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Superyacht Rocket in full splendour, currently on display at the Dubai Internationational Boat Show.

The yacht was launched in 2011, featuring the exterior design by Omega Architects.
She cruises at 12.5 kn and reaches a maximum speed of 23.0 kn.
Up to 12 guests are comfortably accommodated in luxury and pampered by a crew of 10.

Photo credit: Merijn de Waard/SuperYachtTimes

50m Project Aquamarine, the first yacht in Heesen's newly designed 5000 Aluminium Class

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Heesen Yachts announced the following today on the latest design by Omega Architects:

We are thrilled to present the first yacht in the newly designed 5000 Aluminium Class: Project Aquamarine. This fast-cruising, all-aluminium motor yacht sports a brand new hull designed by Heesen’s brilliant in-house naval architects, who worked closely with renowned hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Van Oossanen carried out the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tests and optimized the hull shape, before a 1:16 scale model was tested in the towing tank in Southampton, UK.

The optimization of the hull design has enabled an efficiency gain of 12%. This important result was achieved by raising the transom and making it sleeker, and in addition propeller tunnels were incorporated in the hull. This means that the 5000 Aluminium class features raised propellers, which in turn has decreased the draft to just 2.15 meters. Such a shallow draft makes Aquamarine the perfect yacht for cruising in the Bahamas as well as in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. A pair of interceptors will guarantee optimal dynamic trim at high speeds.

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Thanks to the optimized hull design, it has been possible to install MTU’s new 16V4000M65L green oceanic engines, which have been specially developed to operate with an SCR unit (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce NOx emissions. As a result, Aquamarine is the first fast-cruising yacht below 500GT to be IMO Tier III compliant. In line with Heesen’s wider philosophy, the new 5000 Aluminium Class reduces the carbon footprint without compromising on speed or performance, and the installation of soot filters on the generators makes the package complete.

A clean and modern profile by Omega Architects creates the perfect wrapping for this progressive technological masterpiece. “The design we created for the new 5000 Aluminium Class combines our own heritage with that of Heesen as a builder of elegant and sporty aluminium motor yachts,” comments Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. “The ‘integrated hull and body design’, which was first seen on the iconic 65m Galactica Star, gives a strong character to the yacht’s profile.”

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The raised aft deck – completed by sun pads – allows for a full height multi-purpose tender garage that doubles as a luxury beach club connecting to the flush swim platform, bringing guests close to the water. To maintain a clean profile line the rescue tender is conveniently stored under a hatch in front of the wheelhouse.

[...] Twelve guests are accommodated in four spacious and airy guest suites on the lower deck and a master stateroom forward on the main deck.

YN 18950 Aquamarine is currently under construction at the Heesen facility in Oss and is available for delivery in January 2021.

'Rocket 'largest yacht at Dubai Yacht Show

Proud to see 50m superyacht 'Rocket' as the largest yacht on display at the Dubai International Boat Show.
She carries a typical sporty and elegant exterior design by Omega Architects and was built by Heesen Yachts.

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55m 'Project VIda' ready for sea trails

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On Friday 15th, Heesen Yachts shared the following news:

Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF Steel class, which features muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design is characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.

The Owner, an experienced American yachtsman, worked closely with the shipyard’s technical team to customize his yacht. In fact, Vida has some special features to carry out her role as mothership to the owner’s sport fishing fleet, such as the ability to re-fuel and re-charge two sport fishing boats, allowing for several days out at sea without needing to return to base. [...]

Twelve guests are accommodated in five suites located on the lower deck and a magnificent 80-square-meter owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck. [...]

At 55m and 740GT, Vida offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and frugal fuel consumption that gives a remarkable range of 4,500nm at 13 knots, thanks to the progressive hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects. Combining magnificent comfort with optimised efficiency throughout the speed spectrum, Heesen’s 55m FDHF steel class sets a new standard in superyacht performance.

Vida will undergo rigorous sea trials in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in Spring 2019. She will make her official debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September after spending the summer cruising in the Mediterranean.

Video on 55m 'Vida'

Watch the video to get a sneak peek behind the scenes of Vida's launch.

