BOAT OF THE WEEK : Aquamarine

Written by Julia Zaltzman on June 26, 2020 for Robb Report

How This Award-Winning 164-Foot Superyacht Got Smarter—and Greener
Based on Heesen's 2011 Satori series, 'Aquamarine' is sleeker and more fuel efficient, with a much shallower draft than its predecessors.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That saying might sound like simple common sense to an American or Briton. Just don’t say it to a Dutchman, especially one bent on designing and building best-in-class superyachts. Even though Heesen’s Satori 50-meter (164-foot) class was considered top of its class—immediately attracting eight buyers after the model was launched in 2011—the Dutch builder decided to create an even greener, sleeker and more hydrodynamic yacht with a highly catchy, seafaring name.
Aquamarine, which will be delivered early next year, is the first yacht in Heesen’s new 5000 Aluminum Class. Boiled down, she’s essentially an upgrade built around a proven platform. Oh, but what an upgrade.

Naval architects Van Oossanen designed a sleeker and more optimized semi-displacement hull, and Omega Architects created a sportier exterior. The Japanese-inspired interior by Italian designer Cristiano Gatto is sheer elegance thanks to its simple execution, but the simplicity leaves the owners with a blank canvas to customize the important spaces, including the palatial master stateroom on the main deck and four guest suites on the deck below.

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Heesen raised the height of the transom to create a rear space that can be used as both beach club and tender garage. The foldout swim platform adds an extra dimension to enjoying the water.

“We gave the yacht a facelift,” says Thom Conboy, Heesen’s U.S. representative, about the changes in Aquamarine compared to the Satori series. Actually, the biggest structural changes are more akin to a tummy tuck. The 164-footer’s altered running surface includes a significantly reduced draft that makes it a much more versatile cruising machine. “The propellers are tucked up into tunnels beneath the hull, as on the previous design, but we also raised the transom,” says Conboy. “That decreased the yacht’s draft by more than a foot and a half, which makes Aquamarine quite favorable for shallower waters like the Bahamas.”

The raised aft deck, which is finished on top in a collection of sunpads, allowed the designers create a full-height, multi-purpose tender garage that also works as a luxury beach club since it connects directly to the flush swim platform. “It’s a wonderful platform when anchored up somewhere for people to enjoy watersports and a swim,” says Conboy.

On the top deck is an open area for sunbathing and a Jacuzzi, with a hardtop for shade. On the forward section of the yacht is a private nook with twin lounges and a table.

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The new hull bottom on this next-generation Heesen went through extensive tank testing to prove that it would be more efficient than the last running surface.

Omega Architects used large swaths of glass for both form and function; excessive amounts of light bathe the interior, but also create beautiful, black lines that give Aquamarine her lean profile. The bulkheads flow nicely along the hull, culminating in a curved bow.

Another of Aquamarine’s next-generation features are MTU’s new “green-ocean” 16V4000 M65L engines, which are rated to a total of 7,500 horsepower. While that translates to a lot of horses under the hood, these engines are actually smaller than the previous MTU generation, but have the same power-to-weight ratio. That means less fuel is required to hit the expected top speed of 23 knots. Aquamarine will have transatlantic range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.

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The yacht will also be the first in her size range to have selective catalytic reduction (SCR) that reduces NOx emissions, for IMO Tier III compliance. “We evolve with our industry and comply with new regulations, but we always try to stay a little ahead of the curve,” says Conboy. “I would say Aquamarine is as green as anything that’s being done in the yachting industry today.”

In terms of missions, Conboy sees this all-aluminum yacht as a versatile cruising machine that would be suited to just about any waterway in the world. “She’ll probably attract a pretty traditional buyer,” he says. “She will have the type of owner who will use the boat in the Mediterranean, Maine or the Grenadines.”

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Aquamarine is for sale for $40.3 million. Check out this

as the interior is now being completed in the Heesen shipyard. Here are more images of what promises to be an exciting new generation of yachts for Heesen.

