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!
On September 6th, Georgia Boscawen wrote the following for Superyachtnews.
The Turkish builder has confirmed the delivery of its fully custom 31m…
Turkish superyacht builder Alia Yachts has confirmed the delivery of 31m M/Y Virgen del Mar VI, the fourth custom superyacht to be completed by the shipyard over 30m. Described by the shipyard as a ‘pocket superyacht’, this new fully custom addition to the fleet has been designed in such a way that the vessel offers a great deal of room on board within the confines of 235gt.
“There is nothing quite like her size in the market,” says Gökhan Çelik, president of Alia Yachts. A bold statement one might think, but one that is certainly not far from the truth. If we look at the 30-35m superyachts that have hit the water in the last year, only one superyacht other than M/Y Virgen del Mar VI, M/Y Northlander by Burger Boat, is a custom build.
“There are plenty of 30 metre yachts out there,” continues Çelik. “But most are production boats and none of them offer quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features.”
The exterior design of the new 31m has been created by Dutch design studio Omega Architects, which has a distinctive raised pilot house profile and continuous dark features which accentuate her length. “Our signature style with sleek flowing lines can be recognised in the yacht’s soft angled inclining overhangs aft and forward, giving her elegance as well as functionality with the gentle inclining stern bulwark protecting privacy on the swim platform,” says Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. “We also optimised the waterline length by the plumb bow, where a narrow entry of the hull provides higher efficiency at higher displacement speeds and adds to an impressive range of 4,500nm."
“I felt so lucky to have had the chance to visit the yacht recently at Alia shipyard," says Laupman. "Seeing her in all her splendor with my own eyes, I was truly impressed by the achievement of the highly skilled craftsmen at the shipyard for turning our design ideas into the three dimensional and true lady of the seas.
“We would also like to thank our principal at Alia for the great collaboration and we are looking forward to continue realizing more ideas together for the future starting today," Laupman continues. "And last but not least, we congratulate the owner, wishing him many years of joy onboard Virgen Del Mar VI, indulging all she has to offer while traveling the world.”
(...) “Virgen del Mar VI started as a one-off project, but we have Letters of Intent to build further units with fully customisable interiors,” says Çelik. “We are also developing a 37 metre and 50 metre version based on the same platform.”
Since the shipyard was established 10 years ago by Çelik and his business partner Ömer Koray, Alia Yachts has delivered a total of ten boats, six of which are between 24 and 30m
On may 6th, Vivian Hendricksz wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Turkish shipyard Alia Yachts has announced the successful delivery of its pocket superyacht, the 31-metre Virgen del Mar VI. The full-displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure was designed for global cruising with a long range and spacious volume of 235GT for her size and delivered to her new owner in early July after she was launched this May.
“There are plenty of 30-metre 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’s nothing quite like her in her size on the market.” Featuring a bold exterior design from Dutch studio Omega Architects, Virgen del Mar VI sophisticated interior styling is the work of UK-based designer RWD.
(...) Full-height, wrap-around windows offer guest plenty of natural light and the opportunity to fully enjoy the outside view. She offers guests plenty of open-air spaces for dining, lounging and sunbathing on the main deck aft and the 50 square-metre fly deck behind the raised pilothouse with a fully-integrated bridge.
Able to accommodate up to ten guests, her layout includes the owner’s stateroom on the main deck and two double guest cabins and two twin guest cabins on the lower deck in addition to the crew quarters. The 22.5 square-metre owner’s stateroom offers direct access to a private forward terrace, as cutouts in the bulwarks fore and aft give guests even more sea views from the main salon and owner’s suite.
Although Alia Yachts has focused on custom production over the years, the warm response to Virgen del Mar VI convinced the shipyard to expand the technical platform into a mini-series. “Virgen del Mar VI started as a one-off project, but we have Letters of Intent to build further units with fully customisable interiors,” he says. “We’re also developing a 37-metre and 50-metre version based on the same platform.”
We are delighted to share with you that Home was chosen as Best of the Best for innovation!
