Heesen yacht Laurentia spotted after sea trials

On 16th August Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International magazine:

Secretly launched last month, the 55 metre Heesen superyacht formerly known as Project Alida has been spotted in Hellevoetsluis following her recent sea trials bearing the name Laurentia.

Built on speculation and sold in March, Laurentia features clean, muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. One notable feature of the exterior styling is the original “shark tooth” design detail of the wheelhouse overhang.

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Laurentia is Heesen's largest launch of 2017. Photo: André Dorst/Dutch Yachting

Omega has put a priority on indoor-outdoor living and the yacht features glass inserts in the bulwarks and 180-degree floor to ceiling windows in the 102 square metre skylounge so full views can be enjoyed from anywhere on board.

The accommodation stretches out across her 740GT interior, allowing for up to 12 guests in six staterooms. She has a main-deck master suite and five staterooms below decks, including a one full-beam aft VIP, two twin cabins and two double cabins, all of which feature en-suite bathroom facilities. [...]


Watch as Laurentia returns from her sea trials
Outside spaces are generous as well, with a 110 square metre sun deck. Laurentia’s tenders will be launched from the foredeck, leaving the aft free for a spacious superyacht beach club.

In terms of naval architecture, she rides on a Fast Displacement Hull Form designed by Van Oossanen, which ensures she will be frugal on fuel and have a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots, or cruise at 15 knots powered by Twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 55 metre Project Antares, which is due to hit the water next year.

The full article can be read here

Heesen Delivers Hybrid Superyacht Home

Michael Verdon wrote the following for Robb Report:

Heesen Delivers Hybrid Superyacht Home
The world’s first fast hybrid yacht is delivered to its owner.
BY MICHAEL VERDON ON JULY 20, 2017


Project Nova, the 163-foot Heesen hybrid yacht recently named Home, completed five days of extensive sea trials in the North Sea. Now the yacht is on its way to owners in the Mediterranean. RobbReport.com spoke to Nigel Jenkins, the yacht’s captain, during the shakedown cruise about how well the world’s first fast-hybrid yacht has performed.

Home’s new owner is described by the Dutch yard as a yacht “enthusiast” who has owned several yachts. Home is his first Heesen and his first hybrid. He was attracted by its Omega-designed exterior, which includes an almost hawk-like, vertical bow that serves as the entry for a long, lean profile. But the other feature that convinced him was Home’s hybrid electric-diesel propulsion mated to Heesen’s advanced hull shape.

Over the last five years, Heesen has made a name for itself with its Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, and first used on the 213-foot Galactica Star as well as three other steel-hulled Heesens since.

Home is powered by twin 804 hp MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines, which are small for a yacht this size. Despite the constrained horsepower, Home still achieved an impressive top end of 16.3 knots during its sea trials. Jenkins said top speed increased to 18.5 knots when the MTUs were supplemented with the yacht’s two 170 hp DC electric engines.

“It cruises quite nicely at 16 knots,” Jenkins said during the cruise. “At that speed, it only consumes about 71 gallons per hour.” At 12 knots, fuel consumption drops to 26 gph. Using only the electric motors gives Home a respectable speed of 10 knots at an ultra-miserly 12 gph. When one considers the yacht’s length and 295-ton displacement, Home’s fuel consumption seems almost unreal. While the yacht’s fuel efficiency is impressive, Home advances the hybrid model farther with very low sound and vibration levels that define onboard comfort. Its North Sea trials, in fact, reflected levels well below the original standards.

The trip from Holland to Gibraltar was also delightfully uneventful. “We ran it four days nonstop with the e-motors and no hiccups,” says Jenkins. “These electric motors are smaller and much more fuel efficient than traditional generators. We were able to use them instead of the generators at times. They’re definitely the way forward.”

Home is more than just a hybrid wunderkind. The yacht’s aesthetics, inside and out, are as impressive as its technological breakthroughs. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created the yacht’s striking exterior, from the vertical bow and high bulwarks along the open bow to the floor-to-ceiling windows amidships, to a fixed swim platform at the stern. [...] Home will make its public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Photography by Dick Holthuis. Courtesy of Heesen.

