Heesen Yachts has joined the hull and superstructure of the 60-metre, all-aluminium Project Skyfall, YN 19959. In a complex operation over several days in September, three large mobile cranes lowered the main engines onto their mounts, and then hoisted the superstructure into place over the waiting hull.

The exercise involving meticulous planning and precision engineering, but it all went without a hitch. Project SkyFall will now remain in shed number nine for outfitting until Spring 2023, when it will leave the harbour of Oss for intensive trials in the North Sea.

This high-speed vessel is a sport fisherman in yacht disguise, complete with cockpit, fighting chair and storage for forty rods. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created the exterior design. The yacht has a Fast Displacement Hull Form optimised for performance and efficiency. Gyro stabilisers and interceptor trim plates maintain the correct running angle under way.

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Heesen’s most powerful yacht to date

SkyFall will reach a top speed of 37 knots in light load conditions, thanks to four MTU 20V4000 engines producing 22,000 horsepower and driving four Kongsberg S90 water jets.

When complete in 2023, a custom tender will accompany Heesen’s most powerful yacht to date. Vanquish builds the tener to a Guido de Groot design that will mirror the mother ship down to the last brushstroke. The yacht’s muscular shapes are crafted to produce strong architectural shadows, while Laupman has underscored the sport fishing image with a high-contrast paint scheme. Deeply tinted windows, a black superstructure band and hardtop, and red-orange accent stripes will all be expressive of Skyfall’s immense power and speed.

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Watch a video of the placement of the main engines and the joing of the hull and superstructure as well as pictures of the operation below (all by Heesen Yachts).

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