On 23 January we reported the arrival of the latest Heesen yacht on the Côte d'Azur. Called Serenity, this new Heesen 55 metre remained something of a mystery until today, when the Dutch yard shared more details, specifications and pictures.
To reiterate, Serenity is the largest Heesen displacement yacht to date. She was designed by Omega Architects with efficient naval architecture created by Heesen's in-house team in collaboration with Van Oossanen and Associates. Perry van Oossanen, from Van Oossanen and Associates said: 'The hull form of YN 15555, MY Serenity, is the final development of the Heesen displacement hull form, which has already proven itself over the last 10 years. It is a good, comfortable and seaworthy hull, with a well-designed “traditional” flared bow, allowing for a minimum of green water on deck.'
Serenity's efficiency was successfully tested during her sea trials in December 2011, which took place in the rough waters of the North Sea. Hans Doodkorte, the owner’s technical manager, commented: 'We had a typical winter sea trial on the North Sea with force 6-7 winds and 3 metre swells. It was commented by all on board how well the boat handled in a big sea. She easily exceeded her design speed so overall I am very happy that we will deliver a yacht that will be well suited for the world travelling she was designed for.'
In the interior, designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, various woods and marbles have been used to create a 'peaceful and harmonious atmosphere' enhanced by the decorative use of glass. Installed in the ceiling above the owner's bed, one such glasswork representing the sky and clouds was designed by Omega Architects and executed by Glass Déco artisans.
Serenity's layout accommodates 12 guests in a full-beam master suite on the main deck, which has two large side balconies, a full-beam VIP cabin, two doubles and two twins on the lower deck. Among the yacht's other special features is an enclosed spa area complete with steam bath, sauna and massage room.
Heesen Yachts / Van Oossanen and Associates
Fresh water capacity
6,000 nm at 10 knots
Lloyd's X 100A1 SSC YACHT LMC X UMS / MCA LY2
2 x MTU 12V 4000 M60, each 1,320kW
2 x Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.600mm
2 x Kilo-Pak, each 175kW at 50Hz 1 x Kilo-Pak, emergency 80kW at 50Hz
HRP 125kW, hydraulically driven
VT Naiad, type 820 with two fins of 5,01m2 zero speed
full-beam master suite, one full-beam VIP cabin, two double cabins, two twin cabins