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Top 10 Best Aft Decks on Luxury Yachts

August 24, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

What makes a superior aft deck? To an extent, the response to this question is personal to each individual who answers. The aft deck is perhaps the most important location on a yacht, whether it is a private or charter yacht. One of it’s core roles is the social interface between the outside ocean world and the yacht’s interior. The aft deck is certainly prime real estate in luxury yacht terms, however there are many different design responses attempting to achieve the ultimate.  Lets have a look at a selection of them.

Kometa at dawn (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

Kometa at dawn (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

Sleek and sexy performance sailing yachts naturally have a beamy layout for spacious aft decks, whilst large motor yachts are designed specifically with social areas and aft decks in mind and they often have multiple decks available. Aft decks provide space for al fresco dining, relaxing on and enjoying cocktails at sunset. They provide access to the water for swimming or boarding the tender and they present a first impression to visitors when the yacht is at anchor.

“One of it’s core roles is the social interface between the outside ocean world and the yacht’s interior. The aft deck is certainly prime real estate..”

Some of the top 10 best aft decks on luxury yachts are quite unique in appearance and styling. With comfortable couches and large tables, they offer the best place on board a luxury superyacht to chill out with friends or family.

Below is a personal selection of the top ten vessels that have glorious and amazing aft decks:

1. Quatroelle – the 88m Quatroelle is all about massive exterior aft decks where guests can feel the breeze while watching the sun rise and set. Clever touches include technical marvels, a section of the big stern platform lowers into the sea. The yacht also has exterior stairs on all of its five decks for easy access to cabins. After a day in the sun, there’s nothing better than cooling off in the bridge deck infinity pool.

Superyacht QUATTROELLE  Aft Deck Pool

Superyacht QUATTROELLE Aft Deck Pool

2. Indian Empress – this superyacht is famous for starry parties on her sprawling aft deck. There are flowing rounds of seating, a marble bar, plenty of space to dance the night away. Dance to music provided by a professional DJ positioned on the sun deck above. The Indian Empress is very popular with people from around the world and makes an excellent charter yacht. The upper aft deck table alone can seat about 30 guests. Hold a party and you’ll essentially be running a nightclub.

Indian Empress

Indian Empress

3. Alfa Nero – the Alfa Nero has one of the best aft decks you can find on a luxury yacht. This trail blazer of a superyacht has an awesome eye-catching aft deck that looks cool and trendy. The floor of the 7 x 3.5 metre pool lifts hydraulically to deck level and turns the aft deck into a dance floor or helipad. You’ll just have to remember if you’re choppering your guests home at midnight or inviting them to stay on for a late night swim. As well as the aft deck, there’s a club-like upper salon.

Alfa Nero Aft

The Alfa Nero Aft View

4. Maryah – everyone likes a good mystery. The Maryah is ultra-private but what we do know about her is quite fascinating. The hull began life as a Russian research vessel launched by the Polish Szczecinska Yard in 1990. After the rebuild this superyacht had sweeping curves, accommodation for 54 guests, a cinema and a helipad. Included in the design were three aft decks, a sun deck, a beach club and a profusion of fold-down terraces.



5. Luna – her main aft deck is vast, about one third of the yacht’s overall length. When the weather cools, the massive beach club provides a chic shelter with an on-deck feeling. Other explorer yachts look quite dull in comparison to the Luna. The huge aft deck is the perfect area for a cocktail party or any other special occasion like al fresco dining by candlelight.

Explorer Yacht LUNA'S Aft Pool

Explorer Yacht LUNA’S Aft Pool

6. Zefira – winner of the Sailing Yacht of the Year Award in 2011’s superyacht awards, the Zefira is ideal for loafing on deck during long, lazy yacht charter vacations with family and friends. She is big and sleek with long clean lines and uncluttered decks. The beautifully designed aft deck dovetails perfectly with the light and bright Remi Tessier interior design. Start your day with a delicious breakfast on the aft deck.



7. Ester III – this 66 m motor yacht’s interior spaces have been planned as carefully as the exterior. With protection from the sun, wind, rain and cold, the aft deck has a stunning bar up top including a large glass backed swimming pool. Relax on one of the sun beds during the day and then enjoy a tasty meal in the evening outdoors on the large aft deck that has been transformed into an exquisite dining area.

