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Heesen lays keel of full-custom 57m Project Setteesettanta

20 December 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky and Gemma Harris

Heesen has announced a construction milestone for the 57-metre superyacht known as Project YN 20857. 

Codenamed Project Setteesettanta, the keel of this all-aluminium, full-custom yacht has now been laid. The ceremony took place on 14 December at the Heesen shipyard in Oss, with delivery slated for 2026.

Credit: Ruben Griffioen

The yacht's exterior is owed to Frank Laupman and the team at Omega Architects, while Cristiano Gatto Design is responsible for the interiors. Project Setteesettanta marks the 12th collaboration between Cristiano Gatto and the Dutch shipyard, with the designer additionally entrusted as the owners' representative.

"This new project possesses all the characteristics to become the crown jewel in Heesen’s fleet, and I’m sure it will create many ripples, just like Crazy Me did ten years ago," said Gatto. "Thanks to its ultra-detailed design and engineering approach, Setteesettanta will be a one-of-a-kind yacht on the water."

At the ceremony the owners had a traditional "good luck" coin welded to the second section of the yacht.
Credit: Ruben Griffioen

A key feature onboard Project Setteesettanta (which translates to "seven and seventy" in Italian) is its four-metre infinity pool found on the main deck aft. A set of steps on either side of the pool lead guests down to the swimming terrace, which features a hydraulic transformer platform for easy access to the water. Tenders and toys are stowed in the forward garage behind gull-wing doors, with additional storage for toys tucked behind the lazarette.

Cristiano Gatto compared the new project to Crazy Me , pictured above

The 920 GT yacht will have a six-cabin layout, including a generous upper deck owner’s apartment complete with 180-degree views and private access to the (nearly) 200-square-metre foredeck, which can also function as a touch-and-go helipad. A VIP cabin is found on the main deck, alongside a gym. There are a further four guest cabins – two twin and two double configurations – on the lower deck. The four decks are connected by an oval staircase that runs back-to-back with the crew staircase for improved space optimisation. There is space for up to 13 crew members. Project Setteesettanta is expected to be the first yacht in the Heesen fleet to have the helm located on the fourth, upper deck. 

Credit: Ruben Griffioen

Mark Cavendish, Heesen’s CCO, added: "We are extremely honoured that our clients have entrusted us with the build of a new yacht for the second time. A full-custom, 57-metre motor yacht cannot be anything other than perfect, and there isn’t a shipyard in the world with a better knowledge of the techniques and disciplines needed to reach these heights. This will be a memorable journey that will lead to the creation of a dream, and we can’t wait to enjoy it with the owners of YN 20857 and their team."

The yacht will have a 2.3 metre draft with top speeds of 18 knots and a transatlantic range of 3,900 nautical miles at 12 knots.

There are 14 yachts currently under construction at Heesen ranging from 50 to 80 metres in length.

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