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All Images Courtesy of Heesen Yachts

DELIVERY OF M/Y AMARE II

Written by
Elodie Behravan , for SuperYacht Times

After an intensive series of sea trials on the North Sea back in May, the former Project Electra, Amare II, has been delivered to her owners. In fair weather conditions, the 49.8-metre Amare II from the Heesen 50m Alu FDHF range successfully completed her sea trials and exceeded her contractually anticipated speed by 0.9 knots, allowing her to reach a top speed of 17.2 knots in diesel mode, and 10.2 knots in silent mode.

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Amare II yacht on her maiden voyage
Photo: Dick Holthuis

As the second vessel in Heesen’s hybrid series to hit the water and sistership to Home, Amare II features Omega Architects exterior lines and Van Oossanen naval architecture. At just under 50-metres, the all-aluminium motor yacht Amare II remains in the sub-500 GT category thanks to her lightweight fast-displacement hull form which significantly improves her fuel efficiency in comparison to other yachts in her class. The tri-deck superyacht can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins, while a crew of nine sleeping in five cabins can take care of her guests.

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Designed by the Preganziol-based designer Cristiano Gatto, her interiors were constructed by Heesen’s interior team, while the owners of Amare II entrusted Sabrina Monte-Carlo with the interior styling. Following the pastel interior theme, the yacht’s decor was crafted in collaboration with other Italian brands, including B&B Italia, Paola Lenti, Giorgetti, Porta Romana.

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Despite the challenges that the covid-19 pandemic presented the yard with, Heesen was able to safely deliver the yacht with only a minor delay. With Captain Brenden Scoot having assembled her crew, Amare II is ready for action and will embark on her first adventure cruising the Mediterranean for the summer season.

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VIRTUAL BOAT SHOW: 50m Project Aquamarine

Inside Heesen's In-Build 50 Metre Yacht Project Aquamarine

BOAT INTERNATIONAL is hosting a virtual boat show uniting brokers, builders and designers in one place. Last week, MIRANDA BLAZEBY wrote the following about the 50 metre Project Aquamarine.

Dutch builder Heesen Yachts has released a virtual tour video inside its in-build 50 metre yacht Project Aquamarine.
The virtual tour explores the under construction spaces inside the superyacht and compares them to renderings of the finished result.
It comes after the yard announced the hull and superstructure of Project Aquamarine, the first superyacht in its new 5000 Aluminium class, were joined in July last year.

First announced by the yard in February, the 50 metre yacht is due for a January 2021 delivery and is now in the outfitting stage.
Project Aquamarine will be the first fast-cruising yacht below 500GT to be IMO Tier III compliant, Heesen said.
Built entirely from aluminium, the motor yacht will feature a brand new hull design developed by Heesen’s in-house naval architects in collaboration with Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
The yard estimates the new design will have an “efficiency gain of 12%”, which the yard attributes to a raised transom and additional propeller tunnels incorporated into the hull.

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The yacht passed the keel laying milestone in March

The inclusion of raised propellers will consequently reduce the yacht’s draft to just 2.15 metres, making Project Aquamarine “the perfect yacht for cruising the Bahamas, as well as the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean,” the yard said.
Heesen revealed the hull design had been optimised by Van Oossanen before a 1:16 model was put to the test at the Southampton-based Wolfson Unit.

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Project Aquamarine will sport a “clean and modern” exterior design by Omega Architects. Omega founder Frank Laupman said, “The design we created for the new 5000 Aluminium Class combines our own heritage with that of Heesen as a builder of elegant and sporty aluminium motor yachts. The ‘integrated hull and body design’, which was first seen on the iconic 65 metre Galactica Star, gives a strong character to the yacht’s profile.”

Key features will include a raised aft deck fitted with sunpads and a full height tender garage that will double as a luxury beach club with a flush swim platform. An additional rescue tender will be stored under a hatch at the front of the wheelhouse.

