Yacht technology took a few substantial leaps forward in 2017, in everything from eco-friendly propulsion to satellite communications to the use of structural glass in design. And in a handful of impressive examples, form evolved to match new functions, giving yachtsmen exciting features, styling and onboard experiences to enjoy.
Each of us at Yachts International has individual tastes and sensibilities, but we all agree that the following choice represents the best of what the industry offered this past year.
Heesen M/Y Home
Photo by Dick Holthuis
WINNER | Heesen Home
The 163-foot (50-meter) Home is Heesen’s first foray into hybrid power. With exterior design by Omega Architects, the yacht has a lightweight aluminum hull for performance and efficiency. She can be operated in four modes: hybrid, cruising, economical and boost. Home draws on two sources of power for propulsion: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical, creating what Heesen calls a flexible, quiet and vibration-free system. When we were greeted on board, the first words we heard were, “Welcome home.” Naturally.
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