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Espen Øino’s latest design, Heesen 50m yacht sold, 55m yacht revealed – Weekly Yacht News w. 34

Espen Øino’s latest design, Heesen 50m yacht sold, 55m yacht revealed – Weekly Yacht News w. 34

Friday again! As the weeks fly by, with yachting news flying out the shipyards left and right, we’re here to make sure all our fellow yacht enthusiasts stay on top of all the latest news currently floating around the industry. 

This week has included a great deal of lanches, sea trails, and concepts hitting the water. Among them we have legendary yacht designer Espen Øino’s latest design being revealed, a stunning 50m Heesen yacht has found a new owner and a 127m superyacht concept introduced to the world.

Let’s dive in!


AKYACHT’s 85-meter explorer superyacht Victorious on sea trials

Victorious, the 85-metre explorer superyacht launched in April at the shipyard in Turkey, has undergone some sea trials and is drawing closer to delivery for every day. The yacht is also set to be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2021.

Her keel arrived in 2016 where she underwent her design, construction, and commissioning.
Onboard the superyacht is an indoor swimming pool and a 200 square meter beach club filled with a massage room, gym, and hammam. A total of 11 staterooms can accommodate up to 20 guests, including one owner’s suite, five doubles, and five twins. The vessel is operated by a crew of 21.

A blue stripe circles the hull just above the waterline of this 2,291 GT yacht’s grey hull and superstructure.

Michael Leach Design has designed the exterior of the yacht whilst Marco Yachts and AKYacht are responsible for her naval architecture. Victorious’ interior was designed by H2 Yacht Design.


Heesen’s 55m Steel Class superyacht Project Apollo revealed

Heesen’s new 55-metre Steel Class superyacht Project Apollo has begun construction, the first of its series to feature a revised design.

Heesen’s Oss facility has now laid the keel, and delivery will take place in autumn 2023. In the beginning, the shipyard started the project according to specification, which sped up the delivery process for the prospective owner.

Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects designed the Project Apollo’s “muscular” exterior lines, while Luca Dini Design and Architecture designed its elegant interior.

Fast Displacement Hull Forms improve fuel efficiency as well as stability in all sea states, adding to Project Apollo’s steel hull.

Among the yacht’s spacious six cabins is an owner’s apartment with a French balcony and walk-in wardrobes. Its sundeck, which has been extended compared to the previous 55m Steel Class yachts, includes a bar and jacuzzi.

Among the other modifications to the original design is the existence of an extra-wide central stairway and an additional companionway from the wheelhouse up to the sundeck.

As for the altered design of Project Apollo, Laupman said: “We took the opportunity to give a slightly more aggressive look to the profile, by using continuous sheets of tinted glass. The horizontal lines stretch the optical length and balance the air draft.

“The result is beautiful: we retained the family look and feel, but gave it an elegant touch.”

Heesen’s chief operating officer Friso Visser continued: “We believe in this proven design platform and have worked with Omega and Luca Dini on creating a yacht that meets the refined tastes of clients who appreciate Dutch quality with a shortened delivery time.”

She sure is a work of art and will be exciting to follow as her journey towards the ocean has already set sails. 


50m Heesen superyacht Erica sold and renamed

Previously known as superyacht Erica, the 49.8-metre renamed Toute Sweet has been sold in the Netherlands in an off-market deal by Will Christie of Christie Yachts. She was built by Heesen in 2019, and is now a part of the Heesen 50m Alu FDHF series.

With Toute Sweet being one of the Dutch builder’s most distinctive yachts ever built, her attraction on the market wasn’t cold for too long.

Toute Sweet is one of four 50-metre FDHF models, which include Home and Amare II, and sets herself apart with a metallic-grey exterior.

Her sleek exterior lines are the work of Omega Architects, while Mark Whiteley Design created her contemporary interiors. The naval architecture is from Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Toute Sweet’s outdoor living spaces are furnished entirely with custom loose furniture, and the interior has a ‘warm contemporary design.’ Its main staircase is a major focal point of the yacht.

On her three decks, she has plenty of options for dining and lounging; there is a large swim platform at the stern and an alfresco lounge for late evenings together with friends and family.


SilverYachts introduces new yacht 79.5m Silver Edge

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The Australian yard SilverYachts has just revealed their new 79.5 metre all-aluminium design Project Silver Edge, reminiscent of Silver Fast, another yacht by the yard with unique and aggressive styling.

Project Silver Edge was penned by the legendary superyacht designer Espen Øino.

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The 80m yacht design follows in the footsteps of the 85m Explorer Bold and features a winter garden, helipad, and dive centre.

The aluminum hull and superstructure of Silver Edge feature a naval architecture developed in-house and accommodations for 18 guests inside the 1030GT interior.

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Aside from the owner’s suite, there are three VIP cabins, four guest cabins, as well as accommodation for 18 crew members.

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Additionally, the main deck includes a 2.8m x 5m swimming pool, a bar, a lounge and a winter garden where guests can gather.

A beach club aft opens onto a swim deck with a movable swim platform, as well as a gym and dive center.

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During long crossings, a nine-meter guest tender can be stored on the aft deck and deployed by a concealed crane, while a seven-metre tender can be stored in the forward tender garage along with Jet Skis and wave runners.

At the same time, a four-metre certified rescue boat is stored in the foredeck hatch.


127m expedition yacht Rex with a convertible squash court and submerged Neptune lounge

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127-metre expedition yacht Rex is the latest yacht design concept to hit the market, designed by the UK-based design studio Harrison Eidsgaard. She boasts a helicopter hangar that elegantly converts into a full-sized squash concept.

Its features include a white and grey exterior with a 20-metre-wide hull, a futuristic propulsion system that adapts to future demands like hydrogen storage that comes from the client who “asked for something different”.

The yacht Rex is categorized as a premium high-end superyacht with unique features such as a dedicated helicopter hangar that can be converted into a squash court, a second helicopter landing facility, an upper-level panoramic lounge and a spacious sundeck.

Located below the helicopter hangar on the main deck, the 14-meter-long swimming pool can be enclosed with glass to create an indoor pool in colder climates. A large atrium connects the pod lounge to the Neptune lounge, two-floor gym, and spa in the 300 square metre aft lounge.

Each of the ten guest suites has its own terrace. The master suite has four private terraces, two Jacuzzis and a private gym.

An expedition vessel of 15 metres and two tenders measuring nine metres can each be accommodated in the full-beam tender garage aft.

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