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The interior renderings for Project Aquamarine have also been revealed

The Japanese-inspired interior design, meanwhile, will be handled by Cristiano Gatto. Accommodation will be for a total of 12 guests in four lower deck guest suits and a main deck master stateroom.
Speaking about the design, Gatto said: "I believe that Japanese accents help to create the right mood on board. Simplicity, linearity and bright colours are the main themes throughout."

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The yacht is currently under construction at Heesen and due for a 2021 delivery

He added: "Our aim was to provide the owner and guests with a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Clean and uncluttered living gives a sense of balance and love for beauty."
Project Aquamarine’s propulsion package will consist of MTU 16V4000M65L green oceanic engines, which have been specially designed to reduce emissions. Project Aquamarine will have a top speed of 23 knots and range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.

If you would like to know more about the project, please visit the following links;

Heesen Yachts

Omega Architects

Virtual Boat Show: 55m Project Pollux

Inside Heesen's In-Build Project Pollux

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Boat International is hosting a virtual boat show uniting brokers, builders and designers in one place. They wrote the following about the 55 metre Project Pollux.

Dutch builder Heesen Yachts has released a virtual tour inside its in-build 55 metre superyacht Project Pollux.

Due for delivery in October 2020, Project Pollux is the fifth hull in Heesen's 55 metre Steel series.

Key on board features include the owner's stateroom, an 82 square metre suite forward of the main deck. A further 10 guests are accommodated in five ensuite cabins.
The interior has been penned by British design studio Bannenberg & Rowell, with materials including sophisticated smoked oak parquet flooring, marble surfaces and occasional bronze accents.

Project Pollux’s exterior design by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects features floor to ceiling windows, open bulwarks and “chiselled lines”, the yard said.

Toys and tenders are stored on the foredeck while the beach club and wellness area sit aft close to the water.

M/Y Yalla in St.Tropez

Characterized by her sleek, slender and sporty lines, M/Y Yalla was seen yesterday enfolded in the brilliant blues of the sky and sea along the ‘Cote d’Azur’.

Built - @crnyachts
Length - 73m

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HEESEN'S 50M SUPERYACHT ERICA IN POOLE

SuperYacht Times published the following article about the Heesen 50-metre ERICA

Wrote by Charl van Rooy

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Delivered to her owner in 2019 and seen here recently moored in Poole Harbour is superyacht Erica, one of Heesen’s most distinctive yachts to date. With a custom metallic-grey exterior, Erica stands apart from her fellow 50-metre FDHF sisters in a range that consists of four unique projects including Home and Amare II. Known as project Boreas (YN 18650) during her build, Erica is the result of designers Omega Architects, Mark Whiteley and Van Oossanen Naval Architects' combined expertise together with technical consultants MCM’s meticulous oversight. The full-aluminium yacht is engineered by Heesen’s in-house naval architects to be as efficient and seaworthy as possible with a high cruising speed.

M/Y Samurai in Gibraltar

Seen in Gibraltar last week is the 60.30-metre Alia motor yacht Samurai.

Samurai’s recognisable exterior comes from the drawing boards of Frank Laupman, with Redman Whitely Dixon tasked with creating her elegant and contemporary interior. Onboard, she accommodates up to 12 guests over six generous staterooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 3 double cabins and 1 convertable cabin.

Special thanks to SuperYachts_Gibraltar for all the photos.

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VIRTUAL BOAT SHOW: 60m Heesen Ceres

BOAT INTERNATIONAL is hosting a virtual boat show uniting brokers, builders and designers in one place. They wrote the following about the 60 metre Project Ceres, done in collaboration with the Dutch shipyard Heesen;

Project Ceres

Spanning five decks, Project Ceres combines Heesen’s sporty DNA with the functionality of a voluminous steel yacht, tied together in one powerful package. With 1,060GT to play with, the 60m Steel class offers owners ample room for customisation. From an optional foredeck helipad to a bridge deck VIP suite and beach club spa, an adaptable design means the yacht can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual owner.

