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Heesen Yachts announces launch of YN 17042 motor yacht ALIVE – First motor yacht equipped with Hull Vane®

September 23, 2014

The leading Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, is thrilled to announce the launch of YN 17042 motor yacht Alive at their facility in Oss on Friday, August 29, 2014. Superyacht Alive was christened by her Owner during a private ceremony. She will undergo extensive sea trials in the North Sea later in the autumn, and will be handed over to her Owner on October 31, 2014.

YN17042 superyacht ALIVE by Heesen - Photo credit to Dick Holthuis

YN17042 superyacht ALIVE by Heesen - Photo credit to Dick Holthuis

Equipped with under water foil (technically called Hull Vane®) luxury yacht Alive represents a dramatic advancement in performance. The sub-sea wing harnesses waves to produce power; this combined with the fast displacement hull and conventional diesel engines produce remarkable results. This has been proven during independent research conducted by Van Oossanen Naval Architects at two of the world’s most respected hydrodynamic laboratories: Wolfson Unit and Marin.

Super yacht Alive is 35 per cent more efficient than any other yacht of her size and 35 per cent less power is needed to produce almost 16 knots top speed in flat sea conditions.

In seas with 1-2 metre waves, rather than hindering her performance, the yacht’s Hull Vane® technology converts the movement and generates 20 per cent more thrust and comfort is improved as the pitching is reduced by 40 per cent. Like an aircraft, as the yacht moves through water, the wing produces lift. This patented Hull Vane® technology converts this movement into thrust.

Alive superyacht allows her Owner to prioritise economy and speed. With an exceptional range of 4.000 miles, over 750 miles come free of charge thanks to her remarkably frugal fuel consumption that is 30 per cent less than on a conventional displacement yacht.

Perry van Oossanen comments: “We are delighted and proud to see that the first luxury vessel equipped with Hull Vane® is ready to sail the oceans. Heesen Yachts is proving once again to be a shipyard that dares to innovate by investing in smart technology.”

The bold exterior lines of super yacht Alive have been created by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who is also responsible for her interior design. Laupman has created a new bow design that combines a lower hull profile, and matches sea keeping behaviour with a relatively short overall length.

Alive yacht can accommodate up to twelve guests in the outdoor and indoor convivial areas. The 45 square metre open sun deck is perfect for relaxation throughout the day. The yacht boasts two large suites: the first traditionally located on the main deck forward, and the second one on the wheelhouse deck. The latter is a spectacular circular room with a centred king size bed, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and gymnasium. The central positioning of the bed allows stunning, uninterrupted views of the sea thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The 30 square metre aft terrace is equipped with a breakfast table and lounge seats, completing the functionality of the Owner’s deck.

The captain commented on the launch of M/Y Alive: “She is a wonderful vessel that combines the latest achievements in the world of technology and design. For three years we have worked closely with the team at the shipyard to build a vessel that is truly personal and created to meet the highest standards of lifestyle at sea.”

YN 17042 Yacht ALIVE Main Characteristics:

Hull type: Twin propeller motor yacht Fast Displacement Hull Form

Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts / Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Exterior Styling: Omega Architects

Interior Designer: Omega Architects

Classification: ABS ¥ A1 Yachting Service ¥  AMS Large commercial yacht code LY2

Material of Hull: Steel

Material of Superstructure: Aluminium

Length overall : 42,40 metre

Beam overall: 9,00 metre

Draft keel at full load : 2,60 metre

Displacement (approx. half load) : 354 tons

Tonnage : approx. 450 GT

Fuel capacity : 50.000 litres

Fresh water capacity : 12.000 litres

PROPULSION : Two MTU 12V 2000 M72 of 1080 kW at 2.250 rpm

Speed – maximum (at half load) : 15,9 knots

Range @ 12 knots : 4.000 NM

Number of guests: 12

Number of crew: 10 including captain

Hull and superstructure of Mulder 34m superyacht BN 100 joined together

August 01, 2014

The hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m superyacht BN 100 were successfully joined together at the facility of Mulder Shipyard in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk, the Netherlands, on July 24, 2014. Once completed, the 34m motor yacht BN 100 will represent the largest yacht ever built by Mulder Shipyard, and also their first yacht over 300 GT. The construction progress of BN100 is on schedule, and she is expected to be handed over to her owner in the Summer of 2015.

