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Heesen Superyachts BookEnds (ex. Project Ruya) and Home in Hellevoetsluis

June 12, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Heesen Yachts announced last week that their new superyacht Project Ruya had been given a new name and is now known as BookEnds. She was photographed together with superyacht Home, launched by Heesen just a few month ago. 

Superyachts BookEnds and Home. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Superyachts BookEnds and Home. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

BookEnds boasts sleek and elegant profile drawn by Omega Architects. Her interior is by Bannenberg and Rowell. Among her great features, there are an 85-sqm sundeck, large swim platform and a spacious garage for water toys and tenders. BookEnds was designed to accommodate 12 guests in 5 well-appointed staterooms.

Superyacht BookEnds. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Superyacht BookEnds. Photo credit Dick Holthuis

Motor yacht Home is a slightly larger yacht that BookEnds, and measures 49.8 metres. She features the famous FDHF and a hybrid propulsion system, designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Her beautiful exterior design is by Omega Architects, and the interior design is by Cristiano Gatto. Home is a family-friendly superyacht, which resembles a luxury beach villa style in terms of her layout. Her interior decor is minimalistic, with plenty of natural light and modern finishing, She can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins. Luxury motor yacht Home can reach a top speed of 15 knots and cruises comfortably at a speed of 12 knots.

Both superyachts are yet to be delivered to their owners. You can find out more about Heesen yachts here.

Heesen Superyacht Project Antares Sold

May 09, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Great news comes from Heesen Yachts, as they commission the new 55m superyacht Project Antares to an American client. Also known as Hull Y18455, Project Antares is another Heesen luxury yacht, which takes advantage of the expert knowledge of the leading designers and engineers. Sharp lines and masculine looks were created by Omega Architects, while the leading superyacht designer Francesco Paszkowski developed an elegant interior design concept for this luxury vessel. Project Antares will boast a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Heesen Yachts Project Antares

Heesen Yachts Project Antares

Motor yacht Project Antares will accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins. Her accommodation layout consists of two full-beam VIP staterooms, two double cabins and the outstanding owner’s apartment of a very generous size.

Project Antares is being built for Heesen’s client, how is very much fond of sportfishing. The idea being Project Antares’s design is to use her as a mothership to the owner’s fishing boat. One or two sportfishing boats can be charged and fueled from superyacht Project Antares.

Francesco Paszkowski commented:

“The style we have created in collaboration with Margherita Casprini for this new Heesen 55 metre couples the aesthetics of the most contemporary Italian design with the ingenious engineering typical of this Dutch shipyard.”


Project Antares is scheduled for delivery in November 2018.

Heesen Yachts is one of the leading shipbuilders in the world, for whom 2017 has been a very busy year so far. Heesen 50m superyacht Home was launched less than a month ago. In March 2017 Heesen sold Project Alida, which is expected to be launched this summer. Unveiled in early March, Project Maia is currently under construction as well and is due for completion in 2018.
While this project is underway, you can find out more about Heesen Yachts here and view a selection of their yachts available for charter here.

Icon Yachts Reveal Details on the new superyacht “The Gotham Project”

March 30, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

In late 2016, Icon Yachts unveiled the new superyacht concept “The Gotham Project” that caught the attention of many with her impressive Batman-like exterior design. As the project is now under construction at Icon Yachts, the shipbuilder has revealed further information, this time, specifically on the interior design.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project

The new 46-metre aluminium superyacht was designed by ER Yacht Design in collaboration with Ivan Erdevicki, who also developed the interior spaces design and layout. Naval architecture of the Project Gotham is a work of Icon Yachts and Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project - exterior - aft

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project – exterior – aft

As for the interior decor, the first renderings unveiled illustrate some opulent materials, luxurious fabrics and some dark wood and onyx tones contrasting with crisp beige and white colours.

The Gotham Project - interior

The Gotham Project – interior

The Gotham Project - interior decor

The Gotham Project – interior decor

The team of outstanding designers and naval architects aim to deliver outstanding performance that would match the striking looks of the Gotham Project. With a pair of 2000hp MTU engines, this superyacht will be able to reach a top speed of 26 knots.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project - aft

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project – aft

The Gotham Project will provide accommodation for ten guests, assisted by a crew of 10. Accommodation layout will be based on five guest cabins and five crew cabins. Not only the new yacht will stand out with her aggressive design and seaworthiness, but she will also provide a welcoming atmosphere on board and a large number of luxury amenities: custom glass wine cellar, gymnasium and symmetrical entertainment areas.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project - bow

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project – bow

The Gotham Project is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2019.

