Heesen 5000 Series

by Heesen Yachts and Frank Laupman/Omega Architects

Heesen Yachts continues relentlessly in its technological research and design activities, and always comes up with surprising innovations destined once again to plot a new course in the evolution of luxury yachting. This spring the yard announced a new, ambitious project called the 6500 FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form), an innovative hull design developed by Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen & Associates that can greatly increase the overall performance of motor yachts. Towing tank tests carried out at a specialized establishment in Southampton have shown that the FDHF considerably improves the efficiency of the hull with respect to traditional bottom shapes, namely full displacement hulls with a round bilge and semi displacement hulls with a hard chine. The new hull shape greatly improves efficiency at all speeds while still maintaining good seaworthiness, stability and handling qualities. This also means lower fuel consumption and, as a consequence, a reduction in environmental impact due to lower emission levels from the engines. These outstanding technical qualifications and other interesting functional features will be evident to all when the 65 metre / 213 foot-6500 FDHF motor yacht will make her official debut at the 20th Monaco Yacht Show 2010, where Heesen Yachts will put her on show in a strategic position alongside the two current ranges of motor yachts built by this famous Dutch yard. One of these ranges, the steel- and aluminium-built fully customized yachts with full displacement hulls is available in three lengths: 47 metre/154 foot, 50 metre/164 foot, plus the new 55 metre/180 foot version.
The other range includes a line of six aluminium-built semi-custom yachts with semi-displacement hulls: the 37 metre/121 foot 3700 Series; the new 40 metre/131 foot 4000 Series, previewed last year in issue number 10 of Yacht Première; the 44 metre/144 foot 4400 Series, which includes My Petra, a portrait of which was published this year in issue number 14 of Yacht Première; the 47 metre/154 foot 4700 Series, which includes Celestial Hope, a full description of which was published last year in issue number 13 of Yacht Première; the new 50 metre/164 foot 5000 Series, and finally the new 55 metre/180 foot 5500 Series.
The construction of these two ranges means that the famous Dutch yard is currently passing through a long period of intense productivity. Last year, for example, Heesen Yachts launched and delivered four motor yachts: in spring, Jems with yard number 14444, the fifth exemplar of the 4400 semi displacement/all aluminium Series; during the summer, My Petra with yard number 14844, the sixth in the 4400 semi displacement/all aluminium Series; at the end of the summer, Blind Date with yard number 14347, the fifth example in the 47-metre full displacement/steel and aluminium range; and at the end of autumn, 4You with yard number 14647, the third example in the 4700 semi displacement/all aluminium Series. For the current year, Heesen Yachts hope to launch and deliver a total of five motor yachts: the first was completed in spring, Sky with yard number 14750, the second example in the 50-metre full displacement/steel and aluminium range. The other planned completions are two yachts in the 3700 semi displacement/all aluminium Series, another yacht in the 47-metre full displacement/steel and aluminium range, and yet another yacht in the 4400 semi displacement/all aluminium Series. Within the next two years, a total of fourteen yachts currently in different stages of construction will leave the large and modern premises of the well-known Dutch yard. The fully custom steel and aluminium built Heesen yachts with full displacement hulls include: delivery in 2010 for yard number 15147, the sixth example in the 47-metre range; delivery in 2011 for yard number 15347, the seventh example in the 47-metre range; delivery in 2012 for yard number 15747, the eighth example of the 47-metre range; delivery in 2012 for yard number 15555, the first in the 55-metre range. Semi-custom aluminium built Heesen yachts with semi-displacement hulls include: delivery at the and of 2012 for yard number 15640, the first example of the 4000 Series; delivery in late spring 2011 for yard number 14955, the first of the 5500 Series; delivery in summer 2011 for yard number 15250, the first of the 5000 Series; and delivery in spring 2011 for yard number 15850, the second example in the 5000 Series.
Upon completion of the respective assembly phases, the hull and superstructure of the second yacht in the new 5000 Series were assembled early this year. This particular project, the construction of which is now well under way, is previewed in the current issue of Yacht Première. [...]

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