Robb Report wrote the following kind words:
'Eco-friendly doesn’t mean settling for less, judging from the stats of this year’s greenest and most technically innovative yachts. (...)
The hybrid engines of Heesen’s 163-foot Home sip just 71 gallons per hour at 16 knots and a miserly 26 gph at 12 knots.
Photo credit Heesen Yachts / Dick Holthuis
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Heesen Yachts delivers the pearly White [Video]
Heesen’s new 164-foot superyacht White has an iridescent, pearly white exterior and an unusually fast hull.
BY MICHAEL VERDON ON MAY 23, 2018
There’s almost an iridescent beauty about White, the 164-footer recently delivered to its owners by Heesen Yachts. As its name suggests, the yacht has a stark white exterior, the only contrasts being the dark side windows. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created exterior lines that blend soft curves with aggressive side panels, adding contemporary vertical windows along the aft section. The result is a yacht that looks fast, but not overly macho. The lines and curves work well with the color.
White completed its trials in the North Sea, with seas running two feet. The boat’s large rudders connected to an electric steering system makes White unusually responsive for a yacht its size. The twin 3,862 hp MTU engines were chosen for a high power-to-weight ratio, giving the yacht a very respectable top-end speed that crossed 23 knots during the sea trails. At its 11-knot cruise speed, White has a transatlantic range of 3,100 miles.
The seventh yacht in Heesen’s 5000 Aluminum class was also designed to be unusually quiet while running, with low interior decibel levels and minimal vibration from the engines. White also has a specially designed bow thruster, so the yacht can be turned in tight quarters, even during windy conditions. (...)
The owner’s representative called the sea trials the “most satisfying” stage of the build process, adding that the owners are looking forward to the yacht’s shakedown cruise. “We’re positive [the] will bring them many years of wonderful adventures at sea,” says the representative from Abberley Luxury Yachts.
A sistership called Project Aster is now under build at Heesen’s yard in Oss, Netherlands, scheduled for delivery in 2019.
Photo credit: Heesen Yachts / Dick Holthuis
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On May 9th, Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Alia Yachts has launched its latest superyacht project in Antalya, Turkey this week. Named Virgen Del Mar VI, the 30.5-metre motor yacht was sold to her owner earlier this year by Camper & Nicholsons. Construction on the yacht started in 2014.
The design team behind the exterior of Virgen Del Mar VI is Dutch studio, Omega Architects (...).
The 50m superyacht White (YN 18250) has been delivered to her owners after extensive sea trials on the North Sea. She is the 7th is the very successful 50m series at Heesen Yachts, with a sporty and elegant exterior design from Omega Architects.
'White' turned out to be very easy to handle in all kind of weather. Furthermore, she is a highly efficient yacht but not compromising on performance. Her contractual speed of 23 knots was exceeded, and very low vibration levels.
The next sistership is 18750, Project Aster, is currently in build at the shipyard in Oss and planned to be deliverd in June 2019.
On May 8th, Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International:
The 49.8 metre superyacht White has been delivered to her owner following the successful completion of her sea trials, Heesen Yachts has revealed
Originally built on speculation as part of the yard's 500 Aluminium class, this sleek motor yacht was sold in October 2017. (...).
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.
Abberley Luxury Yachts, which represented the owner’s commercial interests during the construction phase, added, “This is the moment we have been looking forward to, and the most satisfying stage of the process for us. We are delighted with the results of White’s sea trials and await the shakedown cruise with her owners with much anticipation. We are positive that she will bring them many years of wonderful adventures at sea.”
(...) 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 and has been fitted out with decorative fabrics from Hermès. The other highlights on the upper deck are the spa pool, surrounded by sunpads, and the full-service bar area.
Twin 3,862hp MTU 16V4000 series engines allow for a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon, which is due to launch in 2021.
On May 4th, Gemma Fottles wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Launched on 8th February at Heesen’s facilities in Oss, the Netherlands, the 50-metre superyacht White has been delivered to her owners. Known as Project Ayla throughout construction, White is the seventh hull in the Dutch yard’s popular 5000 Aluminium Class and features exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. (...)