Highlights include 149 square metres of exterior space on the sundeck and distinctive gull-wing doors along the bow that open to reveal a large tender garage, leaving space aft for a beach club and a 26 square metre fixed swimming platform.

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Length 60.4 m / 2023
Top speed 15.5 kn
Cruising speed 13 kn
Range 4500 NM
Beam 10.9 m
Guests 12
Guest cabins 6
Crew 15

Heesen launches 55m superyacht Project Castor

Written by Georgia Tindale for SuperYacht Times

Dutch shipyard Heesen has announced the launch of the latest superyacht in its 55-metre FDHF steel class, Project Castor. Touching water for the first time at the shipyard's facility in Oss on 14th May, Project Castor is now on schedule for her expected delivery this August.

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With a voluminous gross tonnage of 760GT and featuring exterior design from the drawing boards of Dutch studio Omega Architects, Project Castor offers accommodation for up to 12 guests across six staterooms, with the master suite located forward on the main deck. Four spacious guest cabins (two double and two twins) can be found the lower deck, while the VIP is on the bridge deck. Notably, Project Castor is the first in her class to offer this particular layout configuration.

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Power to the vessel is provided by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel main engines, which will enable Project Castor to reach a top speed of 15.5 knots, with a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots. In addition, her performance is enhanced by her FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull, devised by naval architects Van Oossanen, which offers enhanced seakeeping qualities, as well as reduced fuel consumption.

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Rupert Connor from Luxury Yacht Group who represents the owner of Project Castor, commented on the launch: “We have been beyond impressed with how the Heesen team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have adjusted their working hours to increase social distancing yet retain optimal man-hours on our project and preserve an on-time, high-quality delivery which is no small feat in these challenging times.”

Originally built on speculation by Heesen and sold to an experienced American client last May, Project Castor will be delivered to her owners in August 2020 following the completion of her sea trials in the North Sea.

SPOTTED: HEESEN'S 50 METRE PROJECT ELECTRA IN THE NETHERLANDS

Project Electra in the Netherlands

Boat International published the following article about the latest Heesen - Omega Architects collaboration.

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Image courtesy of Tom Van Oossanen for Boat International.

The brand new 50 metre Heesen superyacht Project Electra has been spotted entering the entrance of Rotterdam Harbour. It comes after Heesen announced the sale of the 49.8 metre superyacht, which is the second hull in Heesen’s 50 metre 5000 class. Project Electra was launched in March this year.

Heesen Yachts presents 50m Project Altea

Written by
Georgia Tindale , for SuperYacht Times

Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts has unveiled its latest 49.8-metre all-aluminium superyacht: Project Altea. Due for delivery in May 2021, the fast-displacement motor yacht is a sistership to the 49.8-metre Home, which was delivered in 2017 and is currently listed as a yacht for sale at €35,600,000 (excl. VAT).

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On board, the 499 GT Project Altea can house 12 guests across six staterooms as well as a crew of nine across five cabins. With exterior design by the Dutch studio, and long-term collaborator with Heesen, Omega Architects, naval architecture for the project is by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Details of her interior design by Italian studio Cristiano Gatto Design are expected to be unveiled soon.

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In terms of power, in contrast to her sistership Home's hybrid propulsion system, Project Altea is powered by twin MTU 12V 2000 engines of 1,500HP each, giving her maximum speed of 19.5 knots, with a range of 3,750 nautical miles at 12 knots.

45m Hakvoort motor yacht Adur takes shape

Written by Charl van Rooy for SuperYachttimes

The 45-metre Hakvoort motor yacht Adur currently under construction in the Netherlands is taking shape ahead of her launch next year when the project’s hull section came into view for the first time today in Franeker, Friesland. The hull will be transported the Hakvoort’s facility in Monnickendam and the superstructure joined, where the all-aluminium project will be completed.

