Heesen sells 60m steel yacht Project Falcon
by Chris Jefferies
Dutch yard Heesen has released the first details of its recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon, which will be its largest steel yacht to date — and largest yacht overall by gross tonnage — when delivered in 2021.
Hull number YN19360 for the Oss-based yard, Project Falcon features exterior styling by Omega Architects, which Heesen describes as “clean and chiselled”.
For this new design, Omega Architects has struck a fine balance between contemporary exterior styling and a flexible 1,060GT interior that offer great views out to sea through full-height windows and over lowered bulwarks. Heesen explains that the amidships superstructure has been styled to resemble a bird's wing, visually integrating the upper three decks.
Accommodation is for up to 16 guests split between seven cabins, including an upper deck master suite with its own private aft deck, an upper deck VIP situated amidships, and a lower deck VIP with private access to a main-deck twin cabin. Four further lower deck cabins complete the guest layout, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 14 people.
Power will come from a pair of MTU 12V4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 17.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,200 nautical miles when trimmed back to 13 knots, thanks to Project Falcon's ultra-efficient fast displacement hull form.
Yard CEO Arthur Brouwer explains that this sale is part of a wider trend for sporty yachts over 50 metres. "As we announced at the Monaco Yacht Show, we have recently invested in enlarging our capacity at the shipyard to be ready for this," he added. "We are now focusing on cooperating with designers to design bigger yachts, while continuing to develop our skills further in both custom and semi-custom yachts.
"Our advanced preparation, combined with top-notch quality build management, has resulted in a very fruitful project with the owner’s team of Project Falcon. This full custom 60 metre is a spectacular outcome, which we can’t wait to build. We are thankful to the new owner for his vision and the trust he puts in Heesen.”
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 56 metre Project Neptune, which is due for delivery next year.