Ester III

Ester III

8. Invictus – the Invictus is all about volume. The beautifully designed, spacious water-level aft deck is made larger still by a vast, fold-out, bathing platform and behind it all, there’s a well-stocked bar. It’s no wonder that the aft deck is one of the most popular spots onboard. The garage beyond the aft deck can hold two 8.35 m tenders including a gorgeous Comitti.



9. Galactica Star – the sleek design and space is what’s so impressive on the superyacht, the Galactica Star. Access to the awesome aft deck is made easy thanks to two brilliantly lit stairways either side of the beach club. This is ideal for guests onboard. The water, either in the main deck pool or off the bathing platform, is never out of reach. Relax on one of the aft deck’s sun beds while watching the sun go down at anchor.

Galactica Star

Galactica Star

10. Axioma – is ideal for a superyacht holiday, perfect for outdoor living. The slightly different, yet attractive aft deck is supplemented with a bridge deck bar, spa pool and mouth-watering al fresco dining options. It’s a chilled out, private feeling aft deck, if you need any more sun this is the place to be. The swimming platform also transforms from the grand entrance into a sprawling space for sunbathing, just a few steps from the sea and the pool.



If you love yachts and yachting as much as the team at CharterWorld, get in touch for the vacation of a lifetime on your ideal yacht, at the best price.

Further Awards for Heesen? Yacht Galactica Super Nova

August 16, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

At 70 metres, Galactica Super Nova is the largest Heesen luxury yacht built to date. Its also one of the fastest yachts of this size in the world. Heesen has one many awards and accolades for their luxury yachts over the last couple of years. It is likely Galactica Super Nova will bring more. Here is a closer look at the yacht.

Galactica super nova bow

Galactica super nova bow

Following on from the multi award-winning Galactica Star, this aluminium fast displacement yacht achieves a top speed of 30 knots. With a sleek, elegant profile by Espen Øino, Galactica Super Nova is the perfect combination of speed, space and style.

Galactica super nova yacht profile

Galactica super nova yacht profile

So much space, so many options. Galactica Super Nova has an incredible 357 square metres of deck space. From its luxurious sundeck to the beach club, there are twelve alternatives for guests to choose from, including sunbathing, dining, spa, Jacuzzis, jet-pool or just lounging around in the sun or shade.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts


Advanced technology includes the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull, plus fixed-pitch propellers combined with a Rolls Royce central booster jet Foredeck can be used as touch-and-go helipad, sunbathing, informal dining or transformed into an outdoor cinema 6m swim-jet infinity pool with waterfall, glass-panelled bottom and spa jets for hydro massage 44 square metres space of folding platforms from the 146 square metres beach club Shaded sundeck that includes sunpads, barbeque, bar, dining area and lounge.

Heesen galactica super nova yacht underway

Heesen galactica super nova yacht underway

The upper deck combines with the sky lounge to create an enormous indoor/outdoor entertainment area of 92 square metres.

Galactica Super Nova at Sea

Galactica Super Nova at Sea

Range at 12 knots: 4.000 NAUTICAL MILES
Cabins: Full-beam master suite, one VIP cabin, four double cabins.

70M Galactica Super Nova upperdeck

70M Galactica Super Nova upperdeck

70M Galactica Super Nova sundeck by Heesen

70M Galactica Super Nova sundeck by Heesen

70M Galactica Super Nova maindeck

70M Galactica Super Nova maindeck

70M Galactica Super Nova lowerdeck

70M Galactica Super Nova lowerdeck

Galactica super nova aft

Galactica super nova aft

If you would like to charter one of Heesen’s award wining superyachts, to try out their unique philosophy to yachting for yourself, please get in touch with the team at CharterWorld, the leading specialist luxury charter company.

More Info at Heesen Yachts

Renowned Designer and Naval Architect Van Oossanen Participates in The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show

April 05, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Renowned around the globe, the Van Oossanen Naval Architecture studio has announced its participation in The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show. The studio is well known for many important private and charter yachts cruising our waters, including the imposing 65-metre Heesen flagship superyacht GALACTICA STAR.

