My Secret

by Heesen Yachts with Bannenberg+Rowell Design and Omega Architects

A sense of humour was what I expected to see before even looking at My Secret’s interior, Dickie Bannenberg always having a twinkle in his eye and keeping ‘our industry’ in perspective. A quick look at the Designer Statement, provided by Heesen who commissioned Bannenberg+Rowell, confirmed it: “Rather than being a slavish devotion to one particular era, inspiration has been found and translated into witty stylish details; from the sparkly fabric on the glamorous bar stools, to the tactile surfaces such as quilted leather and old-style grilles flanking the TV in the sky lounge. The overall palette may be generally neutral and cool, but the use of acid bright colour accents, contrasting textures and bold themes such as the striped doors and bathroom marble elevate the interior to something way beyond the ordinary.”

You can imagine the smiles between Dickie and Simon as these words were penned! Heesen, who have thrived through the past five years while some in ‘our industry’ flounder, seem to have found their own secret recipe for success, with free-thinking brainstorming sessions, openly sharing information, gathering feedback from shows in new markets, adapting and empowering creative types to do creative work and understanding that the industry really belongs to the owners who buy the boats. An aside from Simon Rowell was: “The decision makers at Heesen were great. They not once tried to pick away at the concept or try to make it ‘safer’ or more obviously commercial”. The Designer Statement starts with “The working title of ‘California’ soon began to crystallize from the initial brainstorming for our collaboration with Heesen on their 47-metre hull. The very name conjures an informality and free spiritedness; there’s a clear synergy with yachting emotion here, though unburdened by the obvious marine clichés.” ‘Hollywood, Palm Springs, Malibu’ – you can almost see the 1950s paparazzi camera flashes popping, hear the ocean waves breaking on the beach and smell the surfboard wax, as you absorb the ‘subthemes’ for the decks. My Secret surely should come with colourful Bannenberg+Rowell custom swimwear, with waterproof pockets, included up by the Jacuzzi, forward of the bar on the sun deck! Her Omega Architects exterior profile is, conventional-contemporary stuff – neatly incorporating a high-volume interior – with side decks, large owners’ suite windows and all topped with a 20-metre sundeck and hard bimini-top cum ‘radar-arch’, which has clever, rakish cutouts in the sides. Owners of boats in the series benefit from the standardized hull form, 4,000-mile range, zero-speed stabilizers and steel weight-reduction allowing for the inclusion of exotic materials in the interior. The teak-decked garage, for the tender and twin wave-runners, sports a fold-down transom, which forms a swimming and boarding platform, accessible via twin staircases from the aft deck. She has a proper big-boat feel. Layout too is fairly conventional if you look at the deck plans – there is a reason why and that is because it works for most people – but that conventionality is quickly forgotten as you enter the main saloon and immediately feel chilled out, calm, good about life and pleased with your success and the good fortune that got you to this point, right now. At least that’s what I imagine her owner must feel as the 1950s style buttoned upholstery beckons in this “slightly formal and glamorous ambience, with a roguish weathered undertone” as he enters the Hollywood subtheme. A roguish Hollywood director might host casting sessions here during the Cannes Film Festival, emboldened by his powerful surroundings, his weathered eye appreciating the forms, textures and sparkle in the eye of his beholden, illuminated by the back-lit marble wall and overhead lighting, if he’s not already dimmed the lights… Simon Rowell, on lighting: “We developed a certain ceiling feature that used the latest LED technology for a consistent graphic line. We blend varied decorative lamps with built in fittings, as always, and we strive to reduce fittings numbers, glare and superfluous gadgetry. We use both ambient sources and highlight, and the decorative sources help with cross lighting, giving horizontal highs and lows, and flexibility for mood control.” Moving rapidly on forward, the master suite contains an impressively free-standing bath, clad in dark wenge and silver travertine tiles, in its bathroom, with a headrest each end of its length. Swirls of dark Noir St Laurent marble run embedded in a white Statuario marble floor.

My Secret Technical Specifications

Hull typeTwin propeller motor yacht round bilge displacement
LOA 46,70 m / 153’21’’ ft
Beam8,83 m / 29’ ft
Draft3,08 m / 10’4’’ ft
Hull and superstructure Steel and aluminium
Displacement (50% load)395 tons
Main engines 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63
Maximum power 2 x 1.000 kW
Gearbox2 x ZF 4661
Engine control MTU Blue Vision
PropellersSchaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1,600 mm
Steering systemSperry Marine Systems
Maximum speed (50% load) 15 knots
Fuel capacity 60,000 litres / 15.875 US gallons
Fresh water capacity 20,000 litres / 5.280 US gallons
Range @ 12 knots 4,000 Nautical miles
StabilizersNaiad Dynamics, type 621, zero speed
BowthrusterHRP, type 1000, 90 kW, hydraulically driven
Generators2 x Kilo-Pak
Number of Owner / Guests 10 (12 in two Pullman berths)
No. of cabins Full-beam master suite with private study, two doubles and two twins each with a Pullman berth
ClassificationLloyds ✠ 100A1 SSC YACHT ✠ LMC
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Naval ArchitectHeesen Yachts
Exterior StylingOmega Architects
Interior DesignBannenberg+Rowell Design
ShipyardHeesen Yachts

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