Hull and superstructure of  Mulder 34m super yacht BN100 being joined together

Hull and superstructure of Mulder 34m super yacht BN100 being joined together

The hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN100 are both built in the Netherlands and were shipped to the Mulder Shipyard in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk last week.  After the engines and generators were placed in the hull, the hull and superstructure were joined together and BN 100 was placed in the 58 metre long dry dock. The marriage was celebrated with a barbeque for all Mulder employees. This week there has been started with the piping and technical installations. A part of the  interior is already prefabricated at the in-house interior department of Mulder Shipyard.

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 from above

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 from above

Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN 100

Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN 100

British design agency Claydon Reeves is responsible for both interior and exterior design of the 34 metre custom built, steel displacement yacht and the naval architecture is the work of the Dutch Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Obviously the Mulder 34-metre yacht BN 100 will be built to superyacht standards. The Mulder has a GT from 315 tons and will be built under RINA LY3, MCA classification and Unlimited Range. She will enjoy many features that are usually only associated with far larger yachts, in both operations and design, and will surpass the highest expectations.

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 - side view

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 - side view

The Mulder 34m motoryacht BN100 has a contemporary style with classic details. The plumb bow runs aft with a gently stepped shear.  The aluminium superstructure blends subtle lines with flush glass, rising gently towards the stern.  The 34 metres long and 8 metres wide yacht accommodates eight guests in two VIP staterooms and a further two double cabins that can convert to twins – all with en-suite facilities.  The VIPs offer two distinct environments, one being full beam on the lower deck with large portholes and an outlook close to the water’s surface. The other VIP cabin forward on the main deck features a large window directly above the bed to give you a wonderful view of the stars at night. The yacht can accommodate up to seven crew members.

Mulder 34m super yacht BN100

Mulder 34m super yacht BN100

Mulder 34m Yacht BN100 - aft view

Mulder 34m Yacht BN100 - aft view

The interior of Mulder 34m yacht BN100 welcomes you on the main deck aft with the main saloon enclosed by full height opening glass panels so you never feel completely separated from the water. On both sides of the dining room there is full height glass to maximize natural light in this area. In order to add a further 50% of external space to the dining room, the glass windows on the starboard side can open leading to a balcony folding down from the bulwark. This ensures a spectacular view during dining.

Below is a video showing the joining of hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN 100:

Technical Specifications of Mulder 34m superyacht BN100:

Length over all 34.00 metres

Beam over all 8.00 metres

Draft 2.15 metres

GT 315 tons

Hull Steel

Superstructure Aluminium

Classification RINA LY3, Unrestricted range, MCA

Range Transatlantic

Exterior design Claydon Reeves

Interior design Claydon Reeves

Naval architect Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Engines Caterpillar C18 500kW @ 2.100RPM

Maximum speed  13 knots

Accommodation Sleeping 8 guests in 4 state rooms

Crew 7 members

Sea lounge 60 sq/m

Dining room 24 sq/m

Sun deck + Jacuzzi  75 sq/m

Master Stateroom 1  32 sq/m

Master Stateroom 2 28 sq/m

Guest cabin 2 x 11 sq/m

Crew area 42 sq/m

Lazarette (toys & tenders) 32 sq/m

Eight new yachts on offer at Merrill-Stevens Yachts

July 09, 2014

Eight new yachts from the top European designers – Espen Oeino, Hot Lab, Rolls-Royce Marine, Omega and Vripack – are currently on offer from RMK Marine’s award-winning shipyard. The yachts will be constructed to U.S. specifications and delivered at RMK Merrill-Stevens shipyard in Miami.

85m (280’) mega yacht NVC 85Y designed and powered by Rolls-Royce Marine

85m (280’) mega yacht NVC 85Y designed and powered by Rolls-Royce Marine

“It’s a new chapter in American yachting,” states Paul Madden, head of new construction at Merrill Stevens Yachts. “Now you can have your European built mega-yacht, with U.S. specs, delivered to you in Miami where the warranty and ongoing service is provided by America’s oldest and most respected yacht company.”

