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Project Nova launched by Heesen and named M/Y HOME

April 18, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

On April the 14th, Heesen Shipyard launched its amazing 49.8m superyacht Project Nova, which has been named HOME. One of the most expected superyacht launches of 2017, Project Nova has also known as the first Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) superyacht equipped with hybrid propulsion. This ultra efficient luxury vessel offers low fuel consumption with an extended range. HOME is powered by two 804hp MTU 12V 2000 M61s engines, and she will be able to reach a top speed of 16 knots. Another key feature is her silent cruising at a speed of 9 knots provided by the diesel propulsion electric system. Home’s Naval architecture is by Van Oossanen Naval Architects

49.8m Project Nova launched and named HOME. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

49.8m Project Nova launched and named HOME. Photo credit Heesen Yachts/ Dick Holthuis

Her eye-catching superstructure was designed by Heesen in collaboration with Omega Architects. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects mentioned that the extensive use of glass and cutaway bulwarks would provide plenty of natural light onboard this “more like a beach villa in style” superyacht.

Launch of motor yacht HOME by Heesen. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Launch of motor yacht HOME by Heesen. Photo credit Heesen Yachts Dick Holthuis

Motor yacht Home Heesen Yachts. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Motor yacht Home Heesen Yachts. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Heesen Yachts launched motor yacht Home. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Heesen Yachts launched motor yacht Home. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

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Motor yacht Home launched by Heesen. Photo credit Dick Holthuis


HOME’s Owner invited reputable Italian designers of Cristiano Gatto to work on the interior styling. The designers’ goal was to create a modern minimalist interior styling. Light and relaxing ambience on board was created by using a two-tone colour palette. Some design elements include deep red and burgundy colours, lavish materials and geometrical patterns.



The main deck of luxury yacht HOME features a large main salon with lavish seating and a stunning dining area for 1o guests. There is also an owner’s suite on the main deck, which includes an office and walk-in wardrobes.

Heesen-motor yacht Home - interior renderings

Heesen-motor yacht Home – interior renderings

The lower deck’s layout comprises of five lavish guest cabins and fully equipped gymnasium. Imposing motor yacht HOME offers a huge wet bar and a spa pool located on the sundeck. The upper deck includes a lounge with beautiful furnishing and an alfresco dining area on the aft.

Project Nova -Heesen Yachts - named M/Y HOME. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Project Nova -Heesen Yachts – named M/Y HOME. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Launch of Project Nova by Heesen. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Launch of Project Nova by Heesen. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Motor yacht HOME (Project Nova) - Heesen. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Motor yacht HOME (Project Nova) – Heesen. Photo credit Dutch Yachting

Motor yacht HOME is scheduled for delivery this summer and is expected to make her appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Watch the video of Heesen’s Motor yacht HOME getting ready for the launch.

New to charter market: Superyacht ASYA available in the Western Mediterranean this July

March 27, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

47m/153ft superyacht ASYA (ex. Project Hé) will join the charter world in the Mediterranean this summer from July, providing guests with exceptional quality and near new surroundings from Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and Bannenberg & Rowell.

Superyacht ASYA by Heesen. Image credit: Dick Holthuis

Superyacht ASYA by Heesen. Image credit: Dick Holthuis

Built by Heesen in 2015, luxury yacht ASYA was a finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2016 for the Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 42m to 46.9m category.

Motor yacht ASYA - Main salon. Photo credit: Omega Architects

Motor yacht ASYA – Main salon. Photo credit: Omega Architects

In the main salon, the decidedly Eastern design aesthetic displays itself in the large, lantern like lighting, angular furnishings and the spatial symmetry that takes a non-cluttered approach. Designed for living, the plush sofas and chaise loungers will tempt guests to sit down, stretch out and take the day as it comes.

Begin your mornings on the main deck aft and take in the fresh air of the Mediterranean as you have your coffee and prepare for the day ahead. Ceiling and floor lighting also make this an ideal environment for evenings quiet, ambient evenings.

Superyacht ASYA - Skylounge

Superyacht ASYA – Skylounge

The skylounge is a great environment for relaxation throughout the day because of its comfortable circular seating and ample table space for laptops, tablets and magazines without creating an office-like environment within its easygoing vibe. A widescreen TV and games table have evening entertainment sorted for all ages, and the high quality finish from the Macassar wood to the muted ceiling lighting will impress any new acquaintances you meet on your travels. One of the alfresco dining options is located on the upper deck aft, along with seating on either side for a place to chat or nap after your meal. Forward of the main deck, guests will find an ideal spot for sunbathing and outdoor lounging with forward-facing views of your destination beach or historic town.

