Heesen has provided an update on the construction of YN 20555, code-named Project Serena, ahead of her delivery in the fall of 2024. The 180.6ft yacht’s hull and superstructure have now been joined together, following a two-day trip by sea, canal, and river from northern Holland to Oss.
Joining of Superstructure
Heesen once again partnered with Talsma, a Friesland shipyard that specializes in the construction of steel ships. The aluminum superstructure arrived a day later to be joined together before moving onto the next phase of construction.
Rick van de Wetering, Heesen’s Chief Operation Officer, comments, “We owe our accomplishments not only to Heesen’s craftspeople but to our extended family of trustworthy suppliers and loyal partners, who are an integral part of our success. Talsma has been growing with us. We share the same vision — to create the best Dutch superyachts in the smartest and most efficient manner possible.”
The owner’s representative Richard Kaye of Arcon Yachts also shared on the build process, “There are no two Heesen 55m Steels that are the same. Of course, similarities exist, but each yacht is customized to reflect their owner’s tastes and requirements. At Arcon, we are very familiar with this class of yacht, having sold two, and we work closely with the client and the shipyard to ensure the final product perfectly suits the owners’ wishes and family lifestyle.”
Onto the Next Phase
While Project Serena was started as a speculative build, design and architecture by Luca Dini Design and Architecture, along with Heesen’s in-house interior engineers will now complete her interior decoration. A warm and welcoming interior will be complete in soft and delicate tones, creating an airy and inviting space for her guests.
“Oak and eucalyptus are the main veneers, while marbles used to enrich the décor include Namibian white with accents of silver moon, calcite azul and camellia green,” the Heesen team shares.
During this phase of production, the owners and their team will now work with the team to add their own personal touches to the yacht.
Silvia Margutti of Luca Dini Design and Architecture shares on the design, “This is the most inspiring period of the design process, as we collaborate closely with both client and shipyard to craft a beautiful design which we know Heesen’s specialists will execute flawlessly. We are also deeply involved in the engineering aspects of our design, and truly relish this confluence of Italian creativity and Dutch perfectionism. Serena will be a masterpiece.”
Project Serena remains on schedule to be delivered to her owner in the fall of 2024.