Friday, May 25, 2012

Double Take For Heesen Yachts

The Dutch shipyard Heesen this week has just signed a contract to build a new 42m (132ft) fast displacement and have also sold their 47m (154ft) displacement project California to delighted owners that will take the delivery next month, June 2012. This is a great week for the yard in terms of new builds and sales, and adds to an order book that consists of 12 Megayachts that will all be delivered to their owners by the end of 2015, Wow now that's an order book.

The 42m Fast Displacement

The 42m fast displacement (seen in the below image) will be the first Heesen hull with to be equipped with Hull Vane. Created by Piet Van Oossanen from Oossanen Naval Architects, Hull Vane is a foil fitted below the hull that can reduce resistance through the water by 24% at maximum speed, achieving an average reduction in drag of nearly 18% over the entire speed range.

Hull Vane also reduces the motion and acceleration of the yacht in heavy seas due to the damping effect of the foil below the hull. This results in a much more comfortable motion for guests in heavy seas.

Her exterior lines have been designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Twelve guests will sleep in 6 cabins: the owners have two suites one which is positioned aft on the upper deck and includes a gym, the second is located in the traditional place forward on the main deck and includes a starboard balcony, a studio and a large walk-in closet. The guest accommodation is located on the lower deck and feature 2 double and 2 twin cabins all of which have private ensuite bathrooms.

This innovative Megayacht project is due for completion in 2014 and its going to be presented to the yachting community at the Monaco Yacht Club on September 19th.

The 47m Project California

Project California is the 9th Megayacht in Heesen's award winning 47m displacement class. Again Frank Laupman of Omega Architects is responsible for the smooth exterior lines of this award winning yacht. Bannenberg & Rowell Design have taken the interior decor back to styles that were seen in California in the 1940s and 1950s, with the main deck taking on the styling of the classic Hollywood era with the use of bleached wenge floorboards, white elm and stainless steel paneling, leather and marble. The combination of the different woods used was inspired by custom made surfboards built from recycled timber.

She will have a maximum speed of 15kts, with a range of 4,000nm at a speed of 12kts. She is scheduled for delivery to her new owners in June 2012.

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