Motor yacht ASYA - Sundeck spa pool and sunpads with outdoor lounging area on bow

Motor yacht ASYA – Sundeck spa pool and sunpads with outdoor lounging area on bow

For the best alfresco dining anywhere on board and unparalleled views of the Mediterranean islands an coastline, guests will find that the sundeck delivers all of this and more: a wet bar will keep everyone refreshed while dining, resting on the sun loungers or unwinding in the large spa pool surrounded by sunpads. To the aft, the integrated sofas curve with the shape of the deck so that no space is wasted. The resulting deck space in this area could be used for exercise in the fresh air, or for games and other activities.

The choice selection of water toys includes water skis, jet skis. wakeboards, a paddleboard and a knee board to offer guests a variety of high octane fun and gentle exploration.

Luxury yacht Asya - Master suite

Luxury yacht Asya – Master suite

The accommodation layout is designed to sleep a maximum of 12 guests over 5 cabins: 3 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. A professional crew of 10 will ensure that every guest has a pleasant and relaxing cruise through Mediterranean waters this summer.

Motor yacht ASYA will be available from mid-July in the Western Mediterranean from €240,000 per week plus expenses, offering yacht charterers the chance to be amongst the first to holiday on board. Contact CharterWorld for more information regarding on board amenities and reserve your dates today.

Sold: New Heesen 55m Superyacht Project Alida

March 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Sold at the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2017, the new 55m superyacht Alida was asking €37 million. The stunning motor yacht project is currently under construction at Heesen shipyard. Alida is scheduled to be launched in summer 2017.

Motor Yacht Alida

Motor Yacht Alida

Her exterior design is a work of Omega Architects, who gained fantastic reputation working on some other superyacht projects. Meeting the recent trends in superyacht construction, Omega Architects emphasised the indoor-outdoor flow, as well as with panoramic windows and fantastic full-view from the sky lounge.

The interior design of Alida, designed by Banneberg & Rowell,  is simple and tasteful: it features light colours of bleached oak and beige and creamy colours of the finishing. Alida accommodates a total of 12 guests in 6 comfortable cabins: a master suite, a VIP suite, two double and two twin cabins.

ALIDA Yacht - Photo by Dick Holthuis

ALIDA Yacht – Photo by Dick Holthuis

Motor yacht Alida provides enormous exterior spaces, plenty of storage for water toys and tenders, as well as a huge sun deck and a beach club.

Powered by a pair of MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, Alida will be able to reach a top speed of 15 knots and comfortable cruise at 13 knots.


Western Mediterranean Charter Yacht DESTINY showcases new interiors by Laura Pomponi

March 24, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 37m/123ft motor yacht DESTINY (ex ILONA) is now available for Western Mediterranean charter throughout the summer season after a comprehensive refit with new interiors by Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects – a long established name in the yacht building industry. Built by Heesen in 2007 and last refitted in 2016, she represents an excellent opportunity to charter a finely crafted superyacht with plenty of fantastic amenities on board.

M/Y DESTINY from Heesen Yachts

M/Y DESTINY from Heesen Yachts

The owner requested an ‘all white’ yacht with a modern minimalist aesthetic to display his artwork, where functionality was foremost. Given a time frame of just over three months, Laura Pomponi took the design from concept to realisation, contacting suppliers and contractors to complete the interiors within the scheduled window.

Formal dining aboard superyacht DESTINY

Formal dining aboard superyacht DESTINY 

The result is a brilliantly bright interior that takes full advantage of the natural light using reflective metallic and glass surfaces. This effect is particularly distinct in the main salon and dining area, where the vibrant artwork and the warm tones of the wooden flooring integrate perfectly into the design. Laura Pomponi adds to the gallery ambience through the ‘waving’ dining table and ‘glowing’ coffee table in three pieces to catch the eye of charter guests.



The salon towards the main deck aft benefits from the floor to ceiling silver foil finish panels and sliding doors, with views stretching far beyond the alfresco dining area on the port, aft and starboard sides. While the children are watching a film on the widescreen TV, which can be hidden away seamlessly when not in use, adult family members can enjoy relaxing in the afternoon sun.

