180-footer is the new flagship
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. However, this is not a first for Heesen, which built its first steel displacement yacht in 1992—the 164-foot (50-meter) Achiever built in collaboration with Oceanco—and since then has built 15 full-displacement vessels. Frank Laupman/Omega Architects styled this yacht, which sports the Heesen signature bow. Naval architects at Van Oossanen and Associates worked closely with Heesen’s technical department to develop Serenity’s hull. This is a long-range cruiser with a comfortable range of 6,000 miles at 10 knots. Her twin MTU 12V 4000 M60 engines yield a top speed of about 15 knots at half load. During sea trials in tough conditions, she exceeded her design speed.
Guest accommodations include a full-beam VIP cabin, plus two double and two twin cabins on the lower deck. The owner’s suite, located on the main deck forward, has balconies on both sides and floor-to-ceiling windows. Comfortable outdoor areas include alfresco dining and lounging, large sunbathing pads and a mosaic custom Jacuzzi pool outside, but guests can also relax in a spa area complete with steam bath, sauna and massage room. An interior with a touch of Art Deco by Frank Laupman boasts high-gloss and polished maple and burled maple veneers, plus 11 kinds of marble.
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