Times are good in Holland! Just ask Heesen Yachts

By Robert Wielaard

SkyFall sundeck

MONACO – As is its wont, Heesen Yachts used the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show to make a significant announcement: the sale of the most powerful yacht project the Dutch yard has ever taken on. The 40-80m specialist said it has a buyer for its all-aluminum Project Skyfall, a 59m yacht with a top speed of – sit down now! – 37 knots. To all you landlubbers out there: that’s 69 km (42 mi) per hour!

The yacht will be delivered in 2023 and have 22,000HP driving 4 water jets. Designed by Omega Architects of the Netherlands, it will flaunt an aggressive paint scheme and accommodate 10 guests.

Project Skyfall’s in-your-face speed, ambition, cool color scheme and 900GT volume is first of all a remarkable Heesen project. But importantly, it reflects the upbeat mood of the entire Dutch industry right now. In 2019, Dutch yards worked on no fewer than 60 yachts, many spec-build projects, i.e. with no buyer in sight. They take that risk to reduce delivery times for when the good times roll, superyacht buyers don’t want to wait 2 or 3 years

Heesen Yachts CEO Arthur Brouwer

Heesen has right now 13 yachts under construction for delivery by 2023. At Monaco, CEO Arthur Brouwer told yacht building industry types the key to his yard’s success are short delivery times.

Like the other dozen and a half superyacht builders in the Netherlands, Heesen Yachts works in aluminum and steel. That makes Dutch yachts pricey (they easily run to €100 million), but steel and aluminum allow for semi or full-custom construction, which is undoable in composite or polyester serial production.

Heesen sees “an increasing interest in full-custom yachts,” Brouwer said at Monaco. Its full-custom order book includes apart from 59m Project Skyfall, the 60m Project Falcon (2021 delivery) and the 80m Project Cosmos (2022). The latter will be Heesen largest, replacing the 70m Galactica Super Nova which has a 30-kn top speed.

At the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in early November, Heesen will display its 55m steel-hulled Vida, a cruiser yacht. Its Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ patented Fast Displacement Hull Form design renders the yacht a range of 4,500 nm at 13 knots.

SkyFall aft section

SkyFall’s owner will have the bridge deck’s aft section to himself. A large aft-facing suite that opens onto a private terrace with a whirlpool and seating area. The main deck is for alfresco dining on the aft terrace, has an indoor lounge, a large bar and formal dining for 12. Forward is a media room with a cinema and a games table. Tenders and other toys go on the fore deck and the lazarette has a luxurious beach club and wellness area.