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. The shipyard has stayed busy during the past few years, and so has its founder. Frans Heesen was an active part of the company even after he sold it and relinquished day-to-day management. But when he attended the launch of the new Petra recently, he said “It is time for me to enjoy life with my family and friends. I am going to be the brand ambassador of this wonderful company that I founded some 35 years ago. I will always be there to support the brand and to promote it until the end of my days.” He will no doubt spend time cruising on his latest yacht, named after his wife. The task of creating the Heesens’ newest yacht’s interior was entrusted to London-based Bannenberg & Rowell, whose designers drew inspiration from 20th-century industrial Dutch design. They worked with Omega Architects, who created the general arrangements.
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