Superyacht of the Week: betting on Book Ends

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. (...)

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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. (...)

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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.

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