Heesen’s 55m superyacht Azamanta in Capri

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Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes on January 9th:

Azamanta was built in 2015 as Heesen Yachts’ first unit in its new 55-metre Steel line of motor yachts.
She was joined in 2017 by sister ship Laurentia who shares a similar exterior design, apart from the copper-gold hull colour which sets Azamanta apart from any other yacht. Designed by Omega Architects [...].

Though she spends most of her time in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, her ice-reinforced steel hull makes it possible for Azamanta to confidently take on more adventurous passages around the world. Heesen is currently building a third addition to its 55-metre Steel fleet, named project Antares, which is expected to be delivered later this year.

Photo: courtesy of SuperYachtTimes.

Heesen launches 55m Project Antares

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Heesen Yachts started the year in good cheer by launching 55m Project Antares on 4 January, boasting an exterior design by Omega Architects, which she shares with two sisterships: Laurentia and Azamanta.
Eye-catching extra large windows forward on port side allow natural light to flood in the spacious master stateroom.

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Antares offers comfort, safety and speed. She also features a FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull by Van Oossanen.
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She was sold to an experienced American superyacht owner in early 2017 and will be delivered later this year.

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Photo credit: Heesen Yachts / Dick Holthuis.

Second 32m ALIA 'Project Nozomi' under construction

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At Omega Architects we are proud and humbled to share the news that ALIA Yachts has the second 32m 'Project Nozomi' under construction at their shipyard in Antalya. Nozomi II carries our exterior design, with strong horizontal and vertical lines emphasizing her length and sturdy character.

“Our signature style with sleek, flowing lines can be recognised in the yacht’s softly angled overhangs aft and forward, providing elegance as well as functionality,” says Frank Laupman, founder of our design studio.

The large sun deck is most versatile, offering space for dining, lounging and sunbathing plus navigation from the flybridge with dedicated seating area for front row cruising.

Project Nozomi II hosts ten guests, of which eight in four spacious staterooms on lower deck. Including the master suite on forward main deck, with seating area on foredeck. The scooped bulwark forward offers see through views to the sides from the master suite.

This is the perfect family yacht to entertain multiple generations with different lifestyles simultaneously.

Design credit: Omega Architects.
Photo credit: ALIA Yachts.

Construction of project Adur has begun with the keel laying ceremony

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It’s an early Christmas with a wooden crib carrying the keel of Project Adur /YN 252 on Friday December 14th.
The official start of the yacht’s construction was marked that day by the keel laying ceremony, celebrated and blessed with a traditional touch of personally selected coins for good luck.

Gathered around the crib were the Owners, accompanied by their representative Peter Hürzeler of Ocean Independence, Klaas and Albert Hakvoort of Hakvoort Shipyard, Frank Laupman on behalf of Omega Architects and Gerko Schippers on behalf of Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Plus the welding experts of Alubouw Fryslan, Hakvoort’s subcontractor for building hull and superstructure.

Together with a highly involved owner, Omega Architects designed both the sleek and innovative exterior and welcoming bright interior of this stunning 45,2m family superyacht, which is to be delivered in Spring 2021.

Among the special features are a flush stern, the innovative Fast Displacement Hull with Hull Vane®, aft and forward tender garage with submarine storage, scooped bulwarks for views to the surroundings and hybrid propulsion for dolphin friendly silent mode.

Performance and sea keeping qualities are guaranteed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Project Adur offers eight guests luxurious comfort, at a max speed of 26,5 knots and with a range of 3.800 NM at 12 knots.

Photo: Courtesy of Alubouw Fryslan/Hommema fotografie.

The 50m Heesen superyacht Septimus leaving Fort Lauderdale

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Always a pleasure to our designs do precisely what they were meant for: taking their guests away on a trip and cruise the waters.

Here we see 50m Superyacht Septimus leaving Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale on December 14th. Originally named Satori, she was built at the Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts in 2011 for an experienced yacht owner. After she found a new owner in 2014, she changed her name and is now cruising under Septimus.

Septimus is a member of the successful 50m series built in full-aluminium, carrying a Omega Architects design she shares with many sister ships among which are Rocket, Hayken and Ventura.
Project Aster, being the latest leaf on the branch, was sold recently and is currently under construction, getting ready for delivery Summer 2019.

Photo credit: Rob Starling.

50m superyacht Project Aster sold!

