January 2, 2010

Projects: Heesen 49.80m YN 15250, Heesen 55.00m YN 14955

Following a successful 2009 year which saw the delivery of four Super Yachts, Heesen moves into 2010 presenting two important new projects. One will be the presentation of a new semi custom series design, and the second will be at 55 metres Heesen largest build to date. Above is shown the first yacht in the new 5000 class hull number 15250, a semi displacement fifty metre Super Yacht of below 500GT which the past October was moved from Building Hall 6, where the hull was welded, into Building Hall 1, where she will be completed. The interior of the 49.80 metre was conceived by renowned RĂ©mi Tessier. The French designer presented a minimalist style, while remaining totally luxurious interior. This yacht is due to be launched in 2011. The second yacht in this class Hull Number 15850, is already in production and the superstructure will be joined to its hull at the beginning of this month.
The fully customised 55 metre semi-displacement motor yacht, Hull Number 14955 has been moved into Building Hall 7 for completion. This represents the biggest yacht to be built at Heesen to date. Powered by a pair of MTU 20V4000 M93 diesel engines, each developing 5,600hp and driving a five blade propeller, she will reach the remarkable speed of 24 knots. This performance is, in part, due to Heesen's in-house Naval Architecture Department who conceived innovative hull lines with a large flare rising up to the chine that deflects spray and improves the sea keeping ability of the vessel. Drawn by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, the exterior styling of this yacht is characterized by two main features, the huge windows with arched tops and bottoms, positioned amidships, that draw in extraordinary amounts of light while providing the guests with wide vistas, and the unique rounded and cantilevered side deck balconies that extend from the owner's suite. The futuristic interior design sprung from the creative genius of Ken Freivokh which, among other stunning details, sports a triple height atrium with glass lift, steps and walls, and a waterfall that tumbles from the sundeck pool into a second custom built pool located on the bridge deck aft. Another interesting feature on this fully custom 55 metre that is due for launch in 2011 is the 'wet dock' in the stern tender garage that allows the tender and the water toys to be floated in, before the dock is drained.

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