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Sold by Ocean Independence in late 2018, construction on the 45-metre yacht Adur got underway in December that year. She sports a clean and sporty exterior by Omega Architects and benefits from naval architecture by Van Oossanen. The custom project was commissioned by an experienced and involved owner and accommodate a total of 8 guests in four cabins.

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Exterior design
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The interior, also by Omega Architects 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. The lower deck will house a gym while in the bow a submarine to explore the ocean depths will be stored.

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Thanks to her Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), combined with Van Oossanen's Hull Vane patented underwater spoiler, 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, she will have a transatlantic range of 3800 nm.

Creativity has no boundaries

Van der Vliet wrote the following about one of projects under construction.

Creativity has no boundaries

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Omega Architects designs the most explicit yachts

Founder of Omega Architects, Frank Laupman is known for his streamlined sporty design profiles in multiple extraordinary yachts. His agency – member of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects- was established in 1995. Omega Architects is a multidisciplinary agency which employs architects specialized in interior and exterior design for architecture and yachts. “Creativity in design should not have boundaries.” That is Frank’s motto in architecture, which he and his Omega team pursue in their so called artistic designs. To this day Frank and his team have penned over hundred yacht designs and more to come!

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STORM 55

The STORM 55, a highly distinctive yacht designed to sail on both coastal and inland waters. The draft and beam were chosen in such a way that the yacht can sail downstream the European rivers in comfort. The yacht is built from aluminum at Workumer Jachthaven, and Van Oossanen Naval Architects are the naval architects of this project. The hull is Van Oossanen’s patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), and it's shape guarantees a first-class sailing performance that few, if any yacht, can offer in this size.
She is equipped with conventional shaft lines and two Perkins engines, which allows the yacht to sail fuel efficient and comfortable at a speed of 16 knots, the semi-displacement regime. Capable to make a speed of 22-knots with the more powerful engine package.

In order to increase the comfort on board a Seakeeper gyro is installed to limit the heeling angles. The hull lines and appendages are aligned using the Van Oossanen Computational Fluid Dynamics code.

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Designed to be easily recognized, the elegant and stylish long prow give the 55 a dynamic appearance wherever she is berthed. The 16,5-meter motor yacht weighs in at around 30,5-tonnes at full capacity.

With her fine maneuverability and a low clearance, the 55 will ensure that nothing stands in your way to reach your destination in complete freedom.

Interior

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The owner's state focuses on maximum utilization of space with minimal clutter. The emphasis is on the maximum relaxation with a quiet surrounding. The light oak flooring combined with birch veneer and warm natural simple color palette accentuated with one or two bright choices gives a nice contrast and lively feeling within the stateroom. The soft padded back of bed creates a cocoon like feeling as it wraps around the bed, creating a comfortable setup. The polished stainless-steel trims and the custom push lock design enriches the warm, simple interiors. The owner's bathroom is finished in a clean contemporary style as well, with the use of polished stainless steel, glass and high gloss birch veneer that ties the space to the rest of the yacht's interior.

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The main saloon consists of a fully equipped galley and the back to back setup of the lounge seating with the dinette allowing the guests to enjoy the outdoor views at any given scenario without compromising comfort. The saloon states the firm idea of the owner's tastes, and delivers a warm contemporary, luxurious but practical style using birch and American Walnut as a feature wood, and a combination of satin and high gloss finishes to create subtle variations and textures. Among the signature design elements is the use of wooden ceiling panels with lacquered trims, implemented as a modern adaptation of Japanese/tatami inspired surface treatment.

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ON BOARD - 50m Hessen Electra

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ON BOARD - Boat International - Issue April 2020
Edited by Caroline White

Boat International published the following article about the head-turning 50m Project Electra, an Omega design in collaboration with Heesen.

