Dutch shipyard Heesen has announced the latest construction milestone for its 55 metre superyacht Project Serena. The yacht had her hull turned at Netherlands-based Talsma Shipyard on October 27, and will now move to Heesen's in-house facilities to continue construction.
Also known as YN 20555, the yacht was sold in October to an experienced owner, with the buyer introduced by Arcon Yachts in Monaco. She began construction on speculation earlier this year.
Project Serena is the seventh unit in the shipyard's 55 metre Steel series, and the second to be built with a restyled exterior.
She features a number of styling modifications that set her apart from her sisterships, like Vida and Moskito, which include the removal of the mullions so the windows in the saloon and skylounge, as well as crew access to the sundeck and a squared Jacuzzi. Her restyled exterior is the work of Omega Architects.
Other design adaptations for this new series model include a more aggressive profile, created by using continuous sheets of tinted glass, as well as a French balcony in the owner’s suite, which Heesen CCO Friso Visser describes as “one of the most impressive innovations on the latest version."
The new design of this 55 Steel also features extended exterior deck spaces to improve functionality, with additional stairways for increased crew access. Onboard highlights include casual al fresco dining spaces, a sprawling sundeck with a whirlpool and wraparound bar, as well as a vast private “apartment” for the owner’s suite, outfitted with walk-in wardrobes.
Accommodation comprises the owner’s cabin on the main deck, a spacious VIP cabin on the wheelhouse deck and four additional guest cabins on the lower deck.
Speaking on the success of the series, Visser said: “The 55 metre steel series is proving to be a remarkably successful yacht - it is big enough to accommodate the luxury expected of a superyacht, and yet small enough to access the more intimate Mediterranean ports. Guests can feel at home during long passages, but also in exclusive places such as Portofino or St. Tropez. We are delighted that such an experienced client appreciated the many qualities of this yacht at first sight.”
Project Serena is currently scheduled for delivery in the final quarter of 2024. She is one of three 55 Steel models currently in build at the Dutch shipyard.