FAST designs incorporate the finest yacht making technology developed over more than 140 years of history
– Every Benetti Now FAST model can be customised in terms of its layout, decor and engines

Benetti shipyard, the world’s leading builder of luxury superyachts, continues its mission to anticipate owners’ needs. Drawing on the company’s internationally renowned creativity and the broad range of technical skills gained over more than 140 years of leadership in the sector, the brand has extended its already numerous fleet by adding the new Benetti Now FAST designs to existing Benetti Now superyachts. Benetti Now custom superyachts over 50 meters, built from steel and aluminium, have aroused huge interest since their launch at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show and today they have doubled in number with the addition of the new FAST models.

The FAST project is for all owners who want a superyacht that has the volume and comfort typical of a displacement class yacht, but with more speed. The key feature of the designs is that they guarantee all the comfort found in the displacement category, plus superior performance and speed.

The Benetti Now FAST designs combine the characteristic elegance of Benetti yachts with more aggressively sporty lines, offering three different models: BF164’ (50 meters), BF184’ (56 meters) and BF224’ (68 meters).
Each model will also have an X variant (BF164’ X, BF 184’ X and BF 224’ X) to indicate the versions with a raised pilot house.

To create the Benetti Now FAST models, the shipyard put together a team of internationally renowned engineers and designers: Omega Architects created the yacht’s aggressive, dynamic contours, Mulder Design handled the naval architecture, creating a high performance hull to cruise at speed in total comfort.

The Benetti Now FAST designs offer a high level of customisation that continues the brand’s tradition of satisfying the needs and desires expressed by owners, offering them all the experience of a shipyard with 140 years of history. Extensive personalisation potential is offered on three different design levels: the exterior and interior layout – different versions with a closed sun deck or raised pilot house, but also custom layouts –, the highly flexible decor, and engines with various levels of performance.
Benetti Now FAST yachts, like their sisters in the Benetti Now project, will be built at Benetti’s Livorno shipyard according to a fast track delivery schedule, with the help of Benetti’s advanced production and engineering structure.

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Dutch quality, Italian style: Heesen’s 42m Project Cayman

Superyachttimes editor Gemma Fottles wrote an article about the collaboration between the Dutch quality and Italian style in Project Cayman.

Dutch quality, Italian style: Heesen’s 42m Project Cayman

Revealed at the latest edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the 42 metre superyacht Project Cayman, a full aluminium vessel developed specifically for the Americas by Heesen Yachts, Omega Architects and Hot Lab. Designed with a Fast Displacement Hull Form, twin MTU engines and lightweight construction, she offers top speeds of 25 knots whilst a modest draft of 2.15 metres makes her ideal for cruising in shallow waters.


Frank Laupman of Omega Architects comments on the project: “Cayman was specifically designed for the American market. She had a modest draft to explore the shallow waters. The Heesen 74- series has been very successful and we have developed Cayman into a compact version of these series. Cayman is typical Heesen because of the combination of comfort and speed. The exterior is typical Omega architecture: a sleek and elegant vessel.”

Just a couple of her most notable features include the substantial beach club - a feature uncommon of yachts of this size - as well as a spacious sky lounge on the bridge deck with access to the aft deck. Speaking with the Heesen and Hot Lab teams at the latest edition of FLIBS, Thom Conboy, Director of Sales at Heesen elaborated on the natural fit between the Italian design studio and the yard: “It’s 400 GT, 42 metre boat, specifically designed to operate in the Bahamas and around this area. It has a beautiful beach club, she’s a 25 knot boat, we’ve collaborated with Hot Lab who are very talented designers who have worked very closely with Heesen in the past, so it was quite a natural fit.”

Speaking of the interest the boat has received following her introduction to the industry last week, Thom Conboy continues,“The interest level at FLIBS has been spectacular - we have Galactica Super Nova here which has also been very well received, so for Heesen, we’re attracting interest in every size range right now. It’s a really exciting collaboration with Hot Lab and Heesen, and of course with Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Frank has been the DNA of Heesen’s exterior styling for many years and is also due a lot of credit for his fine styling on Project Cayman. It’s a true collaboration on what should be a hugely successful collaboration.”


