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Heesen Yachts has announced that it has signed a contract to build a fully custom 70m (230ft) Fast Displacement all aluminium motoryacht of 1,200gt. The keel of this project, YN 17470, was laid in October and the yacht is due for delivery in spring 2016.

The development of the Fast Displacement hull form has been a prudent move from Heesen as it can deliver serious fuel savings when fuel economy has become an increasing concern amongst yacht owners.

The order is the first in what Heesen expects to become a more popular size. In anticipation of further commercial success, Heesen is expanding its nine hall yard at Oss by extending three of its covered dry dock to accept a 70m hull.

For this first 70m order the owner has chosen Espen Oeino International to design the exterior lines and Sinot Design for the interiors.

Espen Oeino comments: “Espen Oeino International is delighted to collaborate with Heesen Yachts and Sinot Design on what will be Heesen’s largest yacht to date and our first joint project. EOI has put particular emphasis on respecting Heesen’s distinct external appearance whilst incorporating the client’s specific wishes into the design.”

Twelve guests will be accommodated in six staterooms. The large owner’s suite, traditionally located forward on the main deck, will measure some 85 square metres and include a generous dressing room, a spacious bathroom and a study. Four guest cabins will be located on the lower deck with a VIP cabin on the wheelhouse.

Some notable features include: a large infinity pool on the main deck aft; a beach club with a large swimming platform aft and a port-side platform; and a luxury elevator in steel and glass that connects the three decks. The tender garage with gull-wing doors is positioned forward below the foredeck and a touch-and-go helipad will be located forward of the bridge. The sundeck offers flexible sunbathing and shaded areas – it will be partially covered and well protected with sliding doors forward and lateral retractable glass panels will offer shelter from the elements.

The propulsion package provides for three main engines driving two wing propellers and a central booster water-jet giving a trial speed expected to be over 30 knots.

YN 17470 will be fully LY3 compliant. Her crew of 16 will be accommodated in eight cabins all with private shower rooms.