Galactica Star Superyacht - Image credit to Van Oossanen

Galactica Star Superyacht – Image credit to Van Oossanen

Van Oossanen will welcome present and future yacht owners and take them to the ‘invisible world’ of the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic flow around a yacht. In collaboration with the world’s most famous exterior and interior designers, the company develops yacht designs that excel in performance, in terms of comfort, efficiency and safety.

London LYJAPCS 2016

London LYJAPCS 2016

A great example of their best-performing design can be found in the build and efficiency of vessels when cruising the ocean or at harbour. Van Oossanen’s patent protected Fast Displacement Full Form (FDHF) has created the foundation for many outstanding yacht designs, such as the already mentioned GALACTICA STAR or recently launched Galactica Super Nova.

Lately, Van Oossanen has been developing new hull concepts within the existing Fast Displacement Hull concept that reflect the desires of  the future customer for optimum comfort, greater interior and exterior space, and prestigious length-speed designs.

With over 25 years of experience in hydrodynamics, and being CFD specialists as well as naval architects, Van Oossanen is capable of creating a yacht design in a way that comfort, performance and space are optimised.

Don’t miss the opportunity and visit Van Oossanen at the LYJAPCS where at booth A10 on the ground floor.

70m SuperYacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA Hits Water at Heesen Yachts

March 08, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts have announced the launch of their largest yacht to date, the 70-metre mega yacht project KOMETA, now called GALACTICA SUPER NOVA. The newly-launched luxury superyacht is amongst the top 200 largest yachts in the world and one of the fastest in her size range.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA christening -  Dick Holthuis

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA christening – Dick Holthuis

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA was built with a revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) technology devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects, which Heesen Yachts were the first to utilise in construction. GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is fitted with a third engine to power a booster jet, and will be able to reach a maximum speed of over 30 knots.

Heesen GALACTICA SUPER NOVA yacht christening - Dick Holthuis

Heesen GALACTICA SUPER NOVA yacht christening – Dick Holthuis

With building experience since 1978, Heesen Yachts have became world-leaders in this sector. Boasting exterior lines by Espen Øino and interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is an evolution of Heesen’t long experience in the superyacht building and also the result of what is perceived as a growing market demand for fast transit speeds, perfectly brought together with the highest level of comfort and space traditionally associated with displacement yachts.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photo by Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photo by Guillaume Plisson

The vessel is also equipped with a great selection of amenities and water toys, including a tender and quad ski, which are housed in the garage situated in the forward part of the hull. This arrangement allowed for a development of a fabulous beach club that provides the owners and their guests with the possibility to enjoy a lifestyle closer to the water.



Additional notable features include a 13,500-litre contra-flow swimming pool situated on the main deck aft, also featuring a waterfall and integrated Jacuzzi for relaxation, while the glass bottom of the pool allows for natal light to filter into the beach club below. Further forward on the main deck is the touch-and-go helipad, which also doubles as an outdoor cinema that seamlessly completes the luxury lifestyle aboard this magnificent vessel.



GALACTICA SUPER NOVA’s head-turning exterior design by the respected international designer and naval architects Espen Oeino, who worked on a pre-established engineering platform provided by Heesen’s in-house experts, features striking lines and beautiful appearance. The designer has been able to develop a profile that celebrates Heesen’s DNA, yet at the same time brings in new design elements that make GALACTICA SUPER NOVA a truly unique vessel in Heesen’s galaxy.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photos Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photos Guillaume Plisson

Accommodation is laid out to welcome twelve guests on board, providing comfortable six staterooms, including a main deck master suite forward, four guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP stateroom located on the wheelhouse deck aft. The Owner has chosen the famous Dutch designer Sinot to create light, pure and well-balanaced interior with a sophisticated equilibrium between monochromic and soft colours. The ambience on board is relaxed and informal, understated and inviting, yet extremely refined. A wide range of leathers – from galuchat to very soft calfskin – form the bases of the interior decor that includes a variety of stones such as calacatta luccicoso and various onyx. The stand-out feature in the interior is the central staircase with a crystal elevator. Steel, nickel, chrome, wood and leather flow together to form a fabulous and imposing architectural helix.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - main saloon - Photo Dick Holthuis

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – main saloon – Photo Dick Holthuis

Following her launch, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA will now go through comprehensive tests in the North Sea before her scheduled delivery in May, 2016. Once delivered, she will undertake her maiden voyage from the Netherlands to Montenegro, following which she will cruise the summer in the Mediterranean, and final premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.