Laura Nicholls wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes today:

While still under construction, Heesen’s 50-metre Project Aster has been sold to experienced owners who were introduced by Arcon Yachts. Her new owners are expecting delivery in June 2019 after she completed her sea trials in the North Sea.

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Project Aster started on speculation and the joining of her hull and superstructure was completed in February 2018. Project Aster's exterior design is by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects [...] and Heesen’s in-house interior team to incorporate key design elements from her sistership, Septimus (ex: Satori).

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On board, she will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests across six cabins, including five lower deck suites and a spacious master’s cabin with an ensuite bathroom on the main deck. Her versatile layout also includes three lounges, three dining rooms, a bar and an open-air jacuzzi on her top deck.

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Powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 engines will be able to deliver a top speed of up to 23 knots. In true blue-water motor yacht style, Project Aster has a transatlantic range of 3,100 nm whilst cruising at 11 knots.

Photo credit: Simon Trel.

Heesen celebrate success as Project Aster is sold

Catriona Cherrie wrote the following for Superyachts.com today:

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Project Aster, currently seven months away from delivery, has been sold in collaboration between Heesen Yachts and Arcon Yachts, which introduced the client. The short delivery time, the impressive top speed of 23 knots and the renowned Dutch quality is said to have been what attracted Project Aster’s new owners, who are said to be fine yacht connoisseurs.
Project Aster is the latest yacht in the successful 5000 aluminium class whose exterior lines are designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. At 50 metres below 500GT, Aster perfectly combines space and performance. Her semi-displacement hull, built in-house by Heesen, coupled with two MTU diesel engines 16V 4000, will deliver a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Aster fully embodies the experience gained from building her six sister ships, which was realised by interior designer Cristiano Giatto who included some of the most defining design elements of her sister ships. These include: The silver ceiling from Satori – the first in this class; brushed spruce recalls Bannenberg & Rowell designs; stainless steel inserts in the cabinetry recall Omega’s signature design details.

A broad variety of materials and finishes characterise Project Aster’s interior design, complementing her quiet and serene ambience. Although the design shies away from over- embellishment, the richness and the variety of luxurious details are easy to see. In this elegant design, Cristiano has found perfection in simplicity.

The versatile layout comprises five lower deck suites and a master stateroom on the main deck forward, with the capacity for twelve guests serviced by nine crew, making her perfect both as a private yacht for families and as a charter ship for large groups.

Project Aster will be delivered to her new owners in June 2019 after rigorous sea trials in the North Sea.

Photo credit: Simon Trel.

Finalist for Design & Innovation Awards 2019: Virgen Del Mar VI

We feel honoured and humbled to see Virgen Del Mar VI chosen as Finalist for the prestigious Boat International Design and Innovation Awards. This 32m exterior design by Omega Architects has been chosen in the category Best Exterior Styling of Motor Yachts Below 39m.

We congratulate ALIA Yachts shipyard and last but not least the owner plus captain.
We keep our fingers crossed.

The awards ceremony will take place in Cortina d'Ampezzo/Italy on January 28th 2019.

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Photo credit: Jeff Brown/ Breed Media for ALIA Yachts

Project Electra hull and superstructure now joined together

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On November 15th, Heesen Yachts shared the following news on the website:

We are proud to announce that on Saturday 10 November 2018, the hull and superstructure of YN 19150 Project Electra were joined together at the facility in Oss.

Electra is the second in the 50 metre 5000 class, which features an FDHF hull and hybrid propulsion.

Based on the success of her award-winning predecessor – YN 17850 Home – Project Electra marries performance and efficiency by using the Fast Displacement Hull Form with Heesen’s innovative hybrid solution, which combines diesel and electric propulsion.

It is indicative of a core strength of Heesen, which offers progressive solutions and smart technologies to the market in new products while being able to draw on its financial strength to bring those products to market as spec builds. It is a ‘hybrid’ business methodology that offers the possibility of reduced build times and economic savings for clients while delivering cutting edge systems and full-custom options.

Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system is quieter and more fuel efficient. In addition, it offers cost-reducing benefits and flexible power management, as the yacht can be operated in four different cruising modes:

- Hybrid mode: up to 9 knots at noise levels of just 46dB, equivalent to soft rain! Two water-cooled DC electric shaft motors of 127kW each quietly power the yacht. The benefits are silent cruising and higher manoeuvrability in close quarters.
- Economic Mode: 9-12 knots with main engines on and generators off. Ideal for longer passages, the economic mode comes with few interesting perks – frugal fuel consumption (at 12 knots the yacht burns just 98 litres per hour) and extended generator service life.
- Cruising Mode: 12-15 knots. This is the traditional mode, where the diesel engines drive the yacht’s propellers and the generators provide the hotel load.
Boost Mode: to achieve the max speed 16.3 knots, the generator-powered shaft motors are brought into service alongside the main engines to give an extra kick of power.

Electra’s technological heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package that comes in just below the 500GT threshold. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created a bold exterior design where aesthetics meet functionality. The vertical bow with spray rails is not only on-trend, it also serves a practical purpose by providing progressive buoyancy when carving through waves. The bow shape also means the crew accommodation can be set further forward.

Twelve guests are accommodated in five lower deck suites and a master stateroom located on the main deck forward. The interior design is by Cristiano Gatto, whose décor integrates organic shapes and emphasizes the indoor-outdoor connection with deep and low furniture, allowing the guests to fully enjoy the panoramic vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Project Electra is available for delivery in April 2020.

Superstructure and hull of 'Project Electra' joined

Heesen Yachts shared he following news via Facebook:

Busy times at our shipyard in Oss!

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On Saturday 10 November 2018, at our facility in Oss we joined together the hull and superstructure of YN 19150 Project Electra.

Based on the success of her award-winning predecessor - Home (YN 17850) - Project Electra marries performance and efficiency by combining the FDHF with Heesen’s innovative hybrid solution, which uses both diesel and electric propulsion.

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Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system is quieter and more fuel efficient. In addition, it offers cost-reducing benefits and flexible power management.

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Electra’s technological heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package that comes in just below the 500GT threshold. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created a bold exterior design where aesthetics meet functionality.

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Twelve guests are accommodated in five lower deck suites and a master stateroom located on the main deck forward, [...] fully enjoy the panoramic vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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'Project Electra' is the 3rd hull of this 50m design by Omega Architects, and sister to M/Y 'Home' (ex Project Nova) and Project Boreas (under construction).

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Project Castor hull and superstructure joined together

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On November 10th, Heesen announced that on Saturday 3 November 2018, the hull and superstructure of Project Castor were joined together at the facility in Oss.

Castor is the fourth yacht in the 55m Steel Class, which features exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

At 760GT, Castor is the largest by volume 55-metre currently in build in the Netherlands.(...)

Frank Laupman has given the exterior lines muscular overtones, but these design cues are cleverly integrated into the traditional Heesen sleek look. The design is efficient and rational, with iconic elements such as the vertical floor-to-ceiling windows in the forward section of the main deck as well as full height windows in the main saloon and skylounge, open bulwarks, and the “shark tooth” on the overhang of the superstructure. All these elements help make the Heesen 55m Steel Class distinct and recognizable from afar.

Like her sister ships, Castor sports the fast displacement hull form (FDHF) devised by Van Oossanen, which delivers high levels of efficiency across the whole speed spectrum. Besides efficiency and low resistance, the 55m Steel FDHF provides fantastic comfort, and thanks to the large stabiliser fins by Naiad – installed forward of centre – this includes exceptional roll reduction at anchor. Another advantage of a slippery hull is that it can be powered by smaller engines and decreasing the engine power comes with many benefits – in particular increased space and reduced noise. Two MTU 8V 4000 M63 main engines (which meet IMO Tier III emissions regulations) will deliver 1,000kW each, allowing Castor to reach a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. She will have an impressive transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruise speed of 13 knots, making her a true bluewater motor yacht.

Project Castor features some innovations from her predecessors: a full-beam sky lounge, a larger master stateroom now measuring 73 square meters, and larger lower deck suites as the VIP has been moved to the bridge deck.

Project Castor is available for delivery in Spring 2020.

Photo credit: Heesen Yachts.

Project Castor update: hull and superstructure joined

Vivian Hendriksz wrote the following on 8th November for SuperYachtTimes:

Construction on project Castor, the fourth yacht in Heesen 55-metre steel class series is progressing on schedule. The hull and superstructure of project Castor were joined together on November 3rd, at the Dutch shipyard’s facility in Oss.