Eager to see the project come to fruition in the foreseeable future, Antonio concludes: “She’s Hot Lab, Heesen and Omega Architects: Dutch quality with Italian style. The best combination!”

Click here for superyachttimes article about Project Cayman.

New owner for the 44m Heesen superyacht Sibelle

New owner for the 44m Heesen superyacht Sibelle

The 44-metre superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts has been purchased by a new owner after having been listed for sale with SuperYachtsMonaco.
Sibelle was launched in 2008 by Heesen Yachts is the third hull in the shipyard’s 4400 series. The yacht was built for the previous owner of Seascape (now Li-Lien) - a 36.8-metre Heesen. The yacht’s exterior design and naval architecture were conceived by Omega Architects who also worked together with the owner’s architect, Michael Labazov, on the interiors.

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Project Nova: focused on high efficiency

Chris Jefferies wrote an article about Project Nova in Boat International.

The client is described as a connoisseur who has owned multiple yachts before, however Project Nova will be their first Heesen. Thom Conboy from Heesen Yachts USA said, "The client was attracted to this project for several reasons including its unique and modern exterior as well as its modern, high-tech interior design."

The Dutch superyacht builder revealed the first renderings of its ultra-silent yacht during the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. Project Nova boasts a fast displacement hull with vastly lower fuel consumption. This all-aluminium yacht, previously known as hull 17850, introduces a new breed to Heesen’s lineup — adding a hybrid propulsion system to the innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) that was developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Heesen Yachts built the world’s first FDHF yacht with the 65 metre Galactica Star and has since built three yachts with fast displacement hulls – the 42 metre Alive in steel; the 50 metre Sibelle in aluminium; and the 55 metre steel Azamanta. Unlike Galactica Star, which was built for speed, Project Nova is focused on high efficiency.
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According to Heesen, Project Nova will burn 98 litres of fuel per hour at 12 knots and only 57 litres per hour at 10 knots. Despite this focus on efficiency it will still achieve a respectable top speed of 16.3 knots when powered by its main engines and the diesel-electric propulsion system will allow silent cruising at up to nine knots. Project Nova is being constructed in light aluminium and will be powered by relatively small engines for its size — twin 804hp MTU 12V 2000 M61s. With a particular attention to weight control, Project Nova is predicted to achieve a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles while cruising at 12 knots, with a maximum cruising range of 8,000 nautical miles at eight knots.

Smaller engines mean the yacht will also be more spacious, with less space taken up by the engine room. Heesen added, “The result is unique: a high-performance, supremely comfortable displacement yacht with reduced environmental impact.”

Project Nova also puts a priority on silence, the ultimate luxury. Heesen’s Mark Cavendish said that Project Nova should only register 50 decibels of noise in the owner’s suite while underway. When using hybrid mode at nine knots, the noise will measure just 46 decibels in the owner's suite. “The owner and guests will enjoy a vastly quieter environment,” said Cavendish. To put this in perspective, 46 decibels is the sound of soft rainfall.
During the Monaco Yacht Show presentation of Project Nova, Heesen invited Professor Barry Smith, who founded the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London, to share his research on the importance that sound has on the other senses. “Sounds have an effect on all sorts of things, including eating,” said Professor Smith. “Silence is not hearing nothing, the brain is always taking in information, what is going on will affect your mood.”

Being able to run extremely quietly will not only benefit how Project Nova’s owners experience the other senses whilst on board, but will also be extremely practical, allowing the captain to depart port before dawn without disturbing the guests.
Exterior styling comes from Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, who has penned the striking superstructure and almost vertical bow, which will reduce vertical acceleration, thus improving on-board comfort. Project Nova is a “modern, innovative yacht with striking lines and a lot of glass,” said Laupman. “More like a beach villa in style, with nature all around you.” Project Nova will accommodate 12 guests across six staterooms. Guest accommodation is separated from the engine room by the lower deck superyacht gym, which stifles any noise and vibration, while a zero-speed stabilisation system further enhances her blue water cruising credentials. Following her debut season in the Mediterranean, Project Nova will cross the Atlantic. The owner was particularly drawn to the yacht's shallow 2.1 metre draught, which makes her well suited to cruising the Bahamas.

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Hull and superstructure joined on Heesen Project Ayla

Boat International editor Chris Jefferies wrote the article below about Project Ayla.