Commenting on her performance during sea trials, Heesen says: “Extensive sea trials took place in the North Sea in good weather conditions, with waves up to half a metre. White proved to be very responsive during her sea trials, reacting to steering commands instantaneously thanks to the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit. Her powerful bow thruster in combination with the propellers optimised for her speed range, allow the vessel to be manoeuvred with confidence in close quarters even in windy conditions.
"Heesen’s acknowledged expertise in weight reduction, combined with two high power-to-weight ratio MTU 2,880kW engines, has proved to be a winning formula once again. The maximum contractual speed of 23 knots was largely exceeded, while at the same time vibration tests proved White to be extremely quiet.”
The delivery of White follows in the wake of several launches and deliveries from Heesen this year, including the fellow 5000 Aluminium Class yacht VanTom which was delivered in February (...).
White’s sister ship, Project Aster, is currently under construction and is available for delivery in June 2019.
Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
Heesen Yachts boasts a portfolio of fascinating and sometimes bizarre custom superyachts built for ambitious clients, ready to push the envelope along with the trusted Dutch shipyard. But what Heesen is perhaps best known for is its ability to consistently deliver hull after hull of their proven and loved series of semi-custom superyachts. The shipyard has become a master in this field and manages without fail to match owners from around the world with their fully engineered and designed masterpieces. The Book Ends story is one such tale that ended with an experienced owner now ready to explore new cruising grounds along with a new found love for his favourite hobby.
As the 13th unit in Heesen’s 47-metre displacement line, Book Ends shares the same Omega Architects exterior design as many of its fleet’s most well-travelled superyachts. Think Scirocco, 4You and Blind Date; Book Ends builds on the experience Heesen has gained delivering yachts such as these over the last decade. With a high internal volume of under 500 GT, impressive cruising range of 4,000 nm, durable and stable steel hull and relatively shallow draft for safe cruising, Book Ends and her sisters serve just as perfect as a first-time owner’s yacht as much as it appeals to some of the most experienced yachtsmen out there.
With a full beam sky lounge and forward master suite, Book Ends is all about big interior spaces. But don’t be fooled by those curvaceous overhangs that shelters each outdoor deck space, there are plenty of deck areas to hang out on – 186 square metres, in fact.
One of the owner’s favourite spots on board is the open foredeck are where one can lounge under those two iconic bright orange umbrellas which allow you to spot Book Ends from a mile away.
But the sundeck really is the ultimate outside space and accounts for nearly half of Book Ends' total exterior deck area. Here you can take in the views from the spa pool up forward which overlooks the foredeck or sit back and relax on the built-in circular seating area aft after a fun day out on the water with family and friends. A central bar area is the place to be when the sun has set, and can easily cater to large gatherings when entertaining guests. (...)
One notable feature that sets Book Ends apart from her older sisters is the amount of glazing used throughout the yacht. Larger windows and portholes add a new dimension to this highly optimised layout that has been designed to cater to a yacht life that every guest will come to appreciate. (...)
A central staircase forward of the main saloon leads down to the guest cabins where you will find two double and two twin cabins, outfitted in the same level of luxury as experienced on the main deck. Along with the master suite, these cabins take the total guest count to 10 persons who can live aboard Book Ends. Back upstairs is the lavish master suite that is reserved for the owners. (..)
Heesen’s engineering team along with the gurus at MTU fitted a twin 8V 4000 M63 engine configuration in the bowels of Book Ends that provides a 15 knots top speed when needed during those fun island-hopping afternoon cruises.
We've just got back from Singapore Yacht Show 2018 ?and one of the highlights of our rendezvous at this year's spectacle was meeting with world-renowned yacht designers Omega Architects. ?The famous superyacht design firm is highly sought-after for its design prowess and conceptualising skills and we were glad to rub shoulders once more with the firm's founder Mr. Frank Laupman, who established the firm way back in 1995. He in turn, divulged some juicy news pertaining to two new exciting projects that Omega Architects are working on and we have some details below.
