Heesen Yachts launches 42.4 metre superyacht Alive

22 September 2014 • Written by Risa Merl

Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts has launched its 42.4 metre superyacht Alive.

Launched during a private christening ceremony, Alive is the first motor yacht equipped with underwater foil technology called Hull Vane. With a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, this fast displacement yacht features naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and interior and exterior styling by Omega Architects.

This fast displacement hull yacht is a new step in yacht performance and features MTU 12V 2000 M72 diesel engines and Hull Vane technology foils that use and convert wave movements into thrust to help power her forward. She was built using independent research conducted by Van Oossanen Naval Architects at two of the world’s most respected hydrodynamic laboratories, Wolfson Unit and Marin.

According to Heesen, Alive is 35 percent more efficient than any other yacht of her size and requires 35 percent less power to reach a top speed of 16 knots top speed in flat sea conditions. The superyacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots and is equipped with fuel-efficient tanks which consume less than 30 per cent fuel than conventional displacement yachts.

Sporting bold exterior lines by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, she has a lower hull profile and 9 metre beam despite having a relatively short overall length. She also boasts a 45 square metre sun deck and a 30 square metre aft owner's terrace with breakfast table and lounge seats.

Alive accommodates up to twelve guests. A large suite is located on the main deck forward, while a second circular-shaped suite is on the wheelhouse deck and features a centred king size bed, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and gymnasium. The cabin is also equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass windows for panoramic views.