Heesen’s 45m Amore Mio delivered following sea trials

17 February 2016 • Written by Simon Hardie

Heesen has delivered the 45 metre sports yacht Amore Mio to her owners following "intensive" sea trials in the North Sea.

The Dutch builder has revealed that the sea trials were a great success, with the yacht reaching her expected top speed of 30 knots. "The sea trials also proved the all-aluminium superyacht to be very quiet and highly maneuverable,” Heesen added.

Amore Mio on sea trial in the North Sea. Sea trial photos courtesy of Dick Holthuis

Amore Mio’s Captain, Tripp Hock, was excited to test out the yacht. “As she sea trialed at ‘light load’, I was eager to see in particular how the gyro stabilisers would function on such a buoyant ship in the North Sea. To my relief, all the coffee cups stayed on the tables,” he commented.

Amore Mio, built as Project Necto, is a flybridge, all-aluminium, semi-displacement hull superyacht. She was sold to an experienced owner who shares Heesen's core values and desired a fast, sporty boat.

Dutch builder Heesen Yachts launched the 45 metre sportster superyacht in November last year at a private ceremony at their facility in Oss, the Netherlands.

Amore Mio's Captain was eager to test out the yacht on her sea trials

According to Heesen, Amore Mio is the largest and most powerful sports yacht ever built in the Netherlands. She's powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines and has a range of 2,750 nautical miles at 12 knots.

The design was first presented at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2012. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects is responsible for Amore Mio's exterior lines and has introduced a new 'knuckle' bow shape for this Heesen.

The line of the narrow, raked bow is interrupted, giving an especially aggressive and sharp profile.

Amore Mio features exterior lines from Omega Architects, who has introduced a 'knuckle' bow shape

Interior decor is by Italy's Cristiano Gatto, who is now in the midst of his third project with Heesen, Project Akoya. The owner's brief for the interior of Amore Mio was contemporary yet cosy.

Gatto achieved this using warm Canaletto walnut as the main veneer, complemented by light Loro Piana fabrics and pale blue soft furnishings. Amore Mio can accommodate 10 guests in a full beam main deck master and two twin and two double staterooms on the lower deck.

Outside, she boats a notable 18 metre sun deck with a cinema, dining for all 10 guests, a square pool and an infinity terrace.

Amore Mio is the first launch from Heesen in 2016. The launch of two more yachts will follow later this year: the 70 metre flagship Project Kometa, and the 50 metre semi-displacement yacht  Project Akoya, which was sold in March 2015.

Heesen has ten yachts currently under construction, including the ultra-silent 50m Project Nova, and the 55 metre fast displacement yacht Project Alida, which features design from Bannenberg & Rowell.

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