RMK4800 Yacht designed Espen Oeino

RMK4800 Yacht designed Espen Oeino

RMK4900 Yacht designed by Omega Architects

RMK4900 Yacht designed by Omega Architects

The portfolio of new build mega-yachts spans from the 85-meter (280’) superyacht NVC 85Y, designed and powered by Rolls-Royce Marine, down to a very practical 110’ Vripack Explorer yacht (which is part of a Vripack-designed award-wining Explorer series that goes up to 175’). Both Espen Oeino and Omega Architects have created yachts that share a new 49-meter Fast Displacement Hull which is a patented new hull form designed by Van Oossanen & Assoc. and used by Heesen.

RMK5000 Yacht designed by Hot Lab

RMK5000 Yacht designed by Hot Lab

Italian design house, Hot Lab, has delivered an innovative design for the RMK 5000 Explorer yacht. The 164-foot mega-yacht features an ice-class hull with either diesel or electric propulsion packages for long-range cruising. The Luxury Explorer’s aft deck features a helipad and room to stow a 30- foot tender, a submarine, a hovercraft, personal watercraft, and diving equipment.

RMK Explorer 120 Yacht designed by Vripack

RMK Explorer 120 Yacht designed by Vripack

RMK Explorer 175 Yacht designed by Vripack

RMK Explorer 175 Yacht designed by Vripack

“Our clients can spec out their yacht, and even select interior marble, fabrics and furnishings right in our Miami new build center,” comments Paul Madden, who has also represented Blohm+Voss and CRN Ancona. “We conference directly with the shipyard’s naval architects and project managers via Skype and can watch the vessel being built in real-time on an I-Pad. This is the new way to get the best of both worlds – a European build with a reliable U.S. shipyard overseeing everything.”

Heesen Yachts announces delivery of YN 16650 superyacht MONACO WOLF

June 12, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that on June 2, 2014, superyacht Monaco Wolf (Project Azuro, YN 16650) was handed over to her Owners, following intensive sea trials in the North Sea. Run by the latest MTU engines, 16V 4000 M73L, luxury motor yacht Monaco Wolf, with her well-engineered all-aluminium semi-displacement hull, exceeded the contractual speed by 0,4 knots, with very low levels of noise as well as vibrations.

Heesen super yacht MONACO WOLF (YN16650) - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Heesen super yacht MONACO WOLF (YN 16650) - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Luxury yacht Monaco Wolf’s highly distinctive flowing lines are designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and embody the Heesen family look and feel with its iconic reverse sheer ‘pelican beak’ bow. Her elegant interior design has been created by acclaimed Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski.

Owner’s Representative Howard Lowe from Royale Oceanic commented: “During the first day of sea trials we had the chance to test the vessel in moderate weather conditions with wind force 3 / 4 and waves around 1 metre. We met all requirements and the yacht performed well. M/Y Monaco Wolf is now ready to be extensively used and enjoyed during the summer season in the Med.”

This positive result was possible thanks to the efficient team work between the well-established Heesen shipyard working group and the Owner’s team who strenuously worked together to deliver to the Owner and his family a vessel that will exceed their expectations.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” commented Rupert Nelson, Sales Director for Burgess in Monaco. “From contract signing in early February, to delivery on June 2, in just four short months this experienced Owner will be enjoying his new yacht! This is a fitting testimony to Heesen shipyard’s continued commitment to providing pedigree yachts with reduced delivery times that the current market seems addicted to.”

Specifications of Heesen superyacht Monaco Wolf (Project Azuro, YN 16650)

Hull type: Twin propeller, hard chine,
semi-displacement
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen / Heesen Yachts
Exterior Styling: Omega Architects
Interior Designer: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Classification: ABS A1 Yachting Service AMS
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Hull: Aluminium
Superstructure: Aluminium

DIMENSIONS
Length over all: 49,80m / 163ft 4in
Beam over all: 9,00m / 29ft 6in
Draft: 2,50m / 8ft 2in
Displacement (50% load): 313 tons

ACCOMMODATION
Guests: 12
Cabins: Full-beam master suite and study, full-beam VIP cabin, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Maximum speed (50% load): 23 knots
Range at 11 knots: 3.100Nm
Fuel capacity: 68.800 litres / 18.200 US Gallons
Fresh water: 16.200 litres / 4.300 US Gallons

PROPULSION DETAILS

Main engines: 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73L
Maximum power: 2 x 2.880kW
Gearbox: 2 x ZF 9055A
Engine control: MTU Blue Vision
Propellers: Schaffran, five blade
fixed pitch ø 1.500mm
Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak
Power: 2 x 99kW
Bowthruster: ZF Marine, 90kW, hydraulically driven
Steering system: Sperry Marine Systems
Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, model 720 with 2 fins of approx. 3,5m², zero speed

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Heesen.

