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.
Heesen Yachts shared he following news via Facebook:
Busy times at our shipyard in Oss!
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Omega, we were thrilled to see SuperyachtTimes choose Virgen Del Mar VI, carrying our exterior design, as Superyacht of the Week.
Superyacht of the Week: Vibrant Virgen del Mar VI
8 November 2018 13:00 SuperYacht of the Week
Charl van Rooy
The world of fully-custom 30-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.
“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, Go?khan C?elik. 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.
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 and British studio RWD taking the lead on the inside of the yacht, Project Nozomi (as she was known during the build) was in good hands right from the start. Local Turkish office, Unique Yacht Design also contributed to the project as naval architects. 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.
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.”
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.
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. [...]
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.”
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 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.
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."
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:
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. [...}
The full article is here: https://www.powerboat-world.com/news/211669/Alia-Yachts-Virgen-del-Mar-VI
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'.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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'.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
The full item is here: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/heesen-yachts-delivers-superyacht-white-2795781/
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.