65M Sport Explorer Superyacht Concept With Van Oossanen
The first of the two projects is a bold concept; a 65-metre superyacht collaboration with naval architects Van Oossanen (which will provide their expertise on hull design and build, FDHF). According to Frank, this 65-metre superyacht concept design explores a refined sense in yachting luxury with its 'sports explorer' theme.
Apparently, it will express a sharp and sporty exterior design with sturdy vertical semi-reversed bow and signature design iconic arches, which is basically Omega's 'integrated hull and body' design. This means this 65-metre concept should also display strong muscular lines in dark glass windows and overhangs creating length, sleek flowing shapes in the curved roof and arches in adding the sporty elegance.
Over on the inside, this new concept is said to hold an extravagant beach club feature, one that opens up the interior aft in two ways; a hinged down transom that turns into the swim platform, with the port side door making a balcony for easy boarding of the necessary tender and toys. It's also going to feature Heesen's easy on the eye neutral colours such as gold, copper, brown, sand and white, all tones that usually enhance the luxurious feeling in a relaxing way as with their previous superyachts.
We've also been informed that where living spaces are concerned there will be two double and two twin guest cabins, each with en-suite bathrooms. There will also be a crew corridor for easy service of the guest rooms with extra spacious captain's suite which comes with an optional office area. All in all, this project by Omega Architects and Van Oossanen will be able to accommodate up to 10 guests and 16 crewmen.
As for Van Oossanen's input for this concept, you can be rest assured that comfort and efficiency will be achieved via their expertise on fluid dynamics and naval architecture, notably the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF).
62M Project With CRN Yachts
Omega Architects will also be at the helm of one other project for super and mega yacht builder, CRN Yachts, a brand under Italian yachting giants, Ferretti Group. Code-named as 'hull no. 138', this newly commissioned superyacht will see Omega Architects express their distinctive design features: sporty and sleek exterior lines while integrating seamless functions of space and performance. The project will be closely developed together with CRN's engineering department of course.
This new yacht will definitely showcase the art of bespoke shipbuilding that is synonymous with CRN Yachts, and the sale of this 62 m vessel is yet another success stemming from CRN's long-standing cooperation with Omega Architects, which, in 2014, had already led to the creation of an iconic yacht like the 73-metre Yalla.
As is the nature of privacy when it comes to new superyacht commissions, not many details have been revealed about either of these two new projects in the pipelines for Omega Architects. However, what can be confirmed by Frank Laumpman is that Omega Architects will be spearheading all the design fractions of both projects by conceptualising everything, from the maindecks, interior appointments and the utilisation of space all throughout the various sections of each yacht design. It will be quite a sight to see these two models on the open seas when it comes to fruition.
On April 8th, The Grid Asia magazine wrote the following:
Within the current project books of Van Oossanen Naval Architects, we felt that these projects we have picked (amongst many others within their portfolio spanning multiple years) in showcasing their expertise and capabilities within the realm of naval engineering and architectural ingenuity, highly deserves mentions.
Enter the world of luxury exploration - with the NedXplor 38 - the brainchild birthed from the collaboration between world renowned Dutch yachting designers Van Oossanen and Omega Architects. As the 2nd part of the name implies, the NedXplor 38 is an explorer class luxury yacht, but of which is almost half the size of most current explorer builds today. The NedXplor 38 stands at 125 feet or 38 meters in length overall, and she's envisioned to be every inch an explorer, as well as every inch a luxury yacht.
According to Perry Van Oossanen, head of the naval-architecture studio, the reason for the choice of sizing is to truly fulfill the NedXplor 38's role as a true explorer yacht with capabilities to anchor close to coasts, enter small harbours, easy maneuverability and explorability - all which are attributes which an adventurous yacht needs. "Yachts in this size bracket can sometimes be overlooked, but this size of yacht is incredibly appealing for so many reasons," says Perry van Oossanen.