International recognition for super yacht GALACTICA STAR featuring Van Oossanen’s Fast Displacement Hull Form

May 23, 2014

Super yacht ‘Galactica Star’, the first vessel fitted with Van Oossanen‘s Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), was honoured with the 2014 World Superyacht Award in the ‘Best High-Speed Yacht over 45 meters’ category, handed over on May 3. The jury stated that the award was granted because of motor yacht Galactica Star’s “technically innovative ‘FDHF’ (Fast Displacement Hull Form) design, developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects”.

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Ceremony - Photo credits to Mark Sims, Superyacht Media

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Ceremony - Photo credits to Mark Sims, Superyacht Media

FDHF
Van Oossanen started the development of this new type of hull form in 2009. This was driven by their passion to develop vessels that are highly efficient both at lower cruising speeds and at high speeds. This resulted in a hull form that, compared to a hard-chine hull form, is 30% more efficient at cruising speeds and 15% more efficient at high speeds. In comparison to traditional round-bilge hull forms, significant improvements were also obtained both at cruising speeds and at higher speeds. Model tests confirmed these results and, in addition, revealed that a hard-chine hull form is only more efficient than the FDHF counterpart at fully planing speeds.

This hull form was called the ‘Fast Displacement Hull Form’ because the hull does not rely on the development of hydrodynamic lift for efficiency, but stays in displacement mode, also at high speeds. When the impact of these results became clear, Van Oossanen applied for, and obtained, a patent on the innovative elements of the design.

CFD analyses for the Fast Displacement Hull Form

CFD analyses for the Fast Displacement Hull Form

The development of the FDHF hull form was only just finalized when Heesen Yachts commissioned Van Oossanen to carry out the naval architecture design work for the ‘Galactica Star’ superyacht project. After a first concept study the benefits of the FDHF for this project, for which a minimum speed of 27 knots was required, became apparent and the first application of the FDHF was a fact. At this moment in time there are 12 further yachts based on the FDHF under construction, at 4 different yards across Europe.

World Superyacht Awards
The World Super Yacht Awards Gala took place on Saturday 3 May, in Amsterdam. The award ceremony was organized by Boat International Media and the awarded prizes are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the super yacht industry. The exterior design of superyacht Galactica Star, by Omega Architects, and the interior design, by Bannenberg and Rowell, were also given special attention by the jury.

Luxury motor yacht Galactica Star

Luxury motor yacht Galactica Star

Van Oossanen Naval Architects
Van Oossanen Naval Architects are specialized in the design of high-performance sail- and motor yachts, and merchant ships. One of their specific areas of expertise is the hydrodynamic optimization of these designs.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA STAR awarded ‘Best Design of the Year’ at Asia Boating Awards 2014

May 21, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that on Friday, May 9, 2014, their revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Hull Form superyacht Galactica Star was awarded as the ‘Best Yacht Design of the Year’ in the 10th edition of the Asia Boating Awards.

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

The ceremony took place in Hong Kong at the spectacular Icon Hotel where Ms ZZ Phang from Pen Marine, Heesen Agent for Southeast Asia, received the award on behalf of the Owners of the yacht and Heesen shipyard.

Ms Phang comments: “Asia Boating Awards is the region’s most established and respected event of its kind. This year sees awards in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. Galactica Star won the most prestigious award of all the 21 categories! I am truly honoured to have had the chance to receive this accolade on behalf of the Owners and the shipyard that built this magnificent vessel. It is now the seventh prize that Galactica Star has won and I am so proud to be part of this incredible success!”

