Heesen Yachts has joined the steel hull and aluminium superstructure of the 55-metre yacht YN 20555, code-named Project Serena. Construction is proceeding on schedule for delivery in autumn 2024.
To avoid welding cross-contamination between steel and aluminium fabrication, Heesen has developed strict protocols during its long-term partnership with Talsma, a Friesland shipyard specialising in the construction of steel craft.
Serena’s steel hull arrived in Oss after a two-day trip by sea, canal and river from the north of Holland. The tug Vlieter and push boat Aegir safely shepherded the hull on its 125-nautical-mile journey at a stately eight knots through the Waddenzee, IJselmeer, Markermeer and along Amsterdam’s Rijnkanaal, and then onto the Waal and the Maas. It was brought alongside in Oss on Wednesday 19 April, where the aluminium superstructure arrived a day later.
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Built on spec, customised interior
Omega Architects created the exterior design. Luca Dini Design and Architecture and Heesen’s in-house interior engineers are busy finalising the interior decoration.
The yacht can accommodate twelve guests in six cabins and has an owners suite with French balcony. Project Serena started as a speculative build, and its interior design was conceived as a luxurious canvas upon which its future owners could express their personality.
The owners and their team are working on adding personal touches to all areas. Bespoke works of art and intricate detailing in the fixed and loose furnishings will make their yacht spectacular in every aspect.
Owner’s representative Richard Kaye of Monaco-based brokerage firm Arcon Yachts remarks: ‘There are no two Heesen 55-metre Steels that are the same. Of course, similarities exist, but each yacht is customised to reflect its owner’s tastes and requirements. At Arcon, we are very familiar with this class of yacht, having sold two, and we work closely with the client and the shipyard to ensure the final product perfectly suits the owners’ wishes and family lifestyle.’
Picture by Ruben Griffioen/Heesen.