Apparently, it is possible to be pretty big (in this case about 188 feet 4 inches long by 33 feet 10 inches wide) and stay sleek. This aluminum yacht (an advanced and ready-to-build concept) was born on the computer screen of designer Francesco Paszkowski who, of late, has collaborated with the Dutch builder on a couple of interior designs.
On the occasion of our latest visit to Heesen’s facilities in Oss, we had the opportunity to get aboard the builder’s new flagship, the all-aluminum Heesen 65m. Construction started in December 2011 after a long design and planning process. The much-anticipated yacht, currently in the outfitting stages, is well on her way to an on-time delivery in 2013.
We came back from a tour of the Dutch shipyards, organized by the Dutch yachting association (part of a larger association promoting the Dutch marine industry, known as HISWA), with some positive news. Most (if not all) the Dutch shipyards have a number of big yachts currently under construction and the future looks bright.
The newly launched 154-foot (47-meter) Lady Petra is the eighth to be delivered in Heesen’s award-winning 47m class. It was built for Frans Heesen, the founder of Heesen Yachts who previously had a 144-foot Heesen called My Petra. Bannenberg & Rowell did the interior design.
Heesen Yachts’ newest Lady Petra, a very special hull in Heesen’s award-winning 154-foot (47-meter) series, was built for company founder Frans Heesen. Heesen’s bigger-than-life personality and energy helped create a boatbuilding empire. Heesen—based in Oss, the Netherlands—builds semi-custom and fully custom yachts in all aluminum or aluminum and steel.
Among a flurry of activity, which includes several launches and a big step in the construction of its 213-foot (65-meter) so-called FDHF, Heesen Yachts has delivered its largest displacement vessel to date. At 180 feet, 5 inches (55 meters), Serenity represents another milestone for the Dutch shipyard, which in the past few years has built its reputation on all-aluminum fast semi-displacement yachts.