Galactica Star yacht’s revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that is 30 per cent more efficient than any other ever tested, has been devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen in-house naval architects. Her distinctive exterior lines are by the ingenious pencil of Frank Laupman from Omega Architects while the striking, dramatic interior is by famous Bannenberg and Rowell design studio. A top speed of over 28 knots but using 20 per cent less fuel than conventional yachts, a range of 4.200 nautical miles at 14 knots are just some of the impressive figures that make this vessel an award-winning yacht!

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

Update on construction of Mulder 34m motor yacht BN 100

May 14, 2014

The building of the all-new 34m motor yacht BN 100 is progressing very well and fully on schedule at the Mulder shipyard in the Netherlands. The hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m superyacht BN 100, which will be the largest Mulder built so far, are expected to be delivered to the shipyard in Zoeterwoude in late July 2014.

Rendering of the 34m Mulder Superyacht BN 100

Rendering of the 34m Mulder superyacht BN 100

First the engines and generators will be placed in the hull, after that the hull and superstructure will be joined together. British design agency Claydon Reeves will be responsible for both interior and exterior design of the custom built and steel displacement yacht BN 100 and the naval architecture will be the work of the Dutch Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

The 34m Mulder superyacht BN 100 is a voluminous yacht with a gross tonnage of 315 tons and will be built under RINA LY3 and MCA classification. The BN 100 yacht is expected to be delivered in the summer of 2015.

Heesen announces launch of fully custom 51m motor yacht ‘MY SKY’ (YN 16551)

May 09, 2014

The premier Dutch shipyard, Heesen, is excited to announce that the all-new YN 16551 motor yacht ‘My Sky’ was launched at their facility in Oss on January 31, 2014. Superyacht ‘My Sky’ is scheduled for delivery to her Owners in November 2014, following her intensive sea trials in the North Sea.

Heesen YN 16551 superyacht MY SKY - Photo credit to Dick Holthuis

Heesen YN 16551 superyacht MY SKY (Project Paloma) - Photo credit to Dick Holthuis

Luxury yacht ‘My Sky’ is a 51m full displacement long range motor yacht of 600GT with a range of 5.400Nm at 10 knots. Her bold but sleek exterior is due to Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Flush mounted tinted windows thermo bonded to the superstructure create a continuous wall of glass that gives this vessel a very distinctive look.

World renowned architect Erick van Egeraat designed the ultra-contemporary, sharp and sophisticated interior of ‘My Sky’ superyacht. Emphasizing a strong contrast between dark and light throughout the yacht, a homogenous and luxurious atmosphere is created; combining crisp white leather with dark high-gloss Makassar wood and showing beautiful natural stone inlay patterns of spectacularly patterned back-lit white onyx into a black marble base.

Luxury yacht MY SKY - Interior

Luxury yacht MY SKY - Saloon - Image credit to Erik van Egeraat

My Sky yacht accommodates 12 guests in five cabins. The spacious full beam master suite is located on the main deck forward and boasts a large bathroom including a full natural stone clad steam shower and a spacious walk-in closet. The four guest cabins are located on the lower deck.

Motor yacht MY SKY - Lounge

Motor yacht MY SKY - Lounge - Image credit to Erik van Egeraat

Guests will enjoy life at sea in five different areas: The main saloon aft, with its large circular dining, lounge and bar area with a 6m2 LED screen, connects to the main deck aft, which organizes built-in settees and seats around two low coffee tables. The upper deck lounge, with its 270 degrees view and circular seating area, opens onto the aft terrace, accommodating a large dining table ideal for al fresco dining, even under way. Finally, the Sundeck’s large Spa Pool, surrounded by sun-pads to aft, is perfect for total relaxation.

YN 16551 Yacht MY SKY - Lounge

YN 16551 Yacht MY SKY - Lounge - Image credit to Erik van Egeraat

As for the touch-and-go helicopter pad at the bridge, it turns into a large sun terrace providing secluded lounging even when My Sky yacht is docked stern into the marinas.

