Heesen signs contract for new 50m explorer superyacht

2 November 2011 • Written by Malcolm MacLean

Dutch superyacht yard Heesen Yachts has announced the sale of another new-build 50m motor yacht. Yard Number 16750 is an all-aluminium explorer yacht and with her striking lines and vertical stem, she will be fully custom-built for delivery in 2015.

The revolutionary and proven Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDFH) developed by Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen and Associates allows significant improvements in fuel efficiency. Thanks to the FDHF’s low resistance characteristics, YN 16750 will be able to reach a top speed of 18.5 knots with only two 1,000kW MTU engines installed, while only 45,000 litres of fuel will be required to comfortably transit the Atlantic, leaving plenty of reserve.

Perry van Oossanen, naval architect at VOA, comments: ‘Modest propeller tunnels have been defined allowing for 1.5m diameter propellers. The hull will be fitted with Quantum XT zero-speed fins, and bilge keels, allowing for a maximum reduction in roll angle when at anchor.’

The owner commissioned Frank Laupman from Omega Architects and AB Studios to design the exterior and general arrangement. Her clean and elegant lines are emphasised by contrasting bands of wraparound glass. To describe the exterior design of YN 16750, AB Studios & Frank Laupman chose the self-contradictory ‘complex simplicity.’

The cosy and inviting interior décor will be based on the colour contrast between swamp oak panelling and dark joinery details. Ten guests will be accommodated in five cabins with 61 square metres dedicated to the master suite, traditionally located forward on the main deck, which boasts two separate dressing rooms, each with a private en suite bathroom. The four guest cabins (two VIP and two twins) will all have en suite bathrooms and be positioned on the lower deck.

Beyond their cabins, guests will be able to enjoy 237 square metres of outdoor living space. The main and rescue tenders will be stowed on the fore deck while under way, while the toys will be stored in the forward garage. This configuration allows the aft part of the yacht to be used as a large (21,5 square metre) beach club equipped with a sauna and hamman.

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