Alfresco dining on the main deck aft of superyacht DESTINY

Alfresco dining on the main deck aft of superyacht DESTINY

There are plenty of dining options throughout luxury yacht DESTINY, and visitors to the sundeck will discover an immaculate environment for alfresco dining. The sun pads and shaded Jacuzzi will see use throughout the day, yet it’s in the evening when the sundeck becomes the most atmospheric: Underfloor lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere and the glow from the Jacuzzi will tempt more than one charter guest on a hot summer night.

Sundeck in the evening aboard luxury yacht DESTINY

Sundeck in the evening aboard luxury yacht DESTINY

The choice selection of water toys will entertain guests of all ages and fitness levels and consists of a jet-ski, a windsurfer, a Waverunner and 2 inflatable kayaks.

MY DESTINY - Master suite

MY DESTINY – Master suite

Design details across the accommodation include bespoke wall lights, handmade foil recesses on the ceiling and wallpaper on all of the headboards in each cabin. The accommodation layout will sleep up to 10 guests in 5 cabins: 3 double cabins, 1 twin cabin and 1 children’s cabin. An experienced crew of 5 will ensure that every guest is well taken care of throughout the journey.

Superyacht DESTINY is available for Western Mediterranean destinations from €105,000-€119,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to book your summer dates and avoid disappointment.

Take to Cannes and the Mediterranean in style this summer and charter luxury yacht G3

March 21, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

44m/144ft luxury yacht G3 (ex.SIBELLE) is ready to charter the full breadth of the Mediterranean this summer, from Eastern Mediterranean locations such as Dubrovnik and Trogir to the farthest Western Mediterranean destinations of Barcelona and Gibraltar.

Superyacht G3 - Built by Heesen

Superyacht G3 – Built by Heesen

Built by Heesen in 2008 and refitted extensively only earlier this year, luxury yacht G3 features a brand new forward Jacuzzi on the sundeck, an outdoor cinema and a beach club with gym in place of the tender garage. Her interior architecture was completed by Omega Architects and the Michael Labazov Team, creating brilliant uplifting environments incorporating the contemporary sensibility of design efficiency.

M/Y G3 - Main salon

M/Y G3 – Main salon

The bright and airy main salon is an excellent environment for charter guests of all ages, with a spacious living area where guests can separate away from the main group whilst remaining a part of the action.

Main aft deck aboard luxury yacht G3

Main aft deck aboard luxury yacht G3

The shaded main deck aft is designed for outdoor living night and day, with sofas, armchairs and coffee tables arranged for group gatherings between friends, family and any visitors whilst docked. The stairs lead down to the beach club, where guests can relax on the sun loungers and receive a massage from the trained on board masseuse.

Skylounge aboard motor yacht G3

Skylounge aboard motor yacht G3

For the best indoor views the skylounge is the place to gather, and access across the decks is made easy by the central lift (elevator). The cosy curved seating and armchairs are delightfully comfortable and a film on the widescreen TV will prove an excellent way to round off a day of activities on land and in the water.

Motor yacht G3 - Photo credit: Jeff Brown

Motor yacht G3 – Photo credit: Jeff Brown

On the fore deck guests will find the sun pads and uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape whilst to the aft, the outdoor decking area is accessed by broad sliding doors which allow light to stream into the skylounge at any time of the day. This partially shaded deck will become the hub for alfresco dining and with the addition of outdoor seating, guests will be tempted to spend an afternoon napping, or an evening socialising under the stars.

With a sundeck as impressive as the one aboard luxury yacht G3, guests will want to take the best of the afternoon sun to unwind on the sunpads with a cocktail from the bar, and the seating arrangements make alfresco dining a breeze.

While in transit, there is a gym located within the beach club so that fitness fanatics can maintain their regular routine. One you arrive at you destination, motor yacht G3 has an extensive array of water toys, which include:

  • 4 x Seabobs
  • 2x jet-skis
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • water skis
  • wakeboards
  • scuba diving equipment
  • kite surfing equipment

As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, she offers guests the opportunity to learn how to use a new water toy for the first time.

Motor yacht G3 - Master suite

Motor yacht G3 – Master suite

The accommodation layout is suited to a maximum of 12 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master stateroom, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins with 2 Pullman berths. Her professional crew of 8 will tend to all of your guests, ensuring a relaxing and entertaining charter experience throughout the charter.

Superyacht G3 is ready for Mediterranean charters from €161,000-€175,000 per week plus expenses. Find out more about this striking Heesen yacht and contact CharterWorld now.