M/Y SAMURAI

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Feel the freedom in this sealevel beachclub which opens in two directions. Feed you imagination on a lazy afternoon aboard “Samurai”

Built by Alia yachts in 2016, the 60 metre flagship superyacht made her debut in public three years after launch at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019.
Shown in the picture, is the luxurious and spacious beach club and gym with fold-down transom door and side platform on of the lower deck, alongside a tender garage with room for two custom tenders of up to 7 metres.

Samurai’s visual impact is matched by her performance. The low-rise exterior profile features bold vertical windows, an elegantly arched superstructure and long aft overhangs togive it a sporty, powerful appeal. Powered by twin MTU 16V4000 M73L engines (2,880kW each), her patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) by Van Oossanen provides a top speed of 21 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,250nm at economical speed.

VIDA in the Caribbean

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The 55 metre motor yacht VIDA, was spotted in the Caribbean earlier last week. Built in steel by Heesen,Vida is the third in the successful 55m Steel class series and was delivered to an experienced American yachtsman last year.

Featuring muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design is characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.

At 740GT, Vida offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and frugal fuel consumption that gives a remarkable range of 4,500nm at 13 knots, thanks to the progressive hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects.

CRN M/Y YALLA IN GIBRALTAR

Spotted in Gibraltar last week and built under the shipyard number CRN 132 is the luxurious 73-metre displacement vessel, M/Y "YALLA".

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Her main characteristics include sleek, slender and sporty exterior lines designed by our studio in close collaboration with the CRN Engineering Department.

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She was the first vessel to be built by CRN on their naval platform of 12.50 metres in width.

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All photos by Superyachts_Gibraltar

Frank Laupman and Omega

LODKA MAGAZINE published the following article about Frank Laupman and Omega Architects.

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IN HIS GENES

Article by Jill Bobrow featured in
Yachts International, about Frank Laupman.

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The World Superyacht Awards 2020 nominees

We are pleased to announce our two nominations for this year.

In the SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHTS BELOW 500GT - 35M AND ABOVE
is the M/Y MASA

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• Length: 50m
• Builder: Heesen Yachts
• Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
• Exterior Designer: Omega Architects
• Interior Designer: Cristiano Gatto Design

Followed by the DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHTS BETWEEN 500GT AND 999GT
with the M/Y VIDA

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• Length: 55m
• Builder: Heesen Yachts
• Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts/Van Oossanen Naval Architects
• Exterior Designer: Omega Architects
• Interior Designer: Be Design

Special thanks to Boat International

Sale of our second hybrid yacht

Article by HEESEN YACHTS

Heesen is delighted to announce the sale of YN 19150 Project Electra, the second hybrid yacht in the 5000 aluminium class.
At 50 metre below 500GT and with a shallow draft, Project Electra is the ideal yacht for cruising anywhere in style, comfort and virtual silence!
Heesen’s hybrid propulsion system, which combines diesel and electric propulsion, offers not only greater flexibility in power management and improved performance but also the rare pleasure of cruising in near perfect silence with zero vibrations. Furthermore, Electra delivers unparalleled fuel efficiency thanks to her ultra-slippery FDHF hull. Devised by Dutch hydrodynamicists van Oossanen Naval Architects the advanced hull has been seamlessly crafted by Heesen’s in-house welding team.
Ingenious naval architecture combined with clever engineering and meticulous attention to weight reduction make Project Electra one of the most efficient yachts in her class. In fact, her foresister Home received several international accolades recognising the innovative eco-friendliness of Heesen’s hybrid solution, including the Rina Green award presented by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco.
Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system is quieter and more fuel-efficient. In addition, it offers the benefit of significant cost-reductions and flexible power management, due to its 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.
Dutch designer Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created a highly contemporary exterior. Electra’s radical profile with a nearly vertical bow perfectly blends aesthetics with 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 distinctive 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 on the main deck forward. The interior design by Cristiano Gatto integrates organic shapes that emphasise the indoor-outdoor connection by way of deep and low furniture. Guests are invited to fully enjoy the many panoramic vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Electra’s new Owners appointed prestigious Monegasque boutique Sabrina Monte-Carlo to assist with the decoration and detailing of their yacht. A contemporary style and light colour palette has been specified for the selection of luxurious, designer loose furniture and top tier fabrics, alongside the finest linen and ‘art de la table’.
YN 19150 Project Electra is due for delivery at the end of April following intensive sea trials in the North Sea.