Speed, power, comfort and space are the four key elements of Project Ayla, which is taking shape at Heesen Yachts ahead of a planned 2018 launch date.
This 49.8 metre all-aluminium superyacht will feature just under 500 GT of internal spaces, as designed by Cristiano Gatto, as well as a fast and comfortable hull created by the yard’s in-house naval architects.


Exterior styling comes courtesy of regular Heesen Yachts collaborator Frank Laupman and his Omega Architects studio, and the yard describes the look as “an emblem of sporty elegance”.

The accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests in six cabins, including a main-deck owner’s cabin, full-beam VIP below decks, two further double staterooms and two twin cabins, all with their own private en-suite bathrooms.


Gatto’s interior décor is minimalist in style, inspired by the work of New Deco designer Jean-Michel Frank. Heesen adds that there is plenty of room for a client to customise the styling by swapping out the material and colour palettes of the fabric upholstery.

There will be plenty of room for exterior relaxation as well, with four al fresco dining areas, including the superyacht sundeck, which measures 70 square metres. The other highlights on the upper deck are the spa pool, surrounded by sunpads, and the full-service bar area.


Twin MTU 16V 4000 series engines will take care of the power, resulting in an estimated top speed of 23 knots and a maximum cruising range of 3,200 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Heesen Yachts currently has ten projects under construction at its Oss facility, including another 50 metre aluminium yacht called Project Alba, which is also due to hit the water in 2018.

Source: Boat International Chris Jefferies.

In build: Heesen’s 50m Project Ayla superyacht

Superyachttimes editor Gemma Fottles wrote the article below about Project Ayla.

Heesen has announced the latest construction update in regards to the 50-metre Project Ayla, stating that the hull and superstructure were successfully joined just two days ago in the yard’s facility in Oss, the Netherlands. Designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects with a minimalist chic interior from the drawing boards of Cristian Gatto.


On board she accommodates 12 guests over a six cabin layout, including a full beam master suite on the main deck in addition to a full beam VIP suite, two twin and two double cabins on the lower deck. Commenting on some of her most attractive features, the Heesen team state: “Project Ayla is not only about speed and power, she is also very much about comfort and space. Zero speed stabilizers reduce motion to a minimum while at anchor and the yacht offers the best internal volume possible in a design package below the 500GT threshold. Clients have the opportunity to personalise the décor at different stages of the construction process thanks to the extensive use of fabric upholstery, both on vertical and horizontal surfaces. This will allow the new owners to choose material and colour palettes to create the atmosphere that corresponds to their own taste and lifestyle.”


Powered by twin MTU 16V engines, providing her with a top speed of 23 knots and a transatlantic range of 3,200 nm at a speed of 11 knots.


Project Ayla is scheduled for delivery in April 2018. She is currently available for purchase at an asking price of €32,900,000.
Source: Superyachttimes Gemma Fottles.

Project Alida: all set!

Alida 55m fast displacement yacht

She is almost ready to launch and with her striking lines and undeniable presence she is the most advanced yacht in her class. Alida means luxury, beauty, design and performance all combined.


What she offers is 250 quare metres of luxurious comfort and 102 square metres sky lounge that is wrapped almost entirely in glass. The sky lounge view of 180-degree creates a beautiful setting. With her full-beam master suite, one VIP cabin, two double cabins and two twin cabins Alida has accomodation room for 12 guests.


What about the speed?
Alida has a top speed 16 knots with a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 14 knots.
For more specifications Heesen Yachts click here

Take a look around in Omega Architects!

Omega Architects was nominated for entrepeneur of the year in the region Maas en Waal 2016. This video shows the work of a yachtdesigner.

Video made by Hans Boender.

Amore Mio: Finalist ShowBoats Design Awards 2017

Amore Mio finalist for Best Exterior Design & Styling – Motor Yacht Below 48m.

Finalist Amore Mio

Name: Amore Mio
Length: 45m
Builder: Heesen Yachts
Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Styling: Omega
Interior Design: Cristiano Gatto

The finalists are nominated in different categories Motor Yachts & Sailing Yachts in Interior, Exterior, Naval Architecture,
Most Innovative, Tender & Support, Best Lighting, Best Recreational Lifestyle and newcomer of the year.