Project Maia Unveiled at Heesen Yachts

March 09, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The new 50m superyacht project Maia has been unveiled at Heesen Yachts. Maia is currently under construction and is scheduled for delivery in 2018. Her beautiful profile was drawn by Clifford Denn. Reymond Langdon design studio is working on her interior design, which, no doubt, will have a fantastic timeless styling, as seen in superyacht Ann G - the previous project of the designers and shipyard.

superyacht Maia

Superyacht Maia – Heesen Yachts

Maia will provide accommodation for ten guests in five luxurious staterooms. The master suite will be located on the main deck, while three double and one twin cabins will be on the lower deck.

Motor Yacht Maia unveiled at Heesen Yachts

Motor Yacht Maia unveiled at Heesen Yachts

Alike the other luxury superyachts by Heesen Maia will feature a luxurious beach club, where her guests can relax, sunbathe and sip some cocktails.

Maia interior

Maia interior

There will be plenty of storage for tenders on the foredeck. With a pair MTU engine, Maia will be able to reach a top speed of 15 kn and to cruise with a speed of 12 kn.

Maia under cinstruction photo by Dutch Yachting

Maia under construction. Photo by Dutch Yachting

A couple of months ago the construction of YN 18556 began at the shipyard. There are currently eight yachts under construction at Heesen. In addition to that, the shipyard is preparing to launch two superyachts this year, which will undoubtedly become some of the most important and interesting superyachts of 2017.

Superyacht of the Week: 55m QUINTA ESSENTIA

March 09, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

One of the stars in the super yachting world, Quinta Essentia made her first appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. She is an eye-catching 55m hybrid motor yacht built by Admiral, a brand of the Italian Sea Group. Behind her striking looks and the red-and-cream sleek profile, there is so much power, innovative technical aspects and incredible interior design.

motor yacht Quinta Essentia - main

Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia – Main

Quinta Essentia is an all-aluminium motor yacht designed by Dobroserdov Design in collaboration with the Dutch sound specialist Van Cappellen. An outstanding feature of the superyacht’s design is a minimised noise and vibration, which add to the superb cruising experience.

Quinta Essentia - main deck

Quinta Essentia – Main deck

Interior designer Michela Reverberi worked closely with the owners of this yacht to create a functional interior layout. In the result, Quinta Essentia features tasteful furnishing, luxurious materials and amazing colour palette.

Quinta Essentia - interior

Quinta Essentia – interior

The owners of Quinta Essentia have an extensive experience in owning superyachts. They previously owned Quinta Essentia built by Heesen, which had been sold and renamed Quite Essential.

Quinta Essentia - OWNER SUITE

Quinta Essentia – OWNER SUITE



Accommodation onboard is offered for a total of 12 guests in 6 opulent cabins. The full-beam owner’s suite benefits from the access to the deck outside, perfect for relaxation and admiring breathtaking views. The VIP cabin includes a private balcony. Four guests cabins on the lower deck can be transferred into two massive cabins upon owner’s request.

M:Y Quinta Essentia - cabin

M/Y Quinta Essentia – cabin

A plethora of luxury amenities adds to the superb cruising experience offered by Quinta Essentia. Her enormous beach deck boasts a wellness centre with a massage room, sauna and hammam. A large swim platform is an ideal sunbathing area with sun-loungers. Quinta Essentia also boasts a  helipad on the foredeck. There is plenty of storage for a tender and water toys.



Quinta Essentia features advanced hybrid propulsion system, which integrates two traditional MAN engines of 1,400 hp each with two electric motors of 150 kW each, connected to variable speed generators. She reaches a top speed of 16.5 knots and cruises at a speed of 9.5 knots.

Quinta Essentia and her tender

Quinta Essentia and her tender

Although Quinta Essentia is currently not available for charter, there is a selection of some beautiful luxury superyachts that are available this summer season in the Mediterranean. For more information, please contact one of our charter brokers.

Exclusive Interview: Luxury Superyachts, Water Sport Stunts, Entertainment and much more at DIBS 2017

February 21, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Dubai International Boat Show 2017: Speaking to Trixie LohMirmand Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

The annual Dubai International Boat Show is fast approaching. The event, first held in 2008 is steadily gaining in popularity, year after year. As organisers, what are your expectations from the 2017 show in terms of attendance and business opportunities for the exhibitors?