The full article is here

Delivery of Home, first hybrid fast displacement

Heesen Yachts announced that on July 1, 2017, the world’s first Fast Displacement motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion was delivered to her Owner in international waters.
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HOME (formerly Project NOVA) – a 50m all aluminium motor yacht below 500GT with shallow draft – underwent intensive sea trials in the North Sea for five days in calm sea conditions with waves of up to 0.5m and light breeze.
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The results are impressive: not only has HOME easily exceeded her contractual maximum speed of 16.3 knots in the traditional diesel engine mode, but also in the hybrid ‘quiet mode’. Thanks to two 127kW water-cooled DC electric shaft motors, she also exceeded the predicted speed of 9 knots with noise and vibration levels well below the Specification levels.
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HOME is not only extremely quiet, she is also highly fuel efficient. At 12 knots, she has a fuel consumption of 98 litres per hour (excluding generators) and at 10 knots in hybrid mode this further reduces to a staggering 45 litres per hour, which for a 50m yacht, displacing 295 tons and with a Gross Tonnage of 499 is an outstanding achievement. Heesen is also renowned for its meticulous attention to weight reduction, and HOME is an effortless embodiment of this; being lighter than predicted, she is the perfect demonstration of Heesen’s signature capabilities.
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This impressive performance is achieved with just two MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines of 600 kW each, which are smaller than those typically fitted on a yacht of this size. This is once again proof of the remarkable efficiency of the Fast Displacement Hull form devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects, engineered by Heesen’s in-house specialists, and perfectly executed by Heesen’s talented team of welders.
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HOME has also exceeded her range predictions measuring an impressive 4,250 miles at 12 knots – 500 more than specified and this achieved with a fuel capacity of just 45,000 litres, further underlining the remarkable efficiency of the Fast Displacement hull.
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HOME is not only extraordinary for her exceptional performance and excellent seakeeping tendencies, she is also a head-turner. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects is responsible for her striking profile. From her vertical bow and characterising spray rails, to her stern with a large fixed swim platform, wide sweeping stairs leading to the main deck, and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, HOME is a design delight. (...)
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HOME will début at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 27 to 30.

Images courtesy of Heesen Yachts.

47m Book Ends delivered

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Heesen announced that on Tuesday 13 June, YN 17947 christened Book Ends was delivered to her Owner in international waters.

This 47m displacement motor yacht below 500GT was sold in May to an experienced American yachtsman.
Book Ends will spend the summer season cruising in the Mediterranean and then will cross the Atlantic to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

She is currently sailing towards Gibraltar in moderate sea conditions with long waves. The captain comments: “It feels very safe as Book Ends’ structure is solid – Dutch solid! The vessel is very responsive and accepts steering commands immediately. The use of the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit makes for a very quick reaction when the steering tiller is moved, even the slightest amount. We can’t wait to welcome the Owners on board their new home away from home!”

Book Ends’ exterior classic contemporary lines are designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects [...]. This beautiful design package encases a perfectly engineered machine built according to the highest Dutch quality standards.
Book Ends – equipped with two MTU diesel engines 8V 4000 M63 – easily exceeded the contractual speed by 0.6 knots, reaching 15.6 knots during her sea trials, and has an transatlantic range of 4,000nm at 12 knots.

Book Ends is a great new addition to the fast growing Heesen fleet!

Text and image courtesy of Heesen Yachts.

Heesen Yachts sold 47m Ruya

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Heesen Yachts announced that YN 17947 (Project Ruya) has been sold to an experienced American yachtsman.
The client was introduced by Thom Conboy, Heesen’s US representative, who worked closely with the in-house sales team to close the deal in record time. This is Heesen’s third yacht sale this year.
Project Ruya is yet another superb example of Heesen’s commercial strategy: thanks to its solid financial foundation, the shipyard is able to anticipate the construction of new projects in order to significantly reduce delivery times. Project Ruya will be ready for delivery to her new owners on June 19, 2017.
After spending the summer season cruising the Mediterranean she will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The steel-hulled, 47m displacement class below 500GT is a proven design that has been used as a platform to build 12 sister ships. No one is alike, as all of them are the expression of the individuality and unique lifestyle of their owners.[...]

