Heesen has announced the keel laying of YN 20750, Project Orion. The important milestone took place on September 14 at the Oss shipyard, witnessed by the ABS surveyor.
The exterior was penned by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. This series boasts a striking profile with a near-vertical bow and large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Italian designer Cristiano Gatto has created a contemporary interior design, making the most out of bright internal spaces, floodlit with natural light, that offer views of the surrounding seascape thanks to open bulwarks. The six-stateroom layout, with the master on the main deck forward, a full beam VIP, and two double and two twin staterooms on the lower deck, make this yacht ideal for both private and charter use.
At 50 meters overall, with a shallow draft and a sub-500 GT enclosed volume, Project Orion will be powered by Heesen’s hybrid propulsion system, which delivers the ultimate luxury in yachting: silent cruising. With two MTU 12V 2000 M61 (IMO III) engines of just 600kW each, Orion at 12 knots will consume 98 liters per hour excluding hotel load, while at 10 knots in hybrid mode, consumption falls to a mere 45 liters per hour. The efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and engineered by the shipyard’s in-house specialists.
Orion sistership, YN 17850 MY Home (aka Project Nova)
"Laying the keel of a new yacht is always an exciting moment, and even more so when it is built as a speculative venture. At Heesen, we are pioneers in the construction of superyachts in small series, on proven hull designs, propulsion systems and engineering, with individual interiors. The idea of advancing the build by a year or two before the customer signs up reduces delivery time, along with the costs saved in design and development. It has proved to be a winning formula,” comments Friso Visser, Heesen CCO.
Project Orion is available for sale with delivery in February 2025.
Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminum and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.
Credits: Heesen Yachts
Design studio Abbasli Design has shared the renders of its latest superyacht concept, the 45-meter Caspian Star. Caspian Star is a motor yacht with an expedition soul. The aft extension of the yacht creates together with side sliding platforms a spacious beach area with infinity pool and space to store water toys and a 7-meter tender. Thanks to hidden stairs in the port side of the main deck the quests have smooth transition from main saloon to the aft beach area. The extended wings in the upper deck creates another spacious social area at the bow with the hot tub with a panoramic view. The sundeck offers the shaded dining area and a forward bar with sunbeds.The interior might be customized according to the owner's wishes. Guests will have direct contact with the sea thanks to an extensive use of glass, minimal superstructure and ceiling-high sliding doors. Minimal and warm interiors with sand colored finishes, cream furnishings and big windows.Caspian Star has a 8.8-meter beam and shallow draft of only 2.25-meters, which allows her to cruise in the shallow waters.Abbasli Design studio was established by industrial designer and architect Ucal Abbaslı in 2020 and located in Baku, Azerbaijan. Sculpturing architecture on water: the Abbasli Design studio’s philosophy is all in this sentence. From the establishment of the studio, Ucal Abbasli has been designing more than 30 yachts and boats in a range of dimensions from 8 meters up to 80 meters for shipyards and private clients from all over the world.Credits: Abbasli Design
October 6, 2022
Evo Yachts has revealed the newest pictures of its new addition in the R line, Evo R4 XT. A sporty and gritty 13-meter, Evo R4 XT is highly customisable in both layout and décor.The model was designed by designer Valerio Rivellini and made to measure by Besenzoni. The beach area, the heart of outdoor life, where a fully customized multifunctional stern platform offers new scenarios and possibilities for exploiting the boat, to which it gives – when extended – an additional meter in length.This tender lift transformer was developed by Besenzoni and allows the platform to dip fully underwater, by about 80 centimeters, facilitating entry and ascent from the sea from any point on the stern. Right at the center of the beach area there is the large island sunbed, followed by a multifunctional 'sliding' dining table, which can change from a table into a bar counter. The beach area and cockpit can be easily transformed to meet the different needs of guests according to the time of day: from a wide sun lounge to a dining area.The bow area below the deck can be transformed from a large dinette to a cozy sleeping area, adding an additional double bed to the one in the separate cabin. The interiors can be customized in layout at the owner's request.Two Volvo Penta IPS 650 engines with 535 HP each push the vessel to a top speed of 34 knots and a range of aprox 300 nautical miles.The Evo Yachts shipyard is based near Naples. She was born in 2014 from a fortunate encounter between Blu Emme Yachts and the Neapolitan yacht designer Valerio Rivellini. The heart and entrepreneurship that kick-started EVO originated from Blu Emme Yachts, a luxury yachts refitting company. Blu Emme was created in 2013 by the Mercuri brothers, a family whose entrepreneurial experience spans different industries.Credits: Evo Yachts
October 6, 2022
