Heesen Yachts is located in Oss, Netherlands. Heesen Shipyards has the distinction of being the first Dutch builder to construct aluminum hulls for yachts. Adding to firsts, a Heesen/Diaship yacht was the first megayacht to surpass 50 knots. Heesen also has the distinction of building the four fastest megayachts. Unique lines, combined with high tech and traditional craftsmanship, characterize the Heesen yacht fleet. From 115 feet to 213 feet in length, Heesen builds displacement, semi-displacement, and performance styled yachts. Heesen was founded in 1978, when Frans Heesen bought the shipyard in Oss, Netherlands. Originally purchased to accommodate his plastics company, he was persuaded to let boat-building operations continue around the shipyard. Soon thereafter, the yard was commissioned to build 4 aluminum yachts, which marked the start of an unprecedented growth period for Heesen. Since then, the yard has produced more than 100 yachts, with many of them being among the most notable yachts afloat, including “Octopussy”, which was a break through for Heesen and the yachting community when this megayacht surpassed 50 knots. Built in accordance with the latest nautical thinking, equipped with state-of-the-art control, navigation and communications technology, fitted with powerful, safe engines, and furnished with every conceivable luxury and comfort, each yacht gives new meaning to the concept of 'custom-built'. No two yachts from Heesen Yachts are alike. Each ship is the realization of a private dream. And it is in the realization of those dreams that the shipyard finds its ongoing challenge
The 2015 Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) kicked off this morning and one of the first press conferences of the show came from Dutch builder Heesen Yachts and it was about their Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) superyacht Project 'Nova'. Of course Nova is not the first vessel to use the FDHF concept as in 2013 "Galactica Star" debuted the hull form. Since then, yachts like 42-meter steel hull "Alive", 50-meter aluminium hull "Sibelle", and the steel 55-meter "Azamanta" launched and delivered utilizing the same FDHF. Project Nova is a bit different on the performance front than the first hull of the concept -Galactica Star-.
This handsome, aerodynamic hunk, this Man of Steel, he is for real! No make-believe comic book superman caroming off our page; though it’s been sideswiped in the past with a few alterations. Now, a traffic-stopping, steel-hulled specimen crowns Heesen’s art of yacht design. One of the most spectacular images in yachting; we are struck by swooping creativity as She springs into the scene. But wait... (She? Man of...?). Okay, this is too easy: Sure, all yachts are called she, but you name your yacht anything you like; and this stalwart specimen is owned by one genuine guy, who happens to be in the steel industry – (oh, darn, where have all the Superheroes gone?). Steel, of course, plays a major leading roll in this entire drama; her hull and everywhere else. Actually, it’s his second mega-yacht. ‘Nuf said. This yacht, named after a comic book legend, must be a figment of your imagination. But quickly, as the tour unfolds, your rhapsodic perception becomes absorbed into its storybook world.
Identified as one of the most respected names in worldwide yachting, Heesen has become a proven leader in concept, style, and execution... with 129 yachts delivered since 1978. Its latest introduction adheres to that repute, with four elegant decks of custom design, yet sparkling with the capricious whim of its owner. For example, the Sirocco is actually an intense, desiccating south wind that blows up from the Sahara Desert; parched, torrid, a cosmos unto itself, affecting everything in its considerable path. Sirocco’s owner, in deference to that wind’s great power, has named this sleek, waterborne beauty and designed her interior to reflect an anhydrous African heritage. While her grand exterior design identifies her most definitely as a 21st Century luxury ocean yacht, her innermost secrets reveal a tactile African connection; sporting makassar wood, natural stone, leather, marble and wooden floors, all swathed in sultry earth tones.
A long-time advisory for setting sail on any size yacht is: “Weather Permitting.” When Yalla’s skipper, Captain James Hurley checked, the low pressure area – a storm condition on the other side of the English Channel – was supposed to stay there. But we boaters all know, down deep, at some time or another Ol’ Man Weather is just yanking our anchor chains, ready to pounce.
BILMAR MAKES THE GAMES Heesen’s first launch of the year 2004, the 144’ (43.90 meter) yacht will be going to the Olympic Games. Bilmar, launched on February 6th, 2004 and owned by a prominent Greek businessman, will host the VIPs attending the Games. Visitors to the yacht will celebrate in splendor aboard this magnificent vessel. Bilmar, with her flag blue hull, is a full aluminum, semi displacement twin screw motor yacht. She was designed by the Heesen Yachts Design Team and Omega Architects. Her interior was designed by Veta Tsoukala and the owner. On her initial sea trial, she achieved speeds of 29.2 knots with 2 X MTU 16V4000 M90 Engines. Here Bilmar is seen competing in the 44 meter freestyle event... ;)
Dutch builder Heesen revealed a new project recently. It was unveiled at the recently concluded Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) as Project 'Cayman' not to be confused with Caiman. The project perhaps is called Cayman because it takes inspiration from the Caribbean for its cool blue waters, white sandy beaches and generally laid-back vibes. This philosophy is seen echoed on the interior of Project Cayman with the textures, colours and type of furniture utilized.
Heesen has delivered their flagship superyacht, the 70-meter "Galactica Super Nova". She appears very similar to their previous flagship, "Galactica Star". Design is by Espen Oeino with an interior by Sinot Yacht Design. Galactica Super Nova was built under project name ‘Kometa’with an all-aluminium construction to the patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF).