Usually, even the most experienced yacht owner turns to a professional captain to run his or her megayacht. However, the owner of Heesen’s Project Oslo24, its latest contract, is taking a different approach. He plans to be his own captain, due to his years on the water. Additionally, those years have led to numerous custom requests for the yacht.
Project Oslo24 is using the 50M Steel series engineering platform, just like Project Triton and Omaha before her. Also known as Heesen YN 20150, the 164-foot megayacht features styling by Clifford Denn Design and an interior by Luca Dini Design. Naturally, the owner wants his family and friends to enjoy time together, and with him. Therefore, he’s asked for a second helm on the flying bridge. Interestingly, he’s also asked for an office for himself adjacent to the wheelhouse—therefore the area that a captain’s cabin typically occupies. He also wants a pull-out bed in the office, to use when Project Oslo24 is on long passages.
Additionally, for everyone to enjoy, Project Oslo24 features a glass-bottomed, waterjet-fitted pool on the aft main deck. Should the weather be too chilly to swim, they can gather around a firepit just forward. Regardless, the pool’s glass bottom brings light into the beach club, which also has a wellness area.
The most notable custom requests, though, involve the hybrid propulsion system. For traditional cruising, Project Oslo24 will rely on twin MTUs, while gensets will power her hotel load and stabilizers. For long-range economical travel, the megayacht will use Danfoss electric motors, coupled to the main diesels, instead of her gensets. This reduces wear and tear on the gensets, plus of course saves fuel. Finally, the megayacht will use the electric motors as the primary propulsion for silent, low-speed travel.
That last mode should come in handy when Project Oslo24 cruises fjords, rivers, and canals, high priorities for the owner. Since some of those waterways may have low bridges, she’ll further have a folding mast.
Look for delivery to take place in early 2024.
Clifford Denn Design clifforddenn.com
Heesen Yachts heesenyachts.com
Luca Dini Design lucadini.com