Heesen Yachts to unveil Project NOVA and the Sound of Silence at MYS 2015

September 14, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that it will be unveiling an innovative new project at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2015. Luxury yacht PROJECT NOVA will represent the world’s first FDHF motor yacht fitted with hybrid propulsion. Heesen Yachts would like to welcome visitors to the MYS to come and discover The Sound of Silence and Project NOVA superyacht from 23rd to 26th of September.

Project NOVA yacht boasts naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and design by Omega with interior by Sinot.

This innovative yacht will feature accommodation for twelve guests in six stylish and luxurious staterooms with elegant interior design and decor. The owner suite will be located on the main deck forward and will feature a bathroom with a central bath tub. The remainder of the guest suites will be located on the lower deck with the full-beam VIP located forward, also featuring a spacious bathroom and a bathtub. Two twin cabins will be situated amidship and two double cabins aft, all equipped with en suite shower rooms.

“We believe that in a world full of noise, silence is the ultimate luxury.” Heesen Yachts

Luxury Superyachts built in the Netherlands

August 06, 2015

Written by zuzana

Think Yachts, Think Holland’, the branding campaign of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, representing the Netherlands and the Dutch superyacht industry, has released a great video below, showing such outstanding vessels built in the Netherlands as the 65m mega yacht GALACTICA STAR, to name but a few. Launched by Heesen in 2013, superyacht GALACTICA STAR (Project Omnia, YN 16465) is a breath-taking Fast Displacement (FDHF) vessel, superbly penned by Omega Architects.

There are more details about Heesen here.

Breath-taking 70m Fast Displacement Mega Yacht KOMETA by HEESEN YACHTS

June 11, 2015

Written by zuzana

Heesen Yachts has released an amazing video below, showing their largest vessel, currently under development – the breath-taking 70m Fast Displacement mega yacht KOMETA (project name). Taking inspiration from the highly successful 65m luxury yacht GALACTICA STAR, motor yacht KOMETA, also known as YN 17470, is a striking lightweight all-aluminium vessel, expected to reach an impressive maximum speed of almost 30 knots.

More charter yachts built by Heesen.

Aboard Some of the Finest HEESEN Superyachts

May 01, 2015

Written by zuzana

The prestigious Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, has released an amazing compilation video below, showing some of their finest creations and the beauty of the life aboard such luxury vessels as motor yacht Satori, mega yacht Galactica Star, superyacht Monaco Wolf, Galatea, Lady Petra yacht, as well as Crazy Me, to name but a few. Specializing in the construction of vessels from 30m to 80m and above, the unique and exceptional Superyachts by Heesen boast the latest technology, Dutch quality shipbuilding, custom built luxury, maximum comfort, as well as contemporary design, coming from the boards of the world renowned designers.

There are more details here on Heesen.

New 50m Fast Displacement Motor Yacht NOVA unveiled by Heesen Yachts

April 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

Heesen Yachts is thrilled to present their new 50m Fast Displacement motor yacht NOVA (project name), the first vessel in a new series of Heesen yachts. The keel of the all-aluminium YN 17850 superyacht NOVA was laid in the presence of the ABS surveyor at the Heesen facility in Oss in February 2015 and her construction is due to be completed by Spring 2017.

New 50m Fast Displacement Superyacht NOVA by Heesen Yachts

New 50m Fast Displacement Superyacht NOVA by Heesen Yachts

Following a huge success of the 65m mega yacht Galactica Star, the world’s first vessel with a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), the 50m luxury yacht NOVA boasts the same superlative levels of performance, efficiency and maximum comfort in a smaller design package of under 500 GT, with emphasis on fuel efficiency.

Super yacht NOVA is a beautiful and highly comfortable displacement vessel with reduced environmental impact, thanks to relatively small engines and attention to weight control. She consumes less with an amazing transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots with only 45m3 of fuel, and is also more spacious.

