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A yacht is a beautiful way to expand your horizons in glorious comfort. But when that yacht is a Heesen it can be so much more. Only a Heesen yacht can take you to the destinations of your dreams by pushing the boundaries of quality, performance and design and offer the high level of luxury service you are accustomed to in your daily life. Heesen Yachts is the world leader in aluminium construction and our steel yachts consistently win major awards. Click here for more info.

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Experience, craftsmanship and innovation
Rick van de Wetering is Director of Operations at Heesen Yachts and brings to the job over 25 years of industry experience. In fact, he began his career with the Oss-based brand, fulfilling a number of managerial roles before working with other international shipyards. 

“I am excited about my return to Heesen Yachts,” says Rick. “We operate in one of the most incredible markets where no client is ever the same. That means we have to bring all our experience, craftsmanship and innovation to the table if we are to meet – and hopefully exceed – their highest expectations.”

Rick points to the rich heritage of Heesen Yachts that helps him to achieve this goal. The shipyard was a pioneer in the use of light aluminium alloy for building large yachts and the first to introduce revolutionary technical features such as the Fast Displacement Hull Form and Hull Vane. These and other innovations have resulted in ground-breaking projects that are simply beyond belief.

“We excel at building bespoke yachts between 30m and 80m that are absolutely personal to each client,” concludes Rick. “But another important part of my job is also to ensure that they thoroughly enjoy the process from concept to completion.” 

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One of the world’s leading builders of luxury superfast yachts and displacement and semidisplacement vessels in the range of 37 to 70 metres.

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  • 15 feb 2019

    Heesen is proud to present YN 18455, now christened Vida and formerly known as Project Antares.

    Launched earlier this year on 4 January, Vida is now entering the systems commissioning phase and is getting ready for sea trials.

    Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF Steel class, which features muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design is characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.

    The Owner, an experienced American yachtsman, worked closely with the shipyard’s technical team to customize his yacht. In fact, Vida has some special features to carry out her role as mothership to the owner’s sport fishing fleet, such as the ability to re-fuel and re-charge two sport fishing boats, allowing for several days out at sea without needing to return to base.

    To create the interior décor of Vida, the Owner appointed Be Design Associates from Florida with whom he had previously worked on several residential projects. The Be Design team worked on an interior architectural structure penned by Francesco Paszkowski and Margerita Casprini, and brought in a feeling of being at home away from home. The use of natural materials and finishes along with a soft and warm colour palette contribute to creating a comfortable but sophisticated ambiance.

    This is the first new-build yacht for Be Design, and they approached the project with fresh eyes while working closely with the shipyard’s interior engineers. Central to the work of Be Design and the Heesen team was the selection of materials and finishes that offer both environmental performance and long-term durability in the marine environment.

    Twelve guests are accommodated in five suites located on the lower deck and a magnificent 80-square-meter owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck. Further, a stunning backlit onyx arch in the main saloon will guarantee a wow effect when boarding Vida.

    At 55m and 740GT, Vida offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and frugal fuel consumption that gives a remarkable range of 4,500nm at 13 knots, thanks to the progressive hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects. Combining magnificent comfort with optimised efficiency throughout the speed spectrum, Heesen’s 55m FDHF steel class sets a new standard in superyacht performance.

    Vida will undergo rigorous sea trials in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in Spring 2019. She will make her official debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September after spending the summer cruising in the Mediterranean.

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