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Heesen Begins Construction on 67 Metre Project Sparta

2020-10-23By Miranda Blazeby

Dutch yard Heesen has begun construction on the 67 metre steel superyacht Project Sparta.

A Greek coin featuring Poseidon was welded to the keel during the keel laying ceremony on October 19. Due for delivery in 2023, Project Sparta was sold last year. 

Sparta is based on the yard’s 66 metre Project Avanti, which was first presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 and “captured the attention” of the owner, the yard said. When delivered, Project Sparta will be the largest steel-hulled displacement yacht built by Heesen. 

Project Sparta is based on the yard's 66 metre Project Avanti

Designed inside and out by Winch Design, the 67 metre Steel FDHF Project Sparta features an “elegant sheer line”, “strong bow” and “inviting transom characterised by a steeped aft deck area,” the yard said. The Fast Displacement Hull Form comes courtesy of Van Oossanen Naval Architects while the project is being overseen by Arcon Yachts. 

Speaking about the project, director of yachts at Winch Design, Jim Dixon, said: "Once again we are delighted to have a very collaborative and decisive client with a clear lifestyle brief. 

"The arrangement of the vessel seamlessly connects the activity of water-side living at the aft ‘terrace’ with the calm and beautifully-coloured interior."

Elsewhere, the raised pilothouse lends the yacht a “new-look sporty profile” while interior and exterior areas “connect harmoniously”.

Key features on board Sparta include a 6.5 metre infinity pool aft and sundeck equipped with a Jacuzzi, bar and sunpads.

The 1,200GT interior features a full beam main deck saloon and indoor dining area that connects to the aft deck terrace.

Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests, comprising four guest suites forward of the main deck. A sliding partition allows two of the forward cabins to transform into one full beam VIP.

The bridge deck meanwhile has been dedicated to the owner. Two suites sit forward and aft. Both have access to a private outdoor lounge and dining area.

Elsewhere, a spiral staircase and glass elevator service all three decks. The galley and crew accommodation sit on the lower deck and is large enough to accommodate a crew of 14 and two additional staff members. Also on the lower deck is a walk-in wellness area with a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Tenders and toys are stored in the forward garage.

Powered by two MTU 12V4000 M65R diesel engines, Project Sparta will have a top speed of 16 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.