“The Dubai International Boat Show is a key date for many of our local and international exhibitors as it gives them a unique opportunity to not only target new business leads and generated sales but to also have face to face time with their current clientele.

As an international hub, Dubai serves as a melting pot for a range of different nationalities and cultures. This gives international exhibitors exclusive access to potential clients from all over the world, something they may not experience at other shows.

While we have a big focus on audiences that are yacht and superyacht buyers and aficionados, we also host a range of activities and have a number of exhibitors in different areas of the industry. We want to provide a range of experiences for our visitors to enjoy no matter what their interests are.”

Trixie LohMirmand

Trixie LohMirmand

How many yachts can we expect to see at this year’s show? Can you name a few of the most impressive ones?

“Some of the most impressive launches from the yacht manufacturers will take place on the first day of the show, and while local and international companies plan their launches for this year’s edition, they like to keep everything under tight wraps until then to ensure the ‘wow’ factor for their reveals.

With the running total at 40 confirmed launches already, 2017’s edition is shaping up to be another successful year.

We’ve seen some amazing superyachts launches in the previous editions and we are very excited to see what everyone has planned this year, and visitors can expect to see a full marina of boats moored in the marina and showcased on the show floor.

With that in mind, we’ve had confirmation from BehneMar that they will be bringing the Silver Fast superyacht to show, measuring up at a staggering 77m.”

Superyacht SILVER FAST

Superyacht SILVER FAST

What about the exhibitors. How many exhibitors will be displaying and what type of products can we expect?

“845 companies and brands from 60 different countries will be represented on the show floor and, on top of the superyachts manufacturers displaying their latest luxury vessels; we aim to provide a holistic experience at the show. Regardless of visitor’s budgets, the experiences at the show are designed to appeal to a wide variety of people.

There will be a range of exhibitors displaying a variety of products that encompass every aspect of the marine industry. From sailing, scuba diving and water sports organisations to the more niche products, such as personal submarines and ‘aquabatic’ submersibles; the show really will have something for everybody.”

Dubai Marina. Photo credit Mattharvey1

Dubai Marina. Photo credit Mattharvey1


Can you name a few of the most important industry players showcasing their goods at the show?

“UAE based companies Gulf Craft and ART Marine have been long-standing supporters and exhibitors of the show, and it’s been great to see them grow over the years into successful international brands.

The show also has continuing support from the Superyachts Builders Association (SYBAss) with their international members Amels, Baglietto, Benetti, CRN, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen, Lürssen, Mondomarine and Oceanco joining us on the show floor this year.

Big players in the marine equipment industry such as Brook Marine, Exalto Emirates, Raymarine, Unichem, Dual Docker and Amro will be out in full force, showcasing the latest technology for in and outboard engines, water filtration systems and marina services.

Outdoor displays will have some incredible pieces of machinery on display, and a big feature will be the Kormaran K7, a uniquely designed boat capable of transitioning between different configurations thanks to its world-first patented transformation technology.”

Dubai Marina photo by Rita Willaert

Dubai Marina. Photo credit Rita Willaert

What can first-time visitors expect from the show and are there any novelties for those returning?

“The show will have water sports stunts put on by hydro watersports; an entertainment hub on the club’s private beach which will provide food, beverages and live music amid a serene beach setting; a supercar promenade featuring some of the most luxurious cars from around the globe; and a retail village showcasing the latest in marine fashion.

Another prominent feature of the show will be the various watersports sessions visitors can participate in and gain valuable knowledge on the best and safest ways to get on the water. Activities such as stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking are all on offer, and each session will be accompanied by a team of trained professionals.

Dubai International Boat Show has witnessed an amazing growth in consumer demand for the latest small to medium sized boats, and the show has expanded to cater for this increase, offering a wealth of products from 60 different countries.

The event will also house some of the latest in underwater tech with Ortega’s three-man submarine, Powervision’s fishing drone; PowerRay and Kormaran’s transforming boat, the K7.

For those with a desire to get into sailing, the show’s hands-on boating experiences will educate visitors on the basics of operating a boat, from the safety equipment to rope work and basic knots.

Visitors can also experience luxury on different levels with our new exclusive art gallery which will be featured in the VIP lounge. On display will be marine-themed paintings, sculptures and one-off pieces from international artists such as Igor Lobanov, Jaroslav Proek and Naiel Mulla.

As well as the art gallery, the show will once again host the supercar promenade which will highlight some of the world’s fastest and most luxurious cars.”