Below is a time lapse video showing the launch of luxury yacht ‘My Sky’:

Technical Specifications of Heesen YN 16551 superyacht ‘My Sky’:

GENERAL
Hull type: Twin propeller, round bilge, displacement
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen / Heesen Yachts
Exterior Styling: Omega Architects
Interior Design: Erik van Egeraat
Classifi cation: Lloyds  100A1 SSC YACHT G6  LMC
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Hull: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium

ACCOMMODATION
Guests: 12
Cabins: Full-beam Owner’s stateroom on main deck Two double cabins and two twin cabins with Pullman berths

DIMENSIONS
Length over all: 51,10m / 167ft 8in
Beam over all: 9,60m / 31ft 6in
Draft: 3,25m / 10ft 8in
Displacement (50% load): 529 tons

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Maximum speed (50% load): 15,6 knots
Range at 12 knots: 3.200Nm
Fuel capacity: 80.000 litres / 21.130 US Gallons
Fresh water: 20.000 litres / 5.280 US Gallons

PROPULSION DETAILS
Main engines: 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M53
Maximum power: 2 x 1.380kW
Gearbox: 2 x ZF 7640
Engine control: MTU Blue Vision, three control stands
Propellers: Scha ran fi ve blade fi xed pitch ø1.700mm
Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak, each 150kW
Emergency generators: 1 x Kilo-Pak, emergency 67,5kW
Bowthruster: HRP 110kW, electrically driven
Steering system: Sperry Marine Systems
Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, model 820 with 4,17 m2 fi ns, zero speed

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

65m Heesen Fast Displacement Yacht GALACTICA STAR awarded at World Superyacht Awards 2014

May 06, 2014

Heesen is thrilled to announce that on May 3, 2014 the ground-breaking 65m Fast Displacement yacht Galactica Star won the coveted Neptune Trophy in the category ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Three-deck motor yacht of 45-metre and above‘ at the prominent World Superyacht Awards, the Oscars of the superyacht industry.

65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star

65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star

This prestigious event, making its debut in the Netherlands, was held at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam where the industry leaders, designers, and superyacht owners gathered to celebrate the finest yachts of the year.

Motor yacht Galactica Star was chosen by the judges, who are all super yacht owners, as winner in this very competitive category for her unique ability to operate both in the displacement and semi-displacement modes.

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Galactica Star

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Galactica Star

Mark Cavendish, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts, comments: “At Heesen we are very proud of this important recognition. First of all I would like to thank the Owners of Galactica Star: Without their vision and quest for technical innovation none of this would have been possible; and of course van Oossanen Naval Architects who devised the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that allows Galactica Star to be 30% more efficient than any other displacement hull of her size; Frank Laupman, who designed the beautiful exterior lines; Bannenberg and Rowell for the rich and elegant interior; and last but not least all the women and men at Heesen shipyard who worked so strenuously to deliver a vessel that is close to perfection. This Neptune trophy is for you all!”

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Heesen.

Superyacht GALACTICA STAR and CRAZY ME Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen nominated for World Superyacht Award 2014

May 02, 2014

Two luxury yachts with naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects have been nominated for the 9th annual World Superyacht Awards: superyacht GALACTICA STAR and CRAZY ME yacht. The winners will be unveiled in Amsterdam on May 3, 2014.

Galactica Star Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galactica Star Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen - Photo by Jeff Brown

The breath-taking 2013 motor yacht GALACTICA STAR (Project Omnia, YN 16465) is a 65-metre Fast Displacement (FDHF) superyacht concept vessel, built by Heesen Yachts to a design by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects. She can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 stylish cabins and has a crew of 13. Among special features of this beauty belongs a sauna, hammam, as well as a large sunbathing area, which can be transformed into a touch-and-go heli-deck.

50m superyacht Crazy Me - Photo by Dick Holthuis

50m superyacht Crazy Me - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Launched by Heesen Yachts in 2013, the 50-metre superyacht CRAZY ME (YN 16250) is an outstanding twin propeller hard chine semi-displacement vessel, with exterior styling by Gary Grant Design and interior design by Cristiano Gatto. She offers elegant and comfortable accommodation to up to 12 guests in 6 beautifully appointed staterooms, including a spacious Owner’s suite, a VIP cabin, as well as 4 double guest cabins. The sundeck is fitted with a huge custom glass-bottomed pool.

The impressive shortlist of World Superyacht Awards 2014 finalists includes 62 of the finest new build superyachts delivered in 2013. The winners of the World Superyacht Awards will receive a highly coveted Neptune trophy during a gala evening and prize giving ceremony attended by an international audience of superyacht owners and influential players in the superyacht industry.