47m superyacht Project Hé sold by Heesen
by Risa Merl
Dutch yacht builder Heesen Yachts has sold yet another yacht in its successful 47 metre displacement superyacht series with the order of hull YN 16947, Project Hé.
Superyacht Project Hé will be the 11th hull in Heesen's 47 metre displacement series, following the recently launched and sold Heesen Project Margarita. The classically leaning exterior design comes from Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, who has updated the exterior styling of the 47m displacement series over its lifetime. With naval architecture by Heesen's in-house team, the 47m displacement benefits from a sturdy bulbous bow hull design, and powered by twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 engines, she can run at up to 15 knots at 50 per cent load and achieve a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. Added comfort at anchor is provided by zero speed stabilisers.
London's Bannenberg & Rowell Design is responsible for the sophisticated, yet simple interior, which utilises natural finishes. Themes of simplicity and purity, and specifically designer Dieter Rams' motto to 'omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage', is what inspired Bannenberg & Rowell in the interior design of Projecj Hé. Fittingly, Hé in Chinese means 'the simplest form of peace and harmony.' Lighting will play a major role in the interior design of Project Hé, which plays with the use of light to create atmosphere using both indirect lighting with concealed LED light strips and filtered daylight with venetian blinds. Project Hé will accommodate 12 guests.
This is one of many collaborations between Heesen and Bannenberg & Rowell, who have also worked together on the 37 metre race car-inspired superyacht Aurelia, the 47 metre superyacht Raasta (ex-Elandess), superyacht Lady Petra and superyacht My Secret, and the 65 metre award-winning superyacht Galactica Star.
This is Heesen's fourth sale in the first six months of 2014, which Mark Cavendish sees as a good sign for the industry, 'We are delighted to see that the market is finally picking up!' he says. Project Hé will be delivered in February 2015.