In terms of luxury yachting in Dubai and the Middle East, how would you describe the current situation and what is your vision for the upcoming 5-10 years?

“Sentiments for luxury yachting both in the Middle East and abroad are looking positive, with Boat International listing a total of 362 superyachts sold worldwide in 2016 and 30 already sold in 2017.

Of course, with the completion of the Dubai Canal Extension and the recent announcement of the marine mega-project Dubai Harbour, we’re expecting a surge of interest from individuals and business looking to capitalise on what will become the region’s largest marina.

With the Dubai International Marine Club playing an integral part in the Dubai Harbour project, the show will develop alongside, attracting and educating visitors on the maritime industry.”

Dubai Marina photo credit Roberto Piesio

Dubai Marina. photo credit Roberto Piesio

In addition to attending the Dubai boat show, which other nearby destinations to explore would you recommend to visitors arriving on luxury yachts and staying in the area for a few more days?

The Dubai International Boat Show is strategically positioned in the heart of new Dubai, surrounded on all sides by world-class hotels, restaurants and other amenities that cater to international visitors.

Dubai also offers a host of beachside and water-orientated activities for residents and holiday makers to enjoy which include waterparks, SCUBA diving, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, and flyboarding.

For those seeking a more luxurious experience, hotels and private beach clubs offer their guests five-star treatments providing spa treatments and lavish food.

Even those out for a thrill won’t be disappointed. The nearby Skydive Dubai allows adrenaline junkies the unique opportunity to see the Marina and Palm Jumeirah while jumping out of a plane.



This fantastic event returns to the Dubai International Marine Club from 28 February to 4 March 2017. To buy your ticket online and save 15% click here: DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Heesen yachts announces interior stylist for Project Nova

February 16, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Heesen Yachts has announced Cristiano Gatto as the interior designer for PROJECT NOVA (YN 17850), the world’s first fast displacement yacht with hybrid propulsion.

PROJECT NOVA rendering

PROJECT NOVA rendering

Cristiano Gatto has previously worked on the interiors for luxury yachts to produce a range of bespoke interiors for clients, including the interior for motor yachts LISA IV (ex.Z, ARES, AUSPICIOUS), MIDNIGHT SUN and SAMAURAI ONE, and sailing yacht VICTORIA (ex.OHANA).

SAMURAI ONE - Skylounge by Cristiano Gatto

SAMURAI ONE – Skylounge by Cristiano Gatto

Sailing yacht VICTORIA - Main Salon by Cristiano Gatto

Sailing yacht VICTORIA – Main Salon by Cristiano Gatto

Cristiano Gatto worked closely with the owner and his team to create interior spaces that fit the owner’s lifestyle and personality.

“The owner asked us to modify colour scheme, design details and overall decoration to give the interior a contemporary, almost minimalist design,” comments Cristiano Gatto. “A two-tone palette has been chosen to give the interiors a bright and relaxing feel. The contrast between the pure white of fabrics, leather and lacquered surfaces and the warm hues of woods, create a sophisticated ambience in all the rooms, bathrooms included. Hints of colour brighten the scheme with deep red or burgundy decorative items, cushions and throws in both the exterior and interior areas to catch the eye and juice things up. The linearity of design is enriched by geometrical patterns, precious materials and meticulously designed details.”

Heesen 17850 Project Nova - Interior concept by Cristiano Gatto

Heesen 17850 Project Nova – Interior concept by Cristiano Gatto

PROJECT NOVA sold in June 2016 after she impressed her now-owner through her innovative technology to enhance her performance and reduced sound emissions. PROJECT NOVA is expected to launch from Heesen’s shipyard in Oss, the Netherlands, on the 14th of April, 2017.

In Pictures: The Winners of the Boat International Media’s ShowBoats Design Awards 2017

February 07, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The Boat International MediaShowBoats Design Awards aims to honour the best-of-the-best design ideas in the super yachting industry. A large number of world-renowned designers and shipbuilders, along with young and inspiring yacht designers participate in the event each year to join in the glamour and celebration. This year the winners of the Boat International Medias ShowBoats Design Awards brought home the Gold Neptune Trophies, with some of them winning multiple awards in various categories. Here are the designers who have made a great impression on the yachting industry:

1. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht above 48m

Superyacht Joy 70m was launched in 2016 and built by Feadship. Her exterior design is by Bannenberg & Rowell and CharterWorld was the first ever to organise a yacht charter holiday on the yacht.

