Heesen Sell 44 Metre Superyacht During Build

Photo credits: Franco Pace
Project Zentric the eighth in the successful 44 metre all-aluminium class of superyachts built by Heesen Yachts in Holland has been sold.
The sale of hull number YN 15944 was made in collaboration with Nakhimov Yachts who, like Hessen Yachts, are Russian owned
This is the third contract signed by Heesen in 2011 and in such an economic climate demonstrates that there is still a market for quality and technical excellence, both qualities that this Dutch superyacht builder excels in.
By acquiring a yacht already under construction, the new owners do not need wait through an extended lead-time. Given that Heesen currently has 12 vessels in commission (four on speculation) with a total length of 584 metres, with deliveries up to 2015 that could be a long time.
Project Zentric’s twin MTU 2.720kW engines combine with unmatched experience in weight reduction and the ultra-efficient Heesen hull to ensure that an increase in space never means a decrease in speed. Project Zentric reaches the remarkable speed of 25 knots and is the fastest 44 metre yacht of her style on the market. Building in aluminium to enormously demanding tolerances, the Heesen hull-form is unique – quite simply no other ship’s shape so optimises the way a yacht moves through water. Meticulous attention to weight reduction results in increased levels of luxury.
Using the experience gained from the previous 44 metre aluminium yachts, Heesen has designed Project Zentric to fully maximise the amount of deck space available. Guests will mostly enjoy life at sea on the 45 square metre sun deck. The main aft deck and upper aft deck are the perfect location for alfresco dining or just lounging in the shade, while the seating area on the fore deck is ideal for enjoying the breeze when at anchor or for privacy when docked stern-to in harbour.
Frank Laupman from Omega designed the sleek exterior lines and the timelessly elegant interior where pale woods and precious fabrics emphasise light and space. The guest areas are elegant and clutter-free thanks to the sleek, classic deco design.
The open-plan main saloon is split into three distinct areas: in addition to the main sofas and dining area, there is an intimate semicircular seating a rea adjacent to the huge, curved sliding glass doors that lead to the aft deck.
The sky lounge has been designed to provide several different entertaining and relaxation spaces. Deep sofas line both sides of the room, while to aft a circular arrangement of stools and table creates a laid-back atmosphere.
Ten guests are accommodated in five cabins. The full-beam master suite is situated on the main deck and includes a study and full-beam his and hers marble bathroom. Two double and two twin cabins, all with ensuite marble bathrooms, are located on the lower deck.
  • Length over all:                     44,77m / 146ft 10in
  • Beam over all:                        9,00m / 29ft 6in
  • Draught:                                  2,81m / 9ft 3in
  • Displacement:                        280 tons
  • Maximum speed:                   25 knots
  • Range at 12 knots:                 3.200Nm (Trans-Atlantic)
  • Fuel capacity:                         69.000 litres / 18.250 US Gallons
  • Fresh Water capacity:          16.000 litres / 4.250 US Gallons
  • Main engines:                         2 x MTU 16V 4000 M90
  • Maximum power:                  2 x 2.720kW
  • Gearbox:                                 2 x ZF 7600
  • Propellers:                              Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.380mm
  • Generators:                             2 x Kilo-Pak
  • Bowthruster:                          HRP 85kW, hydraulically driven
  • Steering system:                    Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine
  • Stabilisers:                              VT Naiad model 820 with 2 fins, zero speed
  • Naval Architect:                     Heesen Yachts
  • Exterior Designer:                 Omega Architects
  • Interior Designer:                  Omega Architects
  • Classification:                         ABS X A1 Yachting Service X AMS
  • Compliancy                             Large commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
  • Hull:                                         Aluminium
  • Superstructure:                      Aluminium
  • Accommodation Guests:       10