60m Luxury Superyacht SAMURAI Hits Water at Alia Yachts in Turkey

April 14, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Exciting news has been released by the Alia Yachts shipyard in Turkey, where the yard has launched the new 60m luxury superyacht SAMURAI. The vessel was designed by the renowned naval architecture studio Van Oossanen, with exterior lines by Omega Architects and bespoke interiors by Redman Whiteley Dixon.

60m SAMURAI Superyacht launched by ALIA YACHTS

60m SAMURAI Superyacht launched by ALIA YACHTS

SAMURAI boasts strong horizontal lines and an organic evolution of the wheelhouse deck superstructure into the aft overhang of the main deck, creating a pleasant appearance and striking overall look.

Alia Yachts 60m SAMURAI

Alia Yachts 60m SAMURAI

Unique in her engineering and performance, the new ALIA 60 is based upon the innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. The FDHF allows the vessel to reach previously unmatched efficiency throughout the power curve while providing her with a maximum speed of 21 knots.

SAMURAI at launch

SAMURAI at launch

SAMURAI is a high-volume and sophisticated vessel with powerful interior styling, with vast spaces for her owner and guests to enjoy. The vast interior volume is a direct result of diligent research, expertise and a committed team whose determination was to create spaces that are both functional and flexible at the same time. Amongst the main highlights of SAMURAI is her fantastic indoor and outdoor flow, resulting in appealing and refreshing spaces.

The layout is just as innovative, with guest accommodation and a spacious master suite all situated on the main deck, together with the main saloon and dining area. This arrangement creates an ambience reminiscent of a contemporary luxury residence. The owners’ and guest accommodation have been placed forward on the main deck, with all the guest suites benefiting from full height windows, allowing for plenty of light to penetrate the interior areas and provide fabulous views.

The main saloon also offers fantastic panoramic views, thanks to the use of full-height windows that wrap around the saloon, as well as the well-detailed glass bulwarks at the side. Comparable intricate detailing has been completed for all the overhang aft railing on the rest of the decks.

The lower deck features the crew quarters, including crew accommodation, main galley and storage forward, in addition to the engine room and the tender garage aft. The elegant beach club at sea level together with a fully-equipped gymnasium have been designed for optimal access to the water activities, relaxation and fitness training, each maintaining the same high levels of comfort and flexibility, as found throughout the rest of the vessel.

The new 60-metre SAMURAI by Alia Yachts offers a great selection of luxury amenities on board, including a custom-built 7-metre Smuggler tender, as well as a 6,3-metre Smuggler tender. She has been fitted with two MTU 16V4000 M73L engines of 2,880 kW each, allowing her to reach a maximum speed of 21 knows and a range of 4,250 nautical miles.

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.


Mulder Shipyard begins construction of 36m Superyacht – Their Largest Project to Date

February 19, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Mulder Shipyard has announced the start of the construction of their largest to date superyacht – the 36-metre motor yacht. The new project represents the second project built to the exacting new LY3 standard and an important milestone for this Dutch shipyard. Their latest launches and deliveries to date include the 28,65m Mulder Voyager FIREFLY and the 34-metre custom constructed SOLIS from 2015.

Mulder 36 M due for completion in 2017

Mulder 36 M due for completion in 2017

“The basic concept behind this exciting new yacht is to make the most out of a volume not exceeding 300 GT,” explains yard director Dick Mulder. “This will open up excellent possibilities for both private use and chartering, with the possibility of having a relatively small crew on board when the owners are onboard.”

This striking fast displacement vessel will be constructed with full RINA MCA LY3 certification and have a transatlantic range. “She will be fitted with many features normally associated with far larger yachts in terms of both operation and design,” adds Mulder. “Special features will include a large William Dieseljet 625 tender, a beach club, two Jet Skis, a large whirlpool bathtub and plenty of sun pads. We are convinced that the end result will be truly exceptional for this size of yacht.”
Thanks to its previously successful partnership on an earlier constructions, Mulder Shipyard recommended to the customer that Claydon Reeves Design and International Yacht Register serve as owners’ representative. Van Oossanen are responsible for the naval architecture, ensuring the finest cruising characteristics.

“We enjoyed working closely with Mulder Shipyard during the fast-paced design and build development of Solis,” says Mike Reeves from Claydon Reeves Design. “We share similar values and aim to achieve a high-quality, authentic product. As a result, the new 36-metre yacht will be practical, finely detailed and have a wide appeal.”

“The quality and workmanship of Mulder Yachts speak for itself,” states Stephen White from International Yacht Register. “We look forward to working with all parties to build on that success and help the latest build surpass expectations. Mulder Shipyard is certainly on the move and we are delighted to be associated with them.”