The NedXplor 38 boasts a range of more than 5,000 nautical miles, at cruising speeds of 11 knots, with top speeds at 15.5 knots powered by Caterpillar engines. For those who needs a clearer gauge of how far this range is, imagine sailing from Phuket, Thailand to the Indonesian Archipelagos (as far as West Papua), then back to Phuket on a single tank. This is indeed a good range for exploration, and the magic that makes this all a reality? The combination of both Van Oossanen's patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) and patented Hull Vane® underwater spoiler. This combination provides for at minimum, 30% fuel savings over comparable, traditionally hulled megayachts of her length overall. As an added option, when commissioning the build of the NedXplor 38, one could opt for an ice-classed hull as well as to choose the shipyard of choice.
Where the engineering designs of the NedXplor 38 are courtesy of Van Oossanen, the artform, aesthetics and space of both exterior and interior of the NedXplor 38 are courtesy of Omega Architects. On her exterior, there exists a refreshing take as the NedXplor 38 dons a futuristic design of a classical explorer, giving her that modern-classic appeal. Her forward superstructure profile allows for ample space at the stern section, which one could also then opt for a certified helipad in utilising the space. The interior of the NedXplor 38 will be as inviting as that of a traditional "white yacht", with a play of full height glass windows in achieving the feeling of space vastness. Interior fixtures and fittings are customisable to taste. Other highlights of the interior would include a main-deck owner's suite, amenities like a beach club and a gym, four guest staterooms below deck and accommodation for 7 crews. The NedXplor 38 was created with volume in mind, and she boasts volumes similar to the traditional yachts - with a 27ft 6in (8.4m) beam and half loaded displacement of 355 gross tonnes. And with the volume, the NedXplor 38 caters for 5 tenders at the aft deck. (...)
Other notable Heesen projects which has Van Oossenen Naval Architects footprints are Galactica Super Nova (70m), Galactica Star (65m), Home (49.8m) and others. It is definitely worth meeting Van Oossanen Naval Architect's representative, Niels Moerke during the upcoming SYS 2018 should you be intrigued in customising and designing your very own yacht.
Diane M. Byrne wrote the following for Megayachtnews.com on March 31st
What happens when two designers collaborate on a yacht, independent of a shipyard, to pique buyers’ interests? More important, what happens when those designers zero in on a size range largely ignored by most similar concepts? You get the NedXplor 38, created by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Omega Architects. While every inch an explorer, she’s also every inch a luxury yacht. As such, she hits multiple marks.
At 125 feet (38 meters), the NedXplor 38 is nearly half the size of a number of expedition proposals and current builds. Van Oossanen, Omega, and IYC, which holds the exclusive listing, see strong appeal for that very reason. Furthermore, as Perry van Oossanen, head of the naval-architecture studio, says, “The size means that it can be a true explorer yacht, anchoring close to the coast, entering small harbors and exploring, and easy to handle and maneuver—all the attributes an adventurous yacht needs.”
NedXplor 38 megayacht interior
Available for build at the yard of your choice, she’s set for adventure indeed. The NedXplor 38 features Van Oossanen’s patented Fast Displacement Hull Form, as well as its patented Hull Vane underwater spoiler. The combination promises 30 percent fuel savings over comparable, traditionally hulled megayachts of her LOA. Furthermore, she should see more than 5,000 nautical miles while cruising under Caterpillar power at 11 knots. (Top end is 15.5 knots.) Should you so wish, she can have an ice-classed hull, too.
The NedXplor 38’s superstructure-forward profile certainly conveys her exploration orientation. Inside, however, the atmosphere is as inviting as that of a traditional “white yacht.” Full-height glass, a main-deck owner’s suite, and other amenities like a beach club and gym are highlights. So are four guest staterooms below decks, accommodations for seven crew, and the option for a certified helipad. With a 27’6” (8.4-meter) beam and half-load displacement of 355 gross tons, she has volumes of a traditional yacht.
All you have left to do is pick the five (yes, five) tenders for the aft deck, and tailor the interior.
Sadie Whitelocks wrote the following for Mail Online:
- Home, built by Dutch shipyard Heesen, is decked out with a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system
- In silent mode, the yacht can reach up to nine knots, while in normal mode it can hit a top speed of 16.3 knots
- Home's hybrid and mechanical power sources can be used simultaneously or independently
A new cutting-edge superyacht boasts a silent mode in a bid to offer guests the ultimate luxury - peace and quiet.
