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Largest Heesen Yet

Dutch yard lays keel of a 65m Fast Displacement motoryacht


Construction is underway in Oss, the Netherlands, on a 213' (65m) Fast Displacement motoryacht with an interior by Bannenberg and Rowell. The yard started the project in December and is expected to deliver the new yacht in June 2013. The builder is using a NASA-developed “friction-stir” welding process that generates less heat, yielding a large plate with uniform mechanical properties and much smoother construction. NASA has used this process to construct the Orion crew module at the Michoud assembly facility in New Orleans, La.

Highlights of Heesen’s largest-ever build include “the really exciting beach club, which will be located beneath the pool. An ‘infinity loop’ floorplan [that] allows for neat zoning of spaces, with living and seating aft, dining forward and a free-standing bar positioned opposite a fireplace,” says Dickie Bannenberg.

Hull YN 16465 will accommodate 12 guests and 13 crewmembers. Two MTU 20V 4000M 93L engines are expected to power the yacht to a 27-knot top speed and a 24-knot cruise. At 14 knots, the vessel should have a 4,500-nm range.

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