Our congratulations also go to other designers, naval architects and yachtbuilders!

Brokerage deal of the week: the 37m Heesen superyacht Li-Lien

Superyacht Li-Lien 36.8m designed by Omega Architects is Brokerage deal of the week in the Superyacht Times. Credits go to editor Gemma Fottles.

Here we take a look at the What, Why, Where and Who of some of the best brokerage deals currently on the market. This week we explore the 36.8 metre superyacht Li-Lien, currently offered for sale with Northrop & Johnson.


What is on offer?
Built by the Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts in 2005 and undertaking her last extensive refit in 2012, the 36.8 metre superyacht Li-Lien features both exterior and interior design from the regular Heesen collaborator, Omega Architects. Up to 10 guests are accommodated on board over four en-suite cabins on the lower deck in addition to an expansive full beam owner’s suite on the main deck.


The all-aluminium vessel is powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M90 engines, providing her with an impressive top speed of 31 knots, a cruising speed of 27 knots, and a range of 2,000 nm.


Why do we think this is such a great deal?
Li-Lien provides owner and guests alike with ample amenities to truly enjoy life on board, from the large al fresco dining area on the aft deck or the sun lounging space besides the jacuzzi. The teak laden sun deck also features a full service bar, multiple sunpads with umbrellas and awnings, and a complete flybridge control station.


Li-Lien comes complete with a range of tenders and water toys, including a 14’ Aquascan Jet, a Yamaha WaveRunner and a Yamaha stand-up Jet Ski. Having completed her 10 year ABS special surveys last year, Li-Lien is presented to the market in turn-key condition.


Where is she right now?

Li-Lien is currently located in Palm Beach, Florida.


Who to call?

Li-Lien is currently listed for sale with Northrop & Johnson at an asking price of €5,900,000 (not for sale to US residents while in US waters).
For more information contact her broker, Wes Sanford, directly on +1 954 522 3344 or by email at

Northrop & Johnson
17 Rose Drive
Fort Lauderdale
FL 33316

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Heesen assembles all-star cast for 42m project Cayman

Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International

Heesen assembles all-star cast for 42m Project Cayman

Dutch yard Heesen Yachts has released plans for a 42 metre superyacht called Project Cayman, which features an all-star cast of designers.

Long-term Heesen partner Omega Architects created the muscular exterior styling for Project Cayman, while the fast displacement hull form is courtesy of Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Project Cayman has been designed to hit a top speed of 22.5 knots

Heesen explains that the full-size superyacht beach club, complete with cocktail bar and large swim platform, is unique among yachts in this class. This has been achieved by moving the tenders and toys to the foredeck to free up more room to relax at water level.

The skylounge on the bridge deck features a superyacht spa pool and plentiful seating, creating the perfect setting for al fresco dining with 360-degree views out to sea.

Take a closer look at 42 metre Heesen Project Cayman

Sliding glass doors provide access from the aft deck to the main saloon, which features two distinct zones: a relaxed lounge area and a more formal dining area, with seating for ten around an octagonal table.


Accommodation is for ten guests, split between an owner’s suite, two doubles and two twin cabins. Situated on the main deck, the owner’s cabin spreads across Project Cayman’s full 8.8 metre beam and features its own private superyacht office and tactile floors made from soft hemp textiles. (...)

Accessed via the galley, the separate crew quarters are situated in the bow and allow for a staff of up to seven people. Project Cayman features a modest draft of just 2.15 metres, while the total interior volume is just under 400GT.


Signature Heesen touches on Project Cayman include the pelican bow and the all-aluminium construction, which helps to keep the weight down, making a top speed of 22.5 knots possible. Power comes from a pair of 2,600hp MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines, while Naiad zero speed stabilisers will ensure a comfortable night’s sleep at anchor.

The full article is here

Article on 42m Cayman in Super Yacht Times

Gemma Fottles wrote the following for

Dutch quality, Italian style: Heesen’s 42m Project Cayman

Revealed at the latest edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the 42 metre superyacht Project Cayman, a full aluminium vessel developed specifically for the Americas by Heesen Yachts, Omega Architects and Hot Lab. Designed with a Fast Displacement Hull Form, twin MTU engines and lightweight construction, she offers top speeds of 25 knots whilst a modest draft of 2.15 metres makes her ideal for cruising in shallow waters.


