Heesen recently christened motoryacht Vida, the third launch in the builder’s 55-meter FDHD Steel Class series. Vida features masculine exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. With an absence of fashion plates, the profile is clean and straightforward. Sole-to-ceiling windows allow for the interior to benefit from natural light.
The owner, an experienced American yachtsman, worked closely with the shipyard’s technical team to customize his yacht. In fact, Vida has some special features to carry out her role as mothership to the owner’s sport fishing fleet, such as the ability to refuel and recharge two sport fishing boats, allowing for several days at sea without needing to return to base.
The owner chose Be Design Associates in Florida for interior décor since he had worked with the firm previously on several residential projects. The Be Design team worked on an interior architectural structure penned by Francesco Paszkowski and Margerita Casprini, and brought in a home-away-from-home feeling. The use of natural materials and finishes along with a soft and warm color palette contribute to creating a comfortable but sophisticated ambiance.
This is the first new-build yacht for Be Design, and they approached the project with fresh eyes, while working closely with the shipyard’s interior engineers. Central to the work of Be Design and the Heesen team was the selection of materials and finishes that offer both environmental performance and long-term durability in the marine environment.
Twelve guests are accommodated in five suites located on the lower deck and an 861-square-foot (80-square-meter) owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck. Further, a stunning backlit onyx arch in the main saloon will guarantee a wow effect when boarding Vida.
At 180 feet (55 meters) and 740 gross tons, Vida offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and frugal fuel consumption that gives a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots, thanks to the progressive hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects. Vida will undergo sea trials in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners this Spring. She will make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September after spending the summer cruising in the Mediterranean.
Heesen revealed its newest fast-cruising, all-aluminum 164-foot (50-meter) motoryacht with project name Aquamarine. The project has a new hull design by Heesen’s in-house naval architects, in collaboration with hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Exterior styling is by Omega Naval Architects and interior by Cristiano Gatto.
The optimization of the hull design, achieved by raising the transom and incorporating propeller tunnels in the hull, has enabled an efficiency gain of 12 percent.
This means that the 5000 Aluminum Class features raised propellers, which in turn has decreased the draft to just 2.15 meters. Such a shallow draft makes Aquamarine appealing for cruising in the Bahamas and other shallow waters. A pair of interceptors will guarantee optimal dynamic trim at high speeds.
Thanks to the optimized hull design, it has been possible to install MTU’s new 16V4000M65L green oceanic engines, which have been specially developed to operate with an SCR unit (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce NOx emissions. As a result, Aquamarine is the first fast-cruising yacht below 500 gross tons to be IMO Tier III compliant.
In line with Heesen’s wider philosophy, the new 5000 Aluminum Class reduces the carbon footprint without compromising on speed or performance, and the installation of soot filters on the generators makes the package complete.
A clean and modern profile by Omega Architects works well with this progressive technological package. The raised aft deck allows for a full height multi-purpose tender garage that doubles as a luxury beach club connecting to the flush swim platform, bringing guests close to the water. To maintain a clean profile line, the rescue tender is conveniently stored under a hatch in front of the wheelhouse.
Project Aquamarine is currently under construction at the Heesen facility in Oss in the Netherlands and is available for delivery in January 2021.
LOA: 164ft. (9.98m)
Beam: 29ft. 6in. (9.00m)
Draft: 7ft. (2.15m)
Guests: 12 in 5 cabins
Max speed: 23 knots
Range at 11 knots: 3,100 nautical miles
Exterior design: Omega Architects
Interior design: Cristiano Gatto
For more information: heesenyachts.com