Greatest Hits: Heesen's history

28 May 2021

Talk a walk down memory lane as we look back on the milestones of Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts.

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The story of Heesen Yachts began in 1978, when founder Frans Heesen acquired the shipyard of Striker Boats in the Netherlands. Heesen’s first yacht, the 20 metre Amigo, was launched a year later in 1979. Four decades on with more than 170 yachts launched, Heesen is known as one of the most premium superyacht builders in the world. 

In 1988, Heesen was commissioned by American entrepreneur John Staluppi to build a yacht capable of reaching more than 50 knots. The result was the custom-built superyacht Octopussy, named after the 1983 James Bond film, which reached a top speed of 53.17 knots.

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In 1996, Heesen entered the large sportfishing yacht market with the delivery of 37-metre Obsessions, which was the world’s largest sportfish yacht at the time.

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Heesen expanded in 2003, building a new construction facility and launching the 37-metre and 44-metre aluminum class.

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Ten years later, Heesen launched the 65-metre custom-built Fast Displacement World Superyacht Award-winning yacht Galactica Star.

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In 2016, the 70-metre aluminium Fast Displacement superyacht Galactica Super Nova was launched.

In 2017, Heesen delivered the world’s first hybrid-powered Fast Displacement yacht, the 50 metre Home.

In 2019, Heesen announced it had began construction on its largest project to date – the 80 metre Project Cosmos, which is due for delivery in 2022.