YARD UPDATE '07: Heesen Yachts

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Some 13 motoryachts in progress… June 2007

These days in many respects Heesen Yachts is the most successful of all Dutch superyacht builders. It is presently averaging five to five and a half semi-custom motoryachts a year, which is not bad considering the average size is now virtually 46m (151ft). It has two strings to its bow — all-aluminium semi-displacement projects and full-displacement steel/aluminium motoryachts — and they both seem to be selling like proverbial hot cakes.
As of June ’07 it had no fewer than 13 on contract. And they were all between 37-55m (121-180ft) and all of them are scheduled to deliver before the end of ‘09. Its schedule includes one all-aluminium semi-displacement semi-custom 3700, the last of that series, and one 3900/4000 Series model which will replace the 3700 Series, although the precise designation remains undecided. Then there are six of its new all-aluminium semi-displacement semi-custom 44m (144ft) 4400 Series, three full-displacement steel/aluminium 47m (154ft) designs, two all-aluminium semi-displacement semi-custom 50m (164ft) 5000 Series designs, and a semi-displacement 24-knot 55m (180ft).

The first of Heesen’s 50m (164ft) projects Galatica, an extremely interesting project, delivered to her Russian owner for early summer ’07... 


Heesen’s 4400 is certainly priced competitively, particularly considering the build quality involved. It is €22.5 million, which would is probably 15-20 per cent less than an equivalent full-custom project of the same size and broad specification.
No fewer than six Heesens will have delivered by the end of ’07.
Two 3700s went first, the seventh and eighth of that model. The first of Heesen’s 50m (164ft) projects Galatica, an extremely interesting project, delivered to her Russian owner for early summer ’07.
Then Heesen delivered its first 4400 Series Sedation at the end of July ‘07. The black-hulled beauty with an Omega interior has a Russian owner. And the second 4400 follows later this year.
Next away is a steel/aluminium full-displacement 4700 Series, a €25 million sister to Yalla. Her interior is from Omega also. She hands over to her Russian owner in November ’07.
Beyond that the €30 million 50m (164ft) steel/aluminium full-displacement Man of Steel delivers in September ’08 to her North American owner, who previously had a Heesen 3700 of the same name. She will get a very modern interior created by Chicago-based Mark Wallis.
The third and fourth 4400 deliver for mid to late ’08 respectively, as will another 4700.
Virually all Heesen’s current work-in-progress projects are the result of creative collaborations between Heesen and Omega Design, which works for the yard exclusively.
In all Heesen delivered five motoryachts in ’06 — the three 3700s Man of Steel, Buka and G-Force, plus two 47m (154ft) designs Sirocco and Let It Be.
Heesen has six halls at the moment, but a seventh in planned to be on stream by the end of ‘08. In all it employs 300 people directly in the yard, although with subcontractors there are a lot more there than that at any one time. It also employs another 60 or so at it Oortgiese joinery subsidiary, which was acquired several years ago and also does work for other yards. Some of the Heesen aluminium requirements are handled in house, but all the steel fabrication stuff is subcontracted.
Current yard capacity at Heesen is around 55m (180ft).

© Phil Draper