The new 36-metre superyacht will boasts an elegant and discerning modern exterior with a sleek aluminium construction and a continuous window line which finishing in a contemporary plumb bow. The design will boasts the Van Oossanen patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) to ensure comfortable sailing and fuel economy at all speeds. This will not compromise performance as the twin 847 kW engines will ensure a maximum speed of 17 knots.

A full beam design will allow the volume and privacy in the owners’ area to be maximised. The slender, fluid design will go against the current fashion of ballooning beams, as the hull will measure no more than eight metres at its widest point. The slender hull and long waterline will together ensure outstanding seakeeping capacities in rough seas, enhancing comfort for owner and guests alike.

Five spacious cabins on board will accommodate up to ten guests. The exceptional features of the full beam master suite will be heightened by dedicated access to a private seating area in the bow – a tranquil nook from which to contemplate the horizon. An impressive saloon, dining room and bar area will be located on the main deck, with floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic views all around whilst also flooding the interior with lots of natural light. The dining experience will be enhanced by the addition of a folding side balcony, which will bring seascape panoramas right to the table.

Further entertainment space can be found outside the saloon, where the large outdoor cockpit area will provide plenty of shaded al fresco seating and dining possibilities. The flybridge/sun deck above the beach club will include generous seating, lots of sun pads, a whirlpool bathtub with room for eight and a comfy dining place – a perfect backdrop to relaxing, sunbathing and socialising.

For those who wish to be closer to the water, the 36-metre design will incorporate a beach club that is substantially larger than what one would normally expect on a yacht of this size, with further seating and a small day head.

The new Mulder 36-metre motoryacht is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.

AZAMANTA by Heesen – The world’s first fast displacement steel yacht over 50m

January 18, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Delivered to her Owners in July 2015, the brand new AZAMANTA represents the world’s first fast displacement steel yacht over 50 meters. The result of an excellent collaboration between Heesen Yachts and Van Oossanen Naval Architects, AZAMANTA boasts a striking exterior design by Omega Architects, featuring a golden color scheme and an ice-reinforced steel hull. Take a look at this beauty in the video below, made by ‘perfect’.

Sinot Design was responsible for the interior design, reflecting modern art in a metropolitan manner. The 55-metre AZAMANTA can easily sleep 12 guests aboard, providing them with pure luxury and comfort. The owner has a private section in his suite with a six top dining table for private dinners.

More charter yachts built by Heesen Yachts.

NEW 34m Superyacht SOLIS by Mulder Shipyard among ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 Finalists

January 04, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Mulder Shipyard, Claydon Reeves and Van Oossanen Naval Architects are excited to announce that the new 34-metre superyacht SOLIS has been nominated for the ShowBoats Design Award 2016. She is a finalist in four categories: Exterior Design & Styling, Interior Design, Holistic Design and Naval Architecture. The winners of the prestigious awards will be unveiled in Kitzbühel, Austria on February 22, 2016. In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful photos of this brand new vessel, released by the shipyard.

34m SOLIS - The largest yacht ever launched by Mulder Shipyard

34m SOLIS – The largest yacht ever launched by Mulder Shipyard

SOLIS underway

SOLIS underway

SOLIS from above

SOLIS from above

SOLIS - Exterior

SOLIS – Exterior

Aboard SOLIS by Mulder Shipyard

Aboard SOLIS by Mulder Shipyard

SOLIS - Wheelhouse

SOLIS – Wheelhouse

SOLIS - Saloon

SOLIS – Saloon

SOLIS - Dining

SOLIS – Dining

SOLIS - Owners Cabin

SOLIS – Owners Cabin

SOLIS - Twin Cabin

SOLIS – Twin Cabin

SOLIS - Bathroom

SOLIS – Bathroom

NEW 41m Superyacht Rüya by Alia Yachts

December 07, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Turkish shipyard, Alia Yachts, successfully launched their latest striking superyacht Rüya in July 2015. The brand new 41-metre Rüya has been entirely designed by acclaimed Sam Sorgiovanni, with naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. She is one of the finalists for the prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards 2016. The video below by Alia Yachts and Breed Media shows this beauty. 

Spreading over three amazing decks, Rüya can sleep up to 10 guests in supreme comfort. She offers 5 luxuriously appointed cabins, with two additional Pullmans. There is a lavish master suite on the main deck, as well as two double and two twin VIP guest staterooms, all positioned on the lower deck.

More charter yachts built by Alia Yachts.