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Similar to her sister ships, she features a fast displacement hull form (FDHF) developed by Van Ossanen Naval Architects, which offers high levels of speed efficiency and low resistance. In addition, the steel FDHF ensures stability and comfort for those on board due to the large stabiliser fins from Naiad Dynamics forward. The slippery hull can also be easily be powered by smaller engines, decreasing the engine power and leading to more space in the engine room and reduced noise overall.

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Featuring an exterior styling by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects [...]. The exterior design was developed to be both efficient and rugged, with vertical floor-to-ceiling windows in the forward section of the main deck and full height windows in the main saloon and sky lounge.

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However, Project Castor also features some new additions not seen on her sister ships, such as a full beam sky lounge, a 73 square metre master stateroom, and a VIP cabin on the bridge deck. Powered by twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 main engines that fulfil IMO Tier II emissions regulation, project Castor will reach a top speed of 15.5 knots, with a transatlantic range of 4,500 nm at a cruising speed of 13 knots.

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Photo credit Dick Holthuis / Heesen Yachts

Superyacht of the Week: Vibrant Virgen del Mar VI

At Omega, we were thrilled to see SuperyachtTimes choose Virgen Del Mar VI, carrying our exterior design and built by ALIA Yachts, as Superyacht of the Week.
Enjoy reading!

Superyacht of the Week: Vibrant Virgen del Mar VI

8 November 2018 13:00 SuperYacht of the Week
Written by
Charl van Rooy

The world of fully-custom 31-metre motor yachts is a small one and we only see a handful of these projects each year that can rightfully be described as a ‘one-off’. On the back of its successful 60-metre motor yacht Samurai that was completed in 2016, Turkish shipyard Alia Yachts decided to apply the same bespoke philosophy to its latest project. The 31-metre Virgen del Mar VI has quickly become one of our favourite yachts of the year in this entry-level size range and here we will show you why.

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“There are plenty of 30-metre yachts out there, but most are production boats and none of them offer quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features,” says Alia President, Gökhan Celik. At 235 gross tonnes, Virgen del Mar VI is no small yacht. Despite her sleek profile, it is that beam of 7.4 metres that provides the bulk of the interior space as well as limited deck space on the main deck and an overall clever layout.

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For this project, the same design team that was behind the development of Samurai was summoned to continue the familiar look that Alia’s flagship has brought to the market. With Omega Architects in charge of the exterior design [....], Project Nozomi (as she was known during the build) was in good hands right from the start. [...] So successful was the development of the yacht’s design that Alia Yachts have now started construction on an identical second hull, turning what once was a one-off project into an exclusive semi-production series; a first for the shipyard.

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Virgen del Mar VI’s owners not only wanted a spacious yacht, but one that they could take on longer voyages and spend more time on at anchor. Comfort and cruising go hand in hand and Omega Architects achieved a stable ride by making the hull shape as efficient as possible. “Our signature style with sleek, flowing lines can be recognised in the yacht’s softly angled overhangs aft and forward, providing elegance as well as functionality,” says Omega Principal, Frank Laupman. “We also optimised the waterline length with a plumb bow and a narrow entry for more efficiency at higher displacement speeds for an impressive cruising range of 4,500 nm.”

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Deck spaces are simple and highly functional with most outdoor features concentrated on the flybridge. Apart from serving as an outdoor navigation deck, the flybridge features a conventional informal dining area to port with a massive built-in sunbathing lounge toward the stern that is on a sunken level relative to the rest of the deck for added privacy.

The clean lines of the exterior profile are continued in all deck areas with few obstructive elements in the design.

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One level down on the main deck, the reasonably sized aft deck accommodates a second outdoor dining area that is built into the transom structure and forms the perfect spot for hosting intimate family dinners when at anchor. [...]

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In terms of accommodation, Virgen del Mar VI has a common layout with an on-deck master suite and four guest staterooms (two twin and two double) on the lower deck. As a result of the wrap-around main deck, the master suite has direct access to the outdoors with sliding doors on either side of the cabin, allowing the owners to reach their private deck lounge on the foredeck without any fuss.

