The world’s largest and fastest all-aluminum megayacht in build is in the water. Heesen Yachts splashed Project Cosmos on November 19, about six months before her anticipated delivery. Fittingly for such a powerful yacht, her bulbous bow features a toothy grin.
This 1,700-gross-ton yacht, whose keel-laying took place in 2019, measures 263 feet (80.07 meters). With four MTU engines totaling more than 19,000 hp, she should see a top speed approaching 30 knots. Her Fast Displacement Hull Form from Van Oossanen Naval Architects includes a full-length structural reinforcement from the shipyard to ensure this occurs properly and safely. In fact, Heesen named and patented that reinforcement as the Backbone, since it resembles one in form and function.
Complementing her energetic performance, Winch Design blended traditional Heesen styling with “a futuristic spin,” says Jim Dixon, the studio’s director of yachts and aviation. The team incorporated curved glass and other sculpted shapes in her superstructure. James Russel, the studio’s yacht exteriors associate, adds, “The emphasis was on creating a fast-looking yacht that sits elegantly on the water.”
Inside, meanwhile, Sinot Yacht Design & Architecture continues executing the owners’ brief for a welcoming, home-like ambience. Project Cosmos primarily features neutral tones, although blue tones appear, too. Guests will find them in the VIP suite on the bridge deck, for instance, the four additional staterooms below decks, as well as lounges and dining areas throughout. Both a glass elevator and a spiral stairway will make it possible to move around onboard.
One of the areas where the owners and guests may find themselves spending abundant time is the beach club. Here, Sinot has designed a backlit onyx bar, with seating, as the center of attention. Fold-down platforms to three sides open up the waterside lounge for a more pleasurable experience. Overall, wood, glass, marble, and metal play large roles in Project Cosmos’ decor. Weight control from such materials is always a priority, but due to this megayacht’s more spirited performance, Sinot has worked closely alongside Heesen’s in-house engineering team.
Look for sea trials to come early next year.
Heesen Yachts heesenyachts.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl
Winch Design winchdesign.com
Sinot Yacht Design & Architecture sinot.com