The 164ft-long aluminium-constructed Home, built by Dutch shipyard Heesen, is decked out with a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system, which minimizes noise pollution and fuel consumption without sacrificing speed.
London-based professor Barry Smith, who founded the Centre for the Study of the Senses, helped guide the boat's development and he said that Home runs at 'a sound of around 46 decibels - the level of softly falling rain'.
Professor Smith says this unique feature will help high-flying passengers get greater enjoyment from the yacht's on-board amenities - especially when it comes to food.
He explains: ‘Our research has shown that the brain’s processing of taste is affected by noise, which reduces the tongue’s ability to detect salt, sweet and sour.
'The beauty of Home is that it enables those on board to enjoy food and drink to the full with no diminution of taste.'
And there is plenty of space on the outside decks to entertain or enjoy the sea air
Heesen designers said they found many of the activities at sea involve enjoying good food and wine, so they wanted to cut out any distractions.
Home's hybrid and mechanical power sources can be used simultaneously or independently.
In silent cruise mode, her fuel consumption reduces to a staggering 45 litres per hour - an astonishing feat for a yacht displacing 295 tons and a gross tonnage of 499.
The yacht has an aerodynamic design, allowing it to cut through the water at speed
In this setting, the yacht can reach up to nine knots, while in normal mode it can hit a top speed of 16.3 knots.
On the design front, Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, was responsible for crafting Home's exteriors.
He opted for a vertical bow, with other striking features including a swimming platform and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. (...)
Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, guests can enjoy sweeping ocean views from the comfort of their room
The yacht can sleep up to 12 guests and the owner’s apartment includes a private study, large bathroom and spacious bedroom.
There is a spacious sundeck on the yacht, so guests can sit back and soak up the sun
On the lower deck there are five luxurious staterooms, with two doubles, two twins and one VIP suite.
Other rooms around the watercraft include two lounges, a dining room, gym, spa area and lobby.
The main outdoor deck centres around the theme of 'relaxed living', with sun loungers dotted around and a sweeping open-air bar.
At night, the yacht takes on a different guise, with spotlights and coloured lighting transforming its appearance.
At night time the yacht comes alive, thanks to dozens of spotlights on the outside decks
Home was sold to a passionate yacht enthusiast in July 2016 but there is no word on who the purchaser was and how much the vessel went for, though it is known that her sister ship, Project Electra, currently under construction, would cost approximately 33.8 million euros.
Home was sold to a passionate yacht enthusiast in July 2016 but there is no word on who the purchaser was or how much the vessel went for
Home's finished design was unveiled in 2017 and this January it won Best Naval Architecture Displacement and Best Ecological Design & Operation Innovation at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Kitzbühel.
This January the yacht won Best Naval Architecture Displacement and Best Ecological Design & Operation Innovation at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Kitzbühel
Judges praised Home's designers for addressing ways to reduce environmental impact.
We are thrilled to announce three (!) of our designs were chosen as finalist for the World Superyacht Award 2018: 50m Home, 55m Laurentia and 47m Book Ends.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday May 19th in Firenze, Italy.
We keep our fingers crossed!
Left on top:
47m Book Ends
(Photo by Jeff Brown)
(Photo by Jeff Brown)
Both in the category Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT - 40m and Above
Left below: 55m Laurentia
Photo courtesy of Heesen Yachts
In the category Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 1,999GT:
Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes
Since the modern pocket explorer superyacht arrived on the scene in the mid 2000s, we have seen a dramatic change in the capabilities of these versatile vessels, making them more adaptable and appealing to new and experienced clients than ever before, many of which are able to safely and independently take their owners around the world in search of real adventure.
Omega NedExplor 38 Design
Omega Architects is continuing the development of this popular market segment with the release of their new NedXplor 38 expedition yacht project. The vessel is designed by an all-Dutch colaboration to deliver the best of both the modern superyachting and off-road exploring worlds through a platform that is characterised by innovative storage and layout solutions that offer the same amount of guest spaces associated with a conventional 38-metre without sacrificing any exterior deck areas and tender-carrying capabilities.
