Heesen Yachts' biggest ever project...

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Heesen Yachts' biggest ever project...


This Heesen 6500 is based upon an ultra-efficient fast-displacement hull form (FDHF) developed by Van Oossanen & Associates (Holland) and successfully tested recently at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton (UK).


Tank tests showed that in comparison with traditional hard chine and round-bilge hulls, the FDHF (fast-displacement hull form) improves vessel efficiency by around 30 per cent. The hull’s shape and slenderness result in a very low wave profile over the entire speed range, while also improving sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. As a consequence, it could have a significant impact on running costs, not to mention reducing carbon footprint.
The exterior design of this 65m (213ft) has been handled by Heesen favourite Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, which do doubt is why the Heesen DNA is so obvious in those lines.
Notable design features include a touch-and-go helipad forward and a semi-shaded area aft which surrounds the swimming pool on the main deck. On the lower deck is a vast beach club area, whose design incorporates bar, sauna and hammam. In addition to the large transom platform, there is a side balcony that opens from the hull to the port side to provide the owner and his guests with an even closer connection to the sea.
She will be the Oss, Holland-based yard's biggest project by a considerable margin. Thus far its biggest launches have been 50m (164ft), although it has a couple of 55m (180ft) projects in hand presently.
We understand an order has been signed and delivery will be for late 2012/early 2013.

Basic Spec – Heesen 6500 FDHF...
LOA: 65m (213ft)
Max Beam: 11.4m (37ft 5in)
Draught (Max): 3.05m (10ft)
Displacement (Half Load): 550 tonnes
Fuel: 90,000L
Water: 30,000L
Max Speed (Half Load): 27 knots
Cruise Speed (Half Load)
Range @ 14 knots: 4,500nm
Class: ABS A1 Commercial Yachting Service, AMS, Large Yacht Code 2
Guests: 12
Crew: 13 inc captain
Main Engines: 2 x MTU 20V4000 M93L (4,170kW at 2,100rpm)
Gearboxes: 2x ZF 23560C
Drive Line: Stainless steel shafts, five-blade fixed-pitch props
Stabilization: 5 x Seakeeper gyroscopes, M21000

For more, www.heesenyachts.nl

© Phil Draper