The lower deck accommodations are finished in the same style and have been meticulously laid out with extended stays on board in mind. “The guest spaces themselves were optimised over a long period to ensure each was as well-organised as possible.”

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A big boat mentality

On October 30th, Georgia Boscawen wrote the following for SuperyachtNews.com

How did the design team of M/Y 'Virgen del Mar VI' create the illusion of a much larger superyacht?

Spacing – the ultimate challenge to overcome when designing the interior of a superyacht. Rising to the challenge of fitting everything on board – whilst creating the illusion of additional space – is something which goes hand-in-hand with every superyacht project, especially those further down the size scale. For Alia Yacht Builders, Omega Architects and RWD, the challenge of spacing became the ultimate feat as they completed M/Y Virgen del Mar VI, a 235gt marvel and ‘pocket superyacht’.

Delivered in late July, this 31m superyacht was specifically designed to defy common practices with an interestingly devised layout and approach to spacing on board. The custom superyacht has been described by the shipyard as having “A big boat mentality and volume in a compact, custom design package.” But, all in all, this is somewhat of an unusual case study, firstly due to the approach to spacing, but secondly being custom, which is a rare occurrence in the sub 40m market.


“There are plenty of 30m yachts out there, but most are production boats and none of them offers quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features,”

- Gökhan Çelik, president, Alia Yacht Builders

“There are plenty of 30m yachts out there, but most are production boats and none of them offers quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features,” says Alia President Gökhan Çelik. “There is nothing quite like her in her size on the market.” It’s true, the number of fully custom builds in the sub 40m market is scarce, which makes Virgen del Mar VI somewhat of an enigma in the field.

Starting with the exteriors of the yacht created by Omega Architects, Frank Laupman explains how efforts were made to elongate the yacht’s profile and keep a low centre of gravity through design. “In addition to her distinctive raised pilothouse, we dressed her in strong horizontal and vertical lines to emphasise her length and reflect her sturdy, resolute character,” explains Laupman. “We also optimised the waterline length with a plumb bow and a narrow entry for more efficiency at higher displacements speeds for an impressive cruising range of 4500nm.”

Laupman also explains that creating an inside/outside connection is entrenched in Omega Architect’s design philosophy and as a result, wanted to draw in as much natural light as possible through the floor to ceiling windows where possible. To accentuate this need for natural light, Virgen del Mar VI features glass cutaways in the bulwarks to provide unimpeded views. [...]

While of course, Virgen del Mar VI is a fully custom project, the success of this build has meant that Alia Yachts has decided to change its strategy somewhat and transform the yacht into a semi-custom series.

While of course, Virgen del Mar VI is a fully custom project, the success of this build has meant that Alia Yachts has decided to change its strategy somewhat and transform the yacht into a semi-custom series. “Virgen del Mar VI started as a one-off project, but we have great interest to build further units with fully customisable interiors,” says Celik. “We’re also developing a 37m and 50m version based on the same platform.” Alia Yachts has now confirmed that the second hull is already under construction and expects to see more yacht in the series imminently.

The full article is here: http://www.superyachtnews.com/design/a-big-boat-mentality-

Alia Yachts Virgen del Mar VI - All the details from her designers

Alia Yachts wrote the following for Powerboat-World.com

Following delivery to her owner in early July, the 31-metre pocket superyacht immediately started to enjoy a glorious summer between Spain and Turkey.

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Built of steel and aluminium for global cruising with an impressive range. At 235 gross tons M/Y Virgen del Mar VI has equally remarkable volume for her size.

"There are plenty of 30-metre yachts out there, but most are production boats and none of them offer quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features," says Alia President Gökhan Çelik. "There's nothing quite like her in her size on the market."

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To date Alia Yachts has focused on custom production, but Virgen del Mar VI's enthusiastic reception by owners and brokers has convinced the shipyard to expand the technical platform into a semi-custom series. With hull number two already in production, the company fully expects to announce further deliveries in the near future:

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"Virgen del Mar VI started as a one-off project, but we have great interestto build further units with fully customisable interiors," says Gökhan Çelik. "We're also developing a 37-metre and 50-metre version based on the same platform."