NedXplorer 38 Concept
The exterior profile suggests that the NedXplor 38 is ready for some serious action with a powerful and dynamic stance created by the reverse incline of the bridge windows as well as the high freeboard and near plumb bow. Ready to carry up to five tenders, the raised main deck aft area is also designed to receive a helicopter when not in use as an aft lounge terrace. The tender garage on the lower aft deck converts into a beach club.
Inside there are five cabins that offer accommodation for up to 10 guests. The mood of the suggested interior décor is relaxing and simplistic in a very stylish fashion. Bright materials and surfaces along with life-size windows create a wonderfully airy environment and provide the perfect setting to enjoy the surrounding views from.
In addition to developing the naval architecture of the vessel, Van Oossanen Naval Architects also put their spin on the project to create a more stable and fuel efficient experience on board through the installation of its Hull Vane foil below the stern of the yacht. The device reduces resistance underway and improves seakeeping.
Keeping true to her explorer nature, NedXplor 38 will be able to cover 5,023 nm at 11 knots without having to refuel and if needed, get up to 15 knots at maximum power.
Bernie Challis, the IYC Monaco listing agent for the project, adds that the NedXplorer 38 is perfect for those in search of a unique and versatile vessel. “It is an amazing yacht that will be a seriously interesting prospect to many owners looking for something a little different, perfectly suited to very extended cruising.”
Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International:
Omega Architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects have released details of their latest collaboration, the NedXplor 38 concept.
Offered for sale with IYC Monaco, whose broker Bernie Challis helped to develop the project, this 38 metre full displacement explorer yacht would be built to MCA LY3 standards at an undisclosed Dutch shipyard. Designer Frank Laupman explained that she balances form and function with “a bold, masculine exterior, complemented by a warmer, feminine elegant interior”.
Vital statistics include an 8.4 metre beam and a 2.7 metre draught at half load
The explorer aesthetic is reinforced by a near-vertical bow, which maximizes interior volume, and reverse-angled wheelhouse windows — ideal for passagemaking in all conditions.
Naval architect Perry van Oossanen added: “Yachts in this size bracket can sometimes be overlooked, but this size means that it can be a true explorer yacht, anchoring close to the coast, entering small harbours and exploring, and easy to handle and manoeuvre — all the attributes an adventurous yacht needs.”
Accommodation is for up to ten guests split across five cabins, including a full-beam owner’s suite situated on the main deck, as well as two doubles and two twin cabins on the lower deck.
The ten-person dining area stretches the length of the saloon on the port side
The crew quarters, suitable for a staff of up to seven people, are situated in the bow, leaving the aft free for storing tenders and toys. This versatile space can be easily transformed into a superyacht beach club and gymnasium, the designers add. The spacious main deck aft is another key feature — large enough to be set up as either a helipad or storage space for additional tenders.
Power would come from a pair of 1,000hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of 5,032 nautical miles at 11 knots. Van Oossanen explains that this globetrotting ability is made possible by the fitment of a hull vane, which also reduces pitching and rolling motion.
“The most important thing about this design is that it performs, beyond looking good,” he concludes. “We believe that the yacht’s size paired with the hull vane is a very interesting proposal for owners looking for a truly adventurous yacht without the size and investment that a much larger explorer yacht requires.”
Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperyachtTimes:
Northrop & Johnson has announced the sale of the 36.8-metre Heesen superyacht Li-Lien, with Wes Sanford representing the seller during the sale.
Launched by Heesen in the Netherlands in 2005, Li-Lien has exterior and interior design from the drawing boards of the Dutch studio Omega Architects. The 36.8-metre superyacht also underwent an extensive refit in 2012.
On board, she accommodates up to 10 guests across five ensuite staterooms, comprising one master stateroom, two queens and two twins. A crew of five is also accommodated for on board.
