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55m Heesen superyacht Reliance leaves shed ahead of sea trials

5 October 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

The 55 metre Heesen motor yacht Reliance has left the outfitting shed at the shipyard in Oss and is en route to the North Sea for sea trials. 

Formerly known as Project Gemini, the yacht features sporty exteriors from long-time Heesen collaborator Omega Architects and interiors from Luca Dini. Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, she forms part of Heesen’s popular 55 Steel series, of which there are a total of five delivered yachts. Her sisterships include 55 metre Vida and 55 metre Laurentia.

The yacht began the build process on speculation but was purchased 15 months into construction by a client introduced by Arcon Yachts Monaco.

Reliance is defined by a shark-grey exterior with muscular lines and a predatory profile that’s achieved with a “shark tooth” segment on the superstructure forward.

While the yacht’s exteriors come from an established collaboration, Reliance is the first Heesen yacht with interiors by Luca Dini. The Italian designer and his team worked closely with the owners and Arcon's project manager to adapt the interior to create a refined ambience with warm tones and an elegant theme.

Introducing the owner at an early stage in the build allowed the yard to make a number of key changes and modifications to suit the tastes of the owner. Notably, the yacht features an opening window in the owner’s suite and a fresh layout in the en suite. Reliance also features windows in the transom door which allows natural light to pour into the beach club.

Elsewhere, the yacht accommodates 12 guests in six spacious cabins, with the 82-square-metre owners' apartment on the main deck forward and the VIP on the bridge deck. The remaining guest cabins – two doubles and two twins – are on the lower deck.

Power will come from twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO-Tier III diesel engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,500 miles at 13 knots.

The news follows the recent announcement of the sale of her sistership Project Serena, which was also closed by Arcon Yachts. She is one of three 55 Steel models currently in build at the Dutch shipyard.

Reliance will be delivered before the end of the year and will go on to join the charter fleet with West Nautical. 

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