Just a couple of her most notable features include the substantial beach club - a feature uncommon of yachts of this size - as well as a spacious sky lounge on the bridge deck with access to the aft deck. Speaking with the Heesen and Hot Lab teams at the latest edition of FLIBS, Thom Conboy, Director of Sales at Heesen elaborated on the natural fit between the Italian design studio and the yard: “It’s 400 GT, 42 metre boat, specifically designed to operate in the Bahamas and around this area. It has a beautiful beach club, she’s a 25 knot boat, we’ve collaborated with Hot Lab who are very talented designers who have worked very closely with Heesen in the past, so it was quite a natural fit.”


“Considering she is a 42 metre yacht, we have succeeded in creating very large volumes on board and of course thanks to the platform, there are these wonderful large windows which provide a lot of natural light throughout inside the boat, increasing the feeling of spaciousness.”

Speaking of the interest the boat has received following her introduction to the industry last week, Thomboy continues, “The interest level at FLIBS has been spectacular - we have Galactica Super Nova here which has also been very well received, so for Heesen, we’re attracting interest in every size range right now. It’s a really exciting collaboration with Hot Lab and Heesen, and of course with Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Frank has been the DNA of Heesen’s exterior styling for many years and is also due a lot of credit for his fine styling on Project Cayman. It’s a true collaboration on what should be a hugely successful collaboration.”


The full article is available here

Inside Amore Mio

Risa Merl wrote the following for Boat International:

Amore Mio: Inside the first aluminium 45m Heesen yacht

3 November 2016 by Risa Merl

The rewards of delayed gratification can far outweigh the frustrations, something that the owner of Heesen’s custom-built aluminium 45 metre Amore Mio learned firsthand. Just as the serial yacht owner was due to take delivery of another Heesen yacht, 40 metre Galatea (now called Taurica), an offer came in that was too good to refuse. He sold the 40 metre and found himself at square one and boat-less, a frustrating position for any yacht owner.

Luckily, there was something ready on the shelf at Heesen. The Dutch builder’s first ever 45 metre sportster, then known as Project Necto, was a year into build at the yard. Started on spec, all the aluminium — hull, deck and bulkheads — was finished. Taking the financial gains from the quick sale, he turned his 40 metre into a 45 metre.


“It’s a great stage to come into a build, because you save all the time it takes for that rough construction process, as long as you like the general layout — and we did, the owner loved it,” says Amore Mio’s Captain Tripp Hock, who has worked for the owner on various builds, including multiple Heesens, for 16 years. The spec-built semi-displacement 45 metre motor yacht was at an ideal stage for the owner to come along and put his stamp on her while not having to wait too long to enjoy her.


Take a closer look at Heesen superyacht Amore Mio. Photos: Kurt Arrigo / Emilio Bianchi

What he had on his hands wasn’t just any Heesen, but a unique blend of high-performance and long-range capabilities, bold exterior lines and a layout that put a priority on outdoor living. The latter was perfect for this owner, who was looking for a summer house on the sea, to be enjoyed by the family and used for outdoor fun, with a bulging toy box that far exceeds what you’d find on other yachts of similar size.

Amore Mio might be the first Heesen of her kind, but she has a strong familial heritage. Designed by regular collaborators Omega Architects, who have penned more than 90 designs for Heesen including concepts and builds in progress, that’s no surprise.

“We combined the comfort of a three-deck yacht, like 42 metre Alive, with the sportiness of a raised pilothouse yacht like 40 metre Galatea,” says designer Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

“Furthermore, Alive’s exceptional bow was used as inspiration.” The result is a 2.5-deck yacht, as Laupman describes it, with aggressive exterior styling, dominant knuckle bow and bold angles. Family likeness aside, Amore Mio has no problem standing out amongst her kin.

Amore Mio features exterior design by Omega Architects

“This is the next generation,” says Laupman. “The sporty rocket-style exterior with chiseled lines and the long hard chine forward emphasises her sharp and edgy appearance.”