As for her stand-out features, Li-Lien boasts excellent deck space, ideal for alfresco dining on the aft deck or sunbathing on her sun pads. She also features a large tender garage where the tender and toys are stowed for a toy-free deck and easy access.
Powered by twin 3648 hp Diesel engines, Li-Lien has an impressive top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots. In addition, the 36.8-metre superyacht also has an ABS classification as well as an MCA certification.
At the time of sale, Li-Lien was listed at an asking price of €4,950,000.
Gemma Fottles wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:
The 30.5-metre superyacht Nozomi which began construction at Turkish shipyard Alia in 2014 has been sold, Camper & Nicholsons has recently announced. She features exterior design by Dutch studio Omega Architects [...]. With delivery scheduled in spring this year, her new owner now has the opportunity to personalise the yacht whilst waiting just a few short months for completion.
Sold in an in-house deal at Camper & Nicholsons, the brokerage firm states: “With Gaston Lees Buckley representing the shipyard and Arne Ploch the buyer, the yacht has been listed with Camper & Nicholsons for just three months and provided an excellent opportunity for the buyer to jump in and own a brand new yacht without the wait of an entire new build. Her new owner has the opportunity to get involved in the finer interior details and design, making the yacht his own when she is delivered in 2018. Camper & Nicholsons would like to thank all those involved in the sale.”
Heesen Yachts shared the news that "on February 8, 2018, YN 18250 – formerly known as Project Ayla – was launched at the shipyard in Oss. Her owners christened their new yacht White.
At 50 metres, with a Gross Tonnage below the 500GT threshold, White is a gorgeous addition to the successful 5000 Aluminium class whose exterior lines are by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. 18250 originally began on speculation, but was bought one year into construction. [...]
A sense of space and relaxation is the key-theme throughout the yacht, both inside in private and social areas, and outside [...].
White will be intensively tested in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in April 2018.
Georgia Boscawen wrote the following for Superyachtnews.com
Heesen announces the delivery of 98th superyacht We take a look at the yard's newest delivery 50m 'VanTom', and its five-year performance…
Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of 50m motoryacht VanTom, bringing the shipyard’s fleet ever closer to its 100th delivery. The new superyacht is the sixth yacht in Heesen’s popular 50m semi-displacement range designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Now, with 10 yachts under construction, what do the next few years have in store for Heesen?
According to The Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report 2018: New Build, Heesen has delivered a total of 18 yachts in the last five years, with a cumulative LOA of 913.4m. As a result, based on the criteria specified in the report, Heesen is considered to be the eighth most active superyacht builder in the market. For at least the last five years, Heesen has demonstrated its strong position through its consistency of having delivered three or more superyachts per annum. This looks as if it is set to continue with deliveries scheduled up until 2020.
In 2018, Heesen will reach a very important milestone with the delivery of its 100th superyacht. Now with 98 vessels on the water, Heesen certainly has one of the larger order books in the market since it began building superyachts in 1883.
In issue 183 of The Superyacht Report, the activity of Omega Architects was analysed, showing the flourishing design relationship with Heesen Yachts since 2001. The Dutch design studio is now responsible for the design of more than 45 per cent of the delivered Heesen fleet. The analysis also shows that Omega tops the rankings in the 45-65m motoryacht sector (2012-2017 deliveries) with an 18.4 per cent share of all projects delivered.
The delivery of VanTom took place in international waters on February 14th, following an extensive period of sea trials. Captain David Burge comments, “During sea trials the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even while proceeding at speeds of over 23 knots.” These trials took place in the North Sea in January of this year, with waves up to one metre.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Heesen throughout this new build for the past two years,” says Arne Ploch of Camper & Nicholsons, who represented the client’s commercial interests during construction. “It has been a smooth relationship based on mutual trust and respect, the way it should be when building a new yacht. It has been a great experience for the owner and his team.”
Heesen has clearly started the year off positively, having just announced the sale of 60m fully custom motoryacht Project Falcon, which is scheduled for delivery in 2021. The shipyard also has a further four superyachts scheduled for delivery in 2018, with a cumulative LOA of 206m.