Keel laying of NOVA Yacht

Keel laying of NOVA Yacht

Project NOVA yacht has been magnificently designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with interior styling by Sinot Yacht Design. She boasts an eye-catching superstructure, vertical bow and generous fixed aft platform with a magnificent staircase leading to the main deck. There is accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 elegant cabins. The master suite can be found on the main deck forward and has a bathroom with central bathtub. The additional cabins are all positioned on the lower deck. There is a forward, full-beam VIP suite with a spacious bathroom with bathtub, two twin cabins located amidships, as well as two double cabins aft, both equipped with ensuite shower rooms.

Testing of newly designed NOVA superyacht hull at the Southampton tank test facility in July 2014

Testing of newly designed NOVA superyacht hull at the Southampton tank test facility in July 2014 – Photo by Jeff Brown

The lower deck hosts a gym, dividing the guest accommodation from the engine room, thus ensuring protection against noise and vibration. There is also the fixed swim platform with generous space to relax and a pantry with wet bar.

See more on Heesen

Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro 2015 to host a strong fleet of luxury yachts

March 31, 2015

Written by zuzana

The Superyacht Rendezvous will be hosted by the fantastic Montenegro yacht charter destination – Porto Montenegro this July. With both sailing and motor superyachts from 30m upwards, it is expected to be an amazing event in the Boat International event calendar.

Yachts Cruise in Company on Day Two

Yachts Cruise in Company on Day Two

Registration to attend this exciting new event is open and more information can be found on the Superyacht Rendezvous website.

The organizers are delighted to announce a strong fleet of superyachts joining the event so far in Porto Montenegro, including: superyacht Exuma (Philippe Briand, 50m), luxury yacht Alyssa (Tansu 38.7m), charter yacht C-Side (Feadship, 34.4m), Galactica (Heesen, 50m) Elena (Heesen, 47m), Blue Ice (Palmer Johnson, 45.7m), Artemy (Azimut, 35.4m), Seven Seconds (DL Yachts Dreamline, 26m) Komokwa (Horizon, 41m) and the recently returned from the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht regatta, Ingot (Burger Boat Company, 46.6m).

Montenegro's famed Bay of Kotor and a stunning coastline attract superyacht owners from around the world. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

Montenegro’s famed Bay of Kotor and a stunning coastline attract superyacht owners from around the world. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro is also punctuated by a dazzling social programme which commences with an owners’ lunch at a beautiful venue to savour local seafood delicacies and a welcome cocktail and yacht hop to give all attendees a chance to display their yachts in the glamorous surroundings. The next day brings a cruise in company around the Bay of Kotor; an opportunity to see the stunning landscapes that Montenegro provides. The following day presents a chance to sample some of the cultural activities on offer such as an adrenaline junky’s dream canyoning or perhaps a delicious gastronomical experience. The final evening of The Rendezvous will prove unforgettable with a glamorous party at the ultra-chic Lido Mar Beach Club.

“Long overshadowed by Croatia, its captivating neighbor to the west, Montenegro is poised to become a world-class luxury travel destination thanks to its idyllic, 180-mile-plus coastline and rugged interior dotted with river canyons, glacial lakes and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the singularly spectacular Durmitor National Park.  The UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro, is vying for the title of Europe’s leading marina, with berths up to 180 meters to accommodate superyachts; tax and duty-free fuel at a 45% discount versus countries within the EU; incentives sure to lure uber-wealthy mariners.” Credit:

Bay of Kotor's marina is vying to become Europe's leading marina with 180m berths and significant tax and fuel discounts.Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

Bay of Kotor’s marina is vying to become Europe’s leading marina with 180m berths and significant tax and fuel discounts.Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

The Superyacht Rendezvous’s relocation from Monaco promises to be a fresh take on an old classic. The organizers look forward to welcoming the world’s most impressive luxury yachts to start the season in style at what is set to be an event to remember.

Each entry for the Superyacht Rendezvous includes the following:

  • Dockage in the marina at Porto Montenegro from Thursday July 2 – Sunday July 5 2015
  • 8 x VIP tickets to all social events:

o Owners Lunch

o Welcome Cocktail & Yacht Hop

o Cruise in Company Luncheon

o Superyacht Rendezvous Party

  • Concierge service for yacht owners and his/her guests

To secure your place for the Superyacht Rendezvous please register via the website.