At the 2022 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show CL Yachts will display two new models, CLX96 and CLB65.CLX96The award-winning CLX96 has been created in collaboration with international designer Jozeph Forakis, with structural engineering from Albert Horsmon and naval architecture from Earl Alfaro. CLX96CLX96, CL Yachts new flagship, heralds the establishment of the new X-Series that will be joined by more models in the future. The versatile CLX96 has a ‘workboat chic’ two-level, reverse-angle deckhouse using inverted trapezoids that maximize space as well as reduce glare and heat, while the plumb bow further amplifies accommodation while providing hydrodynamic efficiency.CLX96The main deck’s vast windows and bi-fold doors are echoed in the flybridge’s glazing with retractable windows on three sides, seamlessly leading guests from the sky lounge and pilothouse to the sky deck alfresco dining area aft. Other exterior social zones include the “Terrazza Portoghese” forward of the sky lounge, the “Piazza del Sole” seating and sunning area on the foredeck, and the expansive stern beach club at the waterline with its hydraulically-submerging swim platform.CLX96Below deck, she features a four-cabin layout, including a full-beam master suite. Powered by twin 1900 hp Caterpillar C32 engines, she has a maximum speed of over 25 knots at full load.CLB65 is built upon the combined expertise of naval architect Howard Apollonio and leading marine structural engineers Gurit. With a resin-infused composite hull, the vessel uses carbon fiber strategically; the yacht’s streamlined silhouette is complemented by modern interiors. CLB65The main deck’s expansive windows allow natural light to flow throughout the space. Conveniently located between aft deck and salon, the open-style galley serves both areas and is the ideal place for gathering. Up top, the expansive flybridge has an electric grill and abundant seating for lounging.CLB65Located midship on the lower deck, the full-beam master stateroom, the VIP stateroom is located forward, and the guest cabin has twin beds.CLB65 is powered by twin VOLVO IPS1050 Pod Drives and has a top speed of 27 knots.CL Yachts’ goal is to offer unparalleled experiences to the modern explorer. The luxury performance brand stands apart from its competitors thanks to its unique approach to design – driven by CL Yacht’s core value of innovation. Fusing progressive design with engineering prowess and state-of-the-art technology, every element of CL Yachts’ vessels are meticulously geared to steer luxury into uncharted territories.Credits: Lightseed Studio; CL Yachts
October 6, 2022
Construction of the Alia Sea Club 53m full custom yacht is progressing smoothly and on schedule at the shipyard in Antalya. Having started metal-cutting in November last year, by the end of August the steel hull and aluminum superstructure were complete. The latter was built in two blocks because of the huge helideck, which had to be built separately. Following sandblasting and priming, the hull and superstructure were ready to be joined nine months after the keel had been laid. This operation was carried out with military precision by 40 workers and five cranes with a total 800-tonne capacity. “The joining operation marked a major milestone in the construction process and was completed in just one day,” says Ömer Koray, Managing Director of Alia Yachts. “With the steel and aluminum hot works finished, we’re now completing the fitting out of the floating floors, tank connections, machinery foundations, pipe and cable penetrations, and exterior fitted furniture.” With insulation, painting, electrical and piping materials already purchased and on site, the installation teams have started working on board. Alia’s in-house carpentry and design facility have already built the crew quarters and are currently constructing the guest areas that will be ready for assembly in the coming weeks. The 499GT yacht’s exterior design and general arrangement is by Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture, while Diana Yacht Design handled her naval architecture.The yacht features a large covered tender bay on the main deck for tenders and toys, a fully certified heli-deck, a water sport center, and accommodation for six guests across two cabins and a master suite. The Alia Sea Club 53m is due to be delivered in the fall of 2023.Alia Yachts was founded in 2008 by Gokhan Çelik and Omer Koray. Located in the port of Antalya on the beautiful Turkish Riviera, Alia Yachts shipyard currently occupies approximately 8,000 sq. m, including three construction halls with their suites of specialist workshops and a dedicated interiors facility. With an additional 16,000 sq. m under development for 2019, Alia Yachts will rank among the top facilities in the region.Credits: Alia Yachts
October 6, 2022
The 26th hull of the Otam 58, restyled by Giuseppe Bagnardi of BG Design Firm and named Bad Boy, made its World debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. The updated exterior styling offers a semi-open deck house with a sharply raked windscreen and wraparound glazing for the en plein air feel of a true open combined with the protection from the sun and wind of a hardtop. It also provides a more aerodynamic profile and less turbulence for better performance and more onboard comfort at high speed. Integrated into the hardtop are two air intakes (another two are positioned to port and starboard on the foredeck) that funnel air directly into the aft engine compartment underneath the two large sunpads either side of the central walkway. These can be raised hydraulically for easy access to the engines and other equipment. The covered cockpit is equipped with a bar unit, corner sofa and a comfortable dining area.The swim platform and exhaust grilles in the transom have also been redesigned with the latter now integrated and disguised in the nameplate. Below deck, the OTAM 58 GTS features two ensuite double cabins, an open-space galley and third single cabin with bathroom for an extra guest or crew member.The 58 GTS powered by twin MTU 1825hp engines coupled to ASD14 Arneson surface drives, has a top speed of 55 plus knots and cruises comfortably at 48 knots. Bad Boy was built to the specific brief of her owner, who has also requested a bespoke Böning console for the pilot station. The shipyard’s history started in 1954 in Liguria. Its professionalism is what made it stand out, very quickly becoming the first authorized Riva yacht Service Center for the Mediterranean Sea. In the 80’s Otam fit around 25 yachts for an American builder before starting his own production of Otam 45’ and 55’, earning significant attention. Today Otam has produced around 90 yachts, becoming an Italian specialist, and, together with its custom range, offers a limitless choice between 45’ and 130’.Credits: Alberto Cocchi/Otam
October 5, 2022