Started as Project Gemini, Heesen YN 18755—now the Heesen Reliance—is in the water 15 months after her owners acquired her. She’s the latest in the Dutch shipyard’s 55 Meter Steel series.
Since she’s part of that series, the original general arrangement called for things like an owners’ party of 12, a full-beam sky lounge, and a wellness-area-equipped beach club. Additionally, engineering based on prior deliveries promise a 4,500-nautical-mile range at 13 knots while under MTU propulsion. The owners did preserve many of the initial room configurations. They also still chose to work with Luca Dini Design, the studio that Heesen Yachts had approached to fashion the interior.
Of course, they were able to personalize a variety of spaces and make some structural changes, too. For example, the Heesen Reliance now has windows in the transom. This therefore lets the owners and their guests enjoy a naturally lit beach club even when the hatch isn’t down. Speaking of windows, the owners also requested an opening one in their suite, which sits forward on the main deck. It’s yet another way to bring fresh air into the 893-square-foot (83-square-meter), full-beam suite. Finally, the owners wanted a different layout for the en suite bath here. Although specifics on that layout are not yet available, notably, Luca Dini Design initially penned a freestanding black tub for dramatic effect.
The owners, whom Arcon Yachts introduced to Heesen, plan to offer Reliance for charter after they take delivery this fall. Regardless of who cruises aboard, they’ll appreciate the VIP’s location on the bridge deck and the two doubles and two twins below decks. Furthermore, the shark-gray paint job will let them pick the megayacht out on the horizon amid a sea of white boats. The owners wanted this color specifically to lend stronger character to her looks.
Richard Kaye, an Arcon Yachts sales broker, stresses that the Heesen Reliance benefitted greatly from being part of a series. “Time is priceless for our customers,” he says. “It is invaluable that the shipyard can stick to the schedule.”
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