Project Ruya is the third yacht sold in just seven weeks, proving once again the strength of this Dutch shipyard. Ten yachts are currently under construction at the facility in Oss, with deliveries that span through 2019.

Amore Mio Winner at the WSA 2017!

We are so proud and happy that Amore Mio won the coveted Neptune trophy in the category, semi-displacement or planing motor yachts 40m to 50m at the WSA 2017 in Florence.

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According to the recent Boat International article of the WSA 2017 winners, this class tested the judges’ analytical skills and every yacht was treated to detailed scrutiny and discussion. Following this, the secret ballot proved the 45 metre Heesen Amore Mio to be their favourite. The judges admired the versatility of this vessel, which offers an unusual blend of 30-knot performance and a 2,750 nautical mile range at its 12-knot cruising speed.

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Her owners’ requested a ‘summer house on the sea’ and the judges felt this to be well met, with spacious open decks offering admirable dining and lounging areas on two levels aft, while the foredeck offers additional sun-lounging and seating. With so much space devoted to outside areas, the interior layout had to make intelligent use of every available square metre, and the judges felt that this was achieved without compromising either the guest or crew quarters. The technical aspects of the yacht were also praised, particularly the build quality, the gyro-stabilisers that provide low speed and ‘at anchor’ stability, and the possibility to deploy life preservers at the push of a button.

Link: WSA 2017 WINNERS
We would like to congratulate the Owners, her captain, Heesen Yachts and everyone who worked tirelessly and passionately on building this magnificent yacht.

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Photo Credit © : Kurt Arrigo - Heesen Yachts

Project Antares is sold!

We are happy to announce that YN 18455 (aka Project Antares) 55m Fast Displacement motoryacht has been sold.The client was introduced to Heesen by Thom Conboy of Heesen Yachts USA.

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The exterior design consists of muscular lines.The perfect balance of indoor and outdoor space offers the owner and his guests plenty of entertainment space for every occasion, including a 55sqm beach club.Thanks to her fast displacement hull, project Antares optimises space, speed, and fuel efficiency in a design package of approximately 740GT. She accommodates in six luxurious staterooms, including a full-beam VIP cabin, two twins, two double cabins on the lower deck, and an impressively spacious 80-sqm owner’s apartment on the forward main deck.

Project Antares will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea prior to the delivery to her new owners in November 2018.

Welcome, Home!

On April 14, Heesen Yachts has launched our 50m Project Nova (YN 17850) at the yard's facility in Oss. Sold in June 2016, she is the world's first fast displacement with hybrid propulsion. In this case, ‘hybrid’ means that the yacht can draw on two sources of power for propulsion: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical. Either or both sources can be used at the same time to provide more flexible power management and better efficiency along with less noise and vibration. Up to speeds of 9 knots in electrical hybrid mode, the yacht will be as silent as when at anchor.

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We aimed to give her a striking superstructure and an almost vertical bow, which at the end reduced vertical acceleration, thus improving on-board comfort. Home is a modern, innovative yacht with striking lines and a lot of glass more like a beach villa in style, with nature all around you. This effect is enhances by cutaway bulwarks and floor-to-ceiling mirrors that help to bounce light around the spacious interior.She accommodates 12 guests split across six staterooms, including a main-deck owner's suite with it's own superyacht office and walk-in wardrobes. On the lower deck, the guest accommodation is separated from the engine room by the superyacht gym, which has been fitted with a Technogym exercise bike and a set of Bow Flex freeweights, while a zero-speed stabilisation system further enhances her blue water cruising credentials. Tender storage is provided via a foredeck crane, leaving the transom clear for guests to enjoy the large fixed swim platform.

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Following her debut season cruising Norway and the Mediterranean, Home will cross the Atlantic with the aim of making her public debut at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. 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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Photo Credit © : Dick Holthuis - Heesen Yachts

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

TODAY BENETTI NOW IS FAST TOO

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.

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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.”
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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.”

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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.
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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."

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Where is she right now?

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

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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 wes.sanford@northropandjohnson.com.

Northrop & Johnson
17 Rose Drive
Fort Lauderdale
FL 33316
USA

Click here to read the full article.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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 SuperYachtTimes.com:

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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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The full article is available here