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By Theodora Halstead | November 13 2017
A Heesen press conference is never going to be dull, but their adoption of a Jaws theme and a laser show ensured it kick-started the Monaco Yacht Show with panache. The prolific Dutch superyacht builder used the first morning of the Show to share with invited guests their plans for the future ‘you’re gonna need a bigger boat.’
Historically focusing on yachts around the 180ft mark, Heesen’s CEO Arthur Brouwer explained that to meet the needs of the market they are now set to increase their capacity. The 2016 build 229.6ft Galactica Super Nova was their biggest yacht to date, but now thanks to a new 295ft construction shed and 278.8ft dry dock they’ll be able to build larger vessels. And they already are. At the Show they announced a new 216.5ft yacht, Avanti, from Winch Designs, a confidential new 255.9ft, and a 272.3ft concept, Project Maximus.
Described by Mark Cavendish, director of sales and marketing at Heesen, as a pocket mega yacht, the 216.5ft Project Avanti features sculptured and graceful lines that reflect the sky and ocean. She is an impressive 1200gt and both her exterior and interior will be care of Winch Design.
Designed to accommodate 12 guests with family living and relaxation at heart, Avanti’s contemporary sporty design is enhanced by a raised pilothouse. The stepped aft deck brings exterior and interior living spaces together and also provides access to a 16.4ft infinity pool. The full beam main deck saloon gives this yacht its pocket mega yacht feel, with huge floor to ceiling windows flooding the interior with natural light. Other key features are a private relaxation area with Jacuzzi and bar and a glass and stainless steel elevator. With customizable layout options (add a spa and Hamman), Avanti is also offered with Heesen’s special hybrid propulsion system, which offers near-silent cruising and competitive fuel consumption.
The 272.3ft Project Maximus is a concept yacht designed with Clifford Denn. Deliberately designed as a concept yacht to create discussion, to get people thinking outside of the box and see what can be achieved when you approach yacht design in a completely fresh and new way, this will be the biggest yacht that Hessen can build.
Project Maximus is inspired by Denn’s experience designing luxury liners with companies such as Cunard, P&O, Viking Ocean Cruises, where the Wheel House is located forward and under the Passenger decks. This striking yacht puts the owner experience to the fore and central to the design is the 100% use of the private exterior deck which gives owners and guests the complete run of the deck from fore to aft stretching the whole length of the yacht. The stern of Maximus has space to comfortably fit a pool, waterfall and expansive bathing platform. When asked about the yacht, Denn explains, “Compared with other boats of its size it has an enormous pool, huge external deck areas, and all with the same internal volumes as a normal 83m. It’s large boat thinking that puts the Owner’s needs first.”