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Design update

Frank Laupman, Principal at Omega Architects, on the exterior design

At Omega Architects, we gave Virgen del Mar VI (ex. Project Nozomi) a distinctive raised pilothouse profile and dressed her in strong horizontal and vertical lines to emphasise her length and reflect her sturdy, resolute character.

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Our signature style with sleek, flowing lines can be recognised in the yacht's softly angled overhangs aft and forward, providing elegance as well as functionality.

We also optimised the waterline length with a plumb bow and a narrow entry for more efficiency at higher displacement speeds for an impressive cruising range of 4,500 nm.

A perfect area to enjoy long summer days and evenings is the comfortable widebody sun deck on the fly bridge, which sports a large shaded dining and lounge area with a full bar – all arranged behind the helm station to be close to the action while cruising. Aft is a spacious sun bathing area offering panoramic views.

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An important part of our design philosophy is the feeling of an inside/outside connection, and to increase the superyacht experience we let in natural light and offer views where ever possible. For example, full-height windows in the main salon/ dining room provide unimpeded views through the glass cutaways in the bulwarks.

The full beam owner's suite forward also features full-height windows and similar cutaways that blur the borders between inside and outside, while the side doors offer private access to the companionways and lounge area on the foredeck.

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I felt very lucky to have had the chance to visit the yacht at the Alia shipyard before her delivery. I was truly impressed by the achievement of the yard's highly skilled craftsmen, who were able to turn our design ideas into three-dimensional reality and build this elegant lady of the seas.

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The collaboration with Alia was a rewarding experience for Omega Architects and we look forward to realising more ideas together in the future. And last but not least, we congratulate the discerning owner and wish him many years of joy onboard Virgen Del Mar VI. [...}

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The full article is here: https://www.powerboat-world.com/news/211669/Alia-Yachts-Virgen-del-Mar-VI

Bigger is not always better!

On Tuesday October 30th, Sadie Whitleocks wrote the following for Mail Online:

Bigger's not always better!

Inside the newest 'pocket superyacht' from a Turkish shipyard which is more compact but will still set you back over £1.2million
- The Virgen del Mar VI, built by Turkish shipyard Alia for a private client, measures 31 metres long
- It includes five stylish bedrooms to accommodate ten passengers and plenty of room to entertain
- A designer who was behind the superyacht's exterior design described it as an 'elegant lady of the seas'

It's certainly not pocket-sized but in the world of luxury yachting this smaller-than-average vessel is referred to as a 'pocket superyacht'.

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The Virgen del Mar VI, built by Turkish shipyard Alia for a private client, measures 31 metres long while the biggest superyacht in the world, the Azzam, measures six times this in comparison.

Despite its compact build, the makers of the Virgen del Mar VI say that it's surprisingly roomy inside and newly-released photographs reveals its luxurious interiors, with five stylish bedrooms to accommodate ten passengers and plenty of room to entertain

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There is no word on how much the superyacht sold for, but the previous Virgen del Mar model, measuring 26.1 metres, was listed for almost £1.2 million.

Photos show how the steel and aluminium vessel features floor-to-ceiling windows in the main lounge area, with minimalist interiors completing the slick look.

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The main deck also features a state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry to store supplies.

Meanwhile, in the bow of the boat there is a bright and airy master cabin and bathroom, finished with natural stone and antique brass fixtures and fittings.

Photos show how the steel and aluminium vessel features floor-to-ceiling windows in the main lounge area, with minimalist interiors completing the slick look.

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For those wishing to indulge in a spot of sunbathing, there is a large lounge area on the yacht's top deck, with a seated table to allow for al fresco dining

Since it was delivered to its owner in July, the luxury vessel has been sailing between Spain and Turkey

Moving down to the lower deck via a spiral staircase boasting illuminated steps, there are four more double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

For those wishing to indulge in a spot of sunbathing, there is a large lounge area on the yacht's top deck, with a seated table to allow for al fresco dining.

To help passengers to get into the party spirit of things, there is also a full bar waiting to be stocked.

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Since it was delivered to its owner in July, the luxury vessel has been sailing between Spain and Turkey.

Along with ten passengers, there is space on the yacht to accommodate six crew members.

Commenting on the boat's design, Alia's president Gökhan Çelik said: 'There are plenty of 30-metre yachts out there, but most are production boats and none of them offer quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features.

