Heesen announced the start of the construction of YN 20067. The owner’s team chose a Greek coin with Poseidon and a galloping horse to celebrate the start of the construction of this new yacht. Glued to a steel plate, this ancient representation of the Greek god of the sea was welded to the keel.
The management of the project is entrusted to Arcon Yachts of Monaco, the third collaboration with Heesen. “Working with this Dutch shipyard is always a pleasure and we appreciate its quality and dedication. The laying of the keel is a milestone in the construction of Sparta and we can’t wait for this project to take shape”.
With a length of 67 meters and an internal volume of approximately 1,200 gross tons, Project Sparta is the largest displacement motor yacht with a steel hull built by Heesen to date. The ultra-efficient shape of the rapid displacement hull, an iteration of van Oossanen’s patented design, is completed above the waterline by a dynamic profile signed by Winch Design.
Powered by two MTU 12V4000 M65R diesel engines, it will reach a top speed of 16 knots, with a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Perry van Oossanen of van Oossanen Naval Architects commented: “The shape of Project Sparta’s fast-displacement hull, combined with Winch’s elegant design and Heesen’s optimized construction methodology, makes this yacht really stand out in terms of performance and efficiency. With the typical engines of a yacht of this size, it will easily reach the contractual speed and outperform other yachts of this size and power, both in speed and autonomy.”
Winch Design‘s raised pilothouse gives the yacht a bold and sporty profile. An exceptional design maximizes every corner of her interior volume in both the hull and superstructure. The full-beam saloon on the main deck makes Project Sparta a true “pocket-sized mega-yacht”, as defined by Andrew Winch.
The interior dining area connects seamlessly to the aft deck terrace, sheltered on both sides. Four guest suites are located forward on the main deck. Thanks to a sliding partition wall, the two forward cabins can be quickly converted into a full beam VIP cabin.
A spiral staircase surrounds the glass elevator that serves all three decks. In addition to crew quarters and galley, the lower deck houses a luxurious wellness area with an oval whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, and gym.
The Owner has reserved the entire deck for himself, with two suites – one forward with a private outdoor lounge and the other aft with access to outdoor dining and relaxation areas on a private terrace. On the sundeck, the bar and the Jacuzzi, surrounded by large sunbathing areas.
A crew of fourteen people plus two staff members will be able to operate quickly and discreetly thanks to the carefully designed movement flows on all three decks. The supply is made easy thanks to a shell door on the port side, while tenders and toys are conveniently stored in a forward garage with gull-wing hatchways.
Project Sparta will be delivered to its owner in 2023.
Total length 67.0 meters
Total beam 11.5 meters
Draught at full load 3.6 meters
Maximum speed 16 knots
Range at 12 knots 4,500 NM
Number of passengers (charter) 12
Crew members 14 + 2 staff
(Heesen YN 20067 Project Sparta: the construction begins – Barchemagazine.com – November 2020)