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The most extraordinary superyachts

Article by UPSCALE LIVING MAGAZINE featured in the March s 2020 issue,
about our first Hybric Project with Heesen Yachts

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Heesen's 50m superyacht Home in Paradise Island

SuperYacht Times published the following article about the Heesen 50-metre HOME

Wrote by Charl van Rooy

Built under the project name of Nova and launched in 2017, Heesen Yachts' 50-metre superyacht Home is the design work of regular Heesen collaborator Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with naval architecture undertaken by Van Oossanen. Her interior design is the product of Italian stylist Cristiano Gatto, who has created a sleek and contemporary home away from home, engaging with a strict colour scheme of white, grey, silver and burgundy for a sophisticated finish. Comfortably accommodating up to 12 guests across six spacious cabins, Home offers guests plenty of relaxation areas onboard, including two salons, a gym and hammam, as well as al fresco dining areas and a circular spa pool. Seen here moored in Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Her sistership, Electra, is currently being completed in the Netherlands where she is for sale.

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THE MULDER MOTOR YACHT FIREFLY IN CANNES

Charl van Rooy wrote the following for Superyachttimes yesterday ;

Seen here in her homeport in Cannes on the French Riviera is the Mulder 94 motor yacht Firefly. Launched in 2015 as part of Mulder Shipyard's Voyager line of long-distance motor yachts, Firefly was designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects who drew an exterior shape that resembles a modern classic trawler-style yacht. Her high freeboard and extended foredeck suggest she is capable of crossing heavy seas in comfort. The modern beach house-styled interior is the work of Vickers Studio who decorated the guest areas in an ocean theme as requested by Firefly’s original owner. Underway, she can cover 3,600 nm while travelling at 8 knots and is capable of reaching a top speed of 18 knots under full power.

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Photo: Charl Van Rooy / Superyacht Times

Meet Electra, Heesen second hybrid yacht

© Dick Holthuis

Heesen has launched their second hybrid yacht in the 5000 aluminum FDHF class: Electra. A yacht with a distinctive exterior and a progressive and über-efficient shallow-draft hull. The proven and versatile hybrid propulsion package combines a conventional diesel propulsion with and efficient diesel-electric propulsion.

Electra’s high-tech heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package that comes in just below the 500GT threshold. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned her distinctive profile. A near-vertical bow, long waterline and extensive use of glass characterize her exterior lines. The layout offers plenty of outdoor living areas. From the spacious sundeck with Jacuzzi, to the relaxation area in front of the wheelhouse, outdoor dining on the bridge deck aft, the lounging area on the main deck aft, and a fixed swim platform, every centimeter is conceived to help guests enjoy life at sea.

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More Quiet and fuel-efficient

Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system chosen by Heesen is quieter and more fuel-efficient. It offers cost-saving benefits and flexible power management as the yacht operates 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 maneuverability in close quarters.
• Economic Mode: Speeds of 9-12 knots with main engines on and generators off. Ideal for longer passages, this mode comes with several interesting perks – frugal fuel consumption (at 12 knots the yacht burns only 98 liters per hour) and extended generator life.
• Cruising Mode: Speeds of 12-15 knots. This is the traditional mode, where the diesel engines drive the yacht’s propellers and the generators supply the hotel electrical demand.
• Boost Mode: For top speed of 16.3 knots. Generator-powered shaft motors are brought into service alongside the main engines giving an extra kick of power to the gearbox.

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After completing the commissioning of her systems, Project Electra will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea and is due for delivery in April 2020.