The yacht was customised to meet the owner's requirements. [...] Along with ten passengers, there is space on the yacht to accommodate six crew members

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The main saloon features a dining area and circular seating area for post-dinner relaxation. Large windows mean the interior is flooded with natural light.

In the yacht's lower deck there are four more double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. 'There's nothing quite like her in her size on the market.'

Meanwhile, Frank Laupman the principal at Omega Architects, which crafted the exterior design described the Virgen del Mar VI as an 'elegant lady of the seas'.

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He concluded: 'Very few 30-metre yachts have the same feeling of space and amenities usually associated with much larger superyachts. The client's brief was to create a yacht with larger than anticipated proportions in every space, using all available means to achieve that goal. This meant optimising technical spaces, using efficient joinery detailing and storage, maximizing the layout, and making the best use of light and space to simply give the impression of a bigger yacht.'

To help passengers to get into the party spirit of things, there is also a full bar on the yacht's outer deck.
The main floor features an outside decking area which can be accessed via sliding doors from the lounge

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Photo credit: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

The full article is here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6329023/Biggers-not-better-Inside-newest-pocket-superyacht.html

Three finalists for ISS Awards!

We feel honoured and humble to see three (!) of our designs nominated for his year's International Superyacht Society (ISS) Awards!
We congratulate Heesen Yachts and keep our fingers crossed!

These are the nominees:

55m Laurentia
Photo by Jeff Brown


50m Home
Photo credit: crew on board Home


47m Book Ends
Photo by Jeff Brown

Sold: Hakvoort's new 45m superyacht Project Adur

On October 9th, Vivian Hendriksz wrote the following for SuperyachtTimes:

Hakvoort has revealed the sale of a new 45.2-metre superyacht, known as Project Adur. The fast planing, full aluminium yacht, was sold by Ocean Independence, who is also handling her build management. Set to feature an exterior and interior design from Omega Architects and naval architecture from the board of Van Oossanen, the owner of the new project is said to have been “heavily involved” in the design process from the start.

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Hakvoort Project Adur exterior design Photo: Omega Architects

The owner was introduced to the Dutch shipyard by Ocean Independence following their successful collaboration on the 38m motor yacht Soprano, which was delivered in 2017. Project Adur's sturdy exterior design bears clear and clean lines, creating a strong and masculine profile. Her exterior design also features innovative details introduced by her owner, such as scooped bulwarks with custom stainless handrail designs for each deck, offering a clear view to the sides of the yacht from all decks. In addition, the rubric has also been removed from her exterior to create a clean, smooth bulwark.

On board, she can host up to eight guests across four cabins, including an owner’s suite complete with a private office located on the main deck. The other three guest cabins are located on the lower deck, which will also house a gym and bow garage, complete with a submarine to explore the deep sea. On her lower deck Project Adur also features a side boarding tender garage, a dedicated lazaretto and dive shop behind a flush stern door.

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Hakvoort Project Adur interior design Photo: Omega Architects

Project Adur's interiors will feature floor to ceiling wrap-around windows on both aft decks, a request from the owner, in order to offer panoramic views from the main deck saloon and plenty of natural light to flood into the interiors. One stand out key feature onboard can be found in the owner’s suite, namely a loggia with an extendable balcony to offer the owner a deep connection to the outside environment and waters.

Thanks to her Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), combined with Van Oossanen Hull Vane patented underwater spoiler, Project Adur’s fuel consumption will be reduced by 20 to 25%. Powered by twin 2580 kW MTU diesel engines and two electric booster engines, she will have an impressive top speed of 26.5 knots. At a steady cruising speed of 12 knots, Project Adur will have a transatlantic range of 3800 nm. Designed with efficient performance in mind, as well as reduced emissions, she is also capable of visiting pristine ecological areas.

47m Book Ends on display at the MYS!

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47m superyacht Book Ends (ex. Project Ruya) is on display during the Monaco Yacht Show, starting tomorrow!
Number 3 of the restyled version in this higly successfull series; and sister ship to MY Elena, winner of the World Superyacht 2015.

The 47m series is a typical example of design by Omega Architects for Heesen Yachts: offering speed and comfort, in a sporty elegant exterior with sleek flowing lines.

Team Omega is present during the MYS and we would welcome you to meet us!