Yacht JOY Aft View - Copyright Feadship

Yacht JOY Aft View – Copyright Feadship

2. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht below 48m

Wider 150 motor yacht Genesi 47m was built be Wider Yachts. She boasts an extremely elegant design by Fulvio De Simoni.



 3. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Sailing Yacht

My Song 39.6m is a 130 Custom high-performance sailing yacht built by Baltic Yachts. Her award-winning exterior styling is by Nauta Design.

My Song - Nauta Yacht

My Song – Nauta Yacht

4.  Best Interior Layout & Design – Motor Yacht above 500GT

Luxury superyacht Cloudbreak 72.3m is a magnificent vessel in the yacht fleet of Abeking & Rasmussen. Thanks to her interior designer Christian Liaigre, Cloudbreak has won the best interior layout and design award.

Cloudbreak. photo by Christopher Scholey

Cloudbreak. photo by Christopher Scholey

 5. Best Interior Layout & Design – Motor Yacht below 500GT

The 39-metre motor yacht Sexy Fish is a beautiful vessel, constructed by the Turkish shipyard, Tansu Yachts. Interior Design: Tansu

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu Yachts. Photo credit Ercan Koca

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu Yachts. Photo credit Ercan Koca

6.  Best Interior Layout & Design – Sailing Yacht

Sybaris 70m is a stunning performance-orientated ketch by Perini Navi. Best interior layout and design in sailing yacht category went to her interior designer PH Design.

Sybaris Perini Navi

Sybaris Perini Navi

7. Best Naval Architecture – Displacement Motor Yacht

Galactica Super Nova 70m by Heesen Yachts. Naval architect: Van Oossanen & Heesen Yachts.

Galactica Super Nova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Galactica Super Nova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

 8. Best Naval Architecture – Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht

With the launch in 2016, the first SD35 motor yacht GIPSY is a beautiful 35-metre all-aluminum semi-custom vessel, built by the Genoa-based shipyard, Otam Yachts. Naval architect: Umberto Tagliavini

GIPSY - Otam Yachts

GIPSY – Otam Yachts


 9. Best Naval Architecture – Sailing Yacht

The breath-taking 85-metre sailing yacht AQUIJO (Hull Y711/Hull 3069, Project 85) by Oceanco and Vitters is a massive all-aluminium ketch-rigged vessel, with the launch in 2015.  Naval architect: Bill Tripp

AQuiJo yacht Photo by Stuart Pearce

AQuiJo yacht Photo by Stuart Pearce

10. Most Innovative Motor Yacht

Genesi 47m by Wider received the highest possible score from RINA for her class leading low levels of noise and vibration. The fantastic group of professionals and designers worked on the construction of Genesis: her Naval architecture is by Fulvio de Simoni / Wider Engineering & Sydac, interior design is by Ideaeitalia and exterior styling is a work of Fulvio de Simoni.



 11. Most Innovative Sailing Yacht

One of her innovative features includes an all-carbon versatile rig that can set a pin head main for cruising or a square-top offering more sail area for racing. My Song 39.6m by Baltic Yachts was designed by Nauta design, who also took care of her interior. Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design was responsible for the yacht’s naval architecture.

My Song by Baltic Yachts

My Song by Baltic Yachts

 12. Best Lighting Design

Lighting Specialist of Perini Navi 70m Sybaris, PH Design in collaboration with Lindsey Edelman, received the Gold Neptune Trophies for the best lighting design. More photos here.
Mega yacht SYBARIS - Master Cabin - Photo by PH Design

Mega yacht SYBARIS – Master Cabin – Photo by PH Design

13. Best Recreational Lifestyle Design Feature – Wellness Centre

 Watch the video of PLVS VLTRA 74m by Amels. Her interior designer is bespoke Winch Design.

14. Tender & Support Vessel Design

9.5 Limousine by Cockwells. Interior design: Cockwells & Exterior styling: Andrew Wolstenholme
Limousine Tender by Cockwells

Limousine Tender by Cockwells

 15. Newcomer of the Year

PH Design received the “Newcomer of the year” award for designing yacht Sybaris by Perini Navi. This is the third trophy awarded to Sybaris at the Boat International Media’s ShowBoats Design Awards 2017. 

 Luxury yacht SYBARIS - Main Saloon - Photo by PH Design

Luxury yacht SYBARIS – Main Saloon – Photo by PH Design