Laupman used window placement artfully and expressively in Amore Mio’s exterior design. The bridge is set between the main deck and superyacht sundeck, with wheelhouse windows wrapping around like a heavy black brow. “The upward curving glass windows give her the character of an open sportster,” he says. “They were created from three straight windows instead of five — beauty goes with functionality, non-curved glass prevents distortion and offers a less obstructed view.”

The main deck glazing that looks like one continuous swathe of glass stretching from master to aft deck is, in fact, two distinct sections that parts midway on the side decks, marking the path to the bow and the entry to the crew quarters on the port side. The bulwark is lowered to encourage excellent views from inside. Amore Mio’s hewn lines and a black stripe along the bulwark flow all the way back to the gently sloping transom.

Amore Mio features a gently sloping transom

Amore Mio is one of those boats that looks fast when she’s sitting still. Powered by twin MTU 16V diesel engines, she packs a punch to match her energetic exterior profile, reaching top speeds of 30 knots. Sitting up top at the open helm on the sundeck when she’s moving at speed, it’s evident that Heesen’s largest sports yacht to date is designed for performance. She’s also intended for longer-range excursions, with a range of a 2,750 nautical miles allowing her to pootle around the Med or cross the Caribbean without having to fill up the tank.

However, Amore Mio’s owner has spent most of his time since taking delivery bobbing off Malta and using his summer home at sea as intended. The owner arrived on the build scene at the point where it wasn’t too late to change a few things he wasn’t in love with, such as the superyacht spa pool and bar on the flybridge. The owner preferred to rip these out for more deck space where he and his wife could roll out their yoga mats, part of their daily routine when on board. As far as the owner is concerned, what’s the need for a spa tub when the sea is right there?

Instead, the toy box is ample, with everything from Seadoos to flyboards and high-flying towables to stand-up paddle boards. A 5.9 metre Boesch mahogany tender is stowed in the garage. The 90 square metre sundeck seems massive without a spa to clutter the way. The hardtop shades an al fresco dining table and teppanyaki grill station.

Amore Mio's owner uses the sundeck for yoga

“The exterior spaces are vast for a 45 metre boat,” says Captain Hock. “I think it’s smart; minimise the interior to what you need, and all the emphasis goes to the beautiful outdoor space, massive sundeck, great aft deck for a 45 metre, having both a dining table and a separate aft seating area.” There’s also a bow seating area, with a sofas and sunpads.

While the priority is placed on the exterior, there isn’t any skimping on the interior with a total of ten guests accommodated. The forward main-deck owner’s suit is full-beam and has a dressing room and bathroom with tub. The lower deck arrangement is traditional but ample, with two equally sized VIPs and two twin guest rooms. Space is intelligently used — by creating a smaller lobby on the lower deck, 6.5 square metres were able to be saved and redistributed amongst the guest rooms.

A special feature is the guest staircase set abeam in the main saloon. Topped by sliding glass at its apex on the bridge deck, there is an atrium affect with light filtering into the living spaces below. The superyacht staircase is fronted by a wall of floating walnut beams supported by polished stainless steel columns and sanded glass, all giving a further illusion of height and openness, and adding a wow factor to the dining room.

The layout is planned so guests and crew avoid collision, with this separate guest staircase leading from the lower deck through the main deck saloon to the sundeck. The separate crew stairway is placed forward, creating an easy thoroughfare from the crew accommodation, past the galley and through the bridge to the top deck.

Based on his years of experience, Amore Mio’s captain added in his own innovative solutions and storage requirements. He points out panels that move away to reveal storage where you’d least expect it. One interesting feature he promoted is a bespoke man-overboard system. When such an incident occurs, a life-saving device is instantly deployed to the victim in the water while the spot is marked and tracked via GPS so the captain can easily find them. It’s a safety measure that’s sure to assure a family cruising with young children.

Captain Tripp Hock advised on the build of Amore Mio

Combining high-performance, long-range capabilities, expansive outdoor living and singular style, it’s easy to fall in love with Heesen’s new 45 metre aluminium motor yacht. So will Amore Mio see sisterships in the near future? While the aluminium 45 metre was started with the intention of being a series, the builder may be looking to even larger yachts for its spec-built offerings and a second hull isn’t yet in the works. But any would-be Heesen owner could certainly order this hull. Or for those to hate to wait, they could buy Amore Mio herself.

