OSS – Heesen Yachts spent the better part of the past decade cementing its reputation as a maker of ingenious, fast, aluminum-hulled yachts of 45 to 70m.

It gave many Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ patented Fast Displacement Hull guaranteeing owners high-performance, very comfortable and very green yachts wrapped in elegant lines conjured up by Omega Architects and Sinot Yacht Design.

While that Heesen Yachts success story continues, the Dutch yard just opened another front. In July it delivered Omaha (photo), Heesen’s first of a newly designed 50m displacement Steel Class yacht. Omaha has a gross tonnage of under-500GT and is the successor of the 47m Steel Class.

In sea trials, Heesen reports, Omaha achieved a top speed of 16 knots _ above the yacht’s contractual speed!). Also, it was “extremely maneuverable” courtesy of 2 MTU 8V4000 M63 engines. Omaha has a range of 3,800nm at a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Heesen began building the yacht on spec, counting on the fact a buyer was bound to walk through its doors any day. Omaha’s sister ship, currently under construction at Heesen, is due for delivery in February 2020.