Her owner’s love affair has been on the passionate but short side. After only one season enjoying his summer house on the sea, Amore Mio is offered up for sale as her owner is already looking ahead and building his next — and bigger — yacht with Heesen. Once again, he’s choosing to delay gratification for greater rewards.
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CRN OceanSport auf der Monaco Yacht Show 2016

In Monaco auf der diesjährigen Monaco Yacht Show 2016 hatten wir auf der Pressekonferenz der Ferrettigroup ein interessantes Gespräch mit Frank Laupman dem Designer von Omega Architects. Er präsentierte dort seine neuen Entwürfe die uns begeistert haben.

61-Meter-M / Y CRN Oceansport und 75-Meter-M / Y Oceansport – Omega Architects diese beiden 61 Meter und 75 Meter Mega-Yachten sind die neusten Projekte die für CRN designt wurden. Die hervorragende Seetüchtigkeit gewährleistet durch CRN Marine-Plattformen.


Die sportlichen und schlanken Linien von Omega Architects harmonieren auf dem Wasser. Die dunklen Seitenscheiben sind miteinander verbunden ohne Unterbrechung jeweils über das Haupt- und Oberdeck. Besonders ist die Geräumigkeit und Luftigkeit die für Geselligkeit einlädt. Ausgestattet sind sie mit einem Wellness- und Fitnessbereich mit Sauna, einen Fitnessraum und ein Pool. Beide Yachten können in voller Höhe Fenster auf beiden Seiten im hinteren Bereich des Hauptdeck öffnen und bieten einen atemberaubenden Blick auf das Meer.


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Amore Mio nominated for ISS awards 2016

The 45m Amore Mio has been nominated for the ISS awards 2016.
We keep our fingers crossed to see if she will be a finalist and maybe even a winner!
Here we would like to congratulate the owner and captain of this stunning sports yacht, as well as Heesen Yachts where our exterior design was built.

Photo copyright: Heesen yachts/ Kurt Arrigo

Amore Mio finalist at Cannes Yachting Festival

45m Amore Mio's knuckle bow gives her a profile setting her apart.
And she is currently the fasted sport yacht built in The Netherlands, reaching a maximum speed of 30(!) knots.

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We keep our fingers crossed and hope this remarkable design by Frank Laupman will be a winner.
Congratulations to her owner, captain and Heesen Yachts.

Monaco Yacht Show 2016

The Monaco Yacht Show of 2016 is coming soon and we are happy to be present with a team of 5 this year.

Frank and his team will attend the show all week. We are proud that 45m yacht Amore Mio, with her exterior designed by us and built by Heesen Yachts, will be put on display at the show.
The yacht was delivered in February this year, praised as "an angular and exciting sporty design" in an article by Superyacht Times.
The huge 18 metre sundeck of the yacht offers 90 square metres of space to relax and entertain with a cinema, dining for all 10 guests, a square pool and infinity terrace.

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We are looking forward to seeing Amore Mio and all the other yachts at the show,
and hope to see you there!

Quite Essential among the 13 best superyacht pools complete with waterfall

Quite Essential was chosen by Boat International as one of the best superyacht pools, recognizing her innovative feature:
'Five years before Heesen revealed Galactica Super Nova, the concept of a superyacht pool with a waterfall was already proven on board the 55 metre yacht Quite Essential, previously known as Quinta Essentia.

This opaque sheet of water falls into the spa pool, providing added privacy on the main deck when moored stern-to in port.'

Source:Boat International

NEW Heesen 55m under construction!

Our new 55m project Alida is now under construction!

Alida is a new 55m exterior design from our office and is currently being built at Heesen yachts.
She has striking lines, luxury, and impressive performance.

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The yacht offers a 102 square metres sky lounge, Full-beam VIP and four double cabins and a 16 knots top speed. We are excited to see her progress!

Nova Sold!

Our 50m fast displacement project Nova-Hybrid was sold!

The exterior of Nova is designed by Omega Architects. The yacht can draw on two sources of power for propulsion: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical. Therefore this is Heesen's first yacht with hybrid propulsion.
The yacht provides better efficiency, less noise and less vibration.

The yacht is also very spacious. We believe this yacht has the most living space of any superyacht under 500GT.

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