Heesen Yachts has announced that its latest 42.4m (139ft) motoryacht was launched at its facility in Oss in late August. The owner has christened her Alive.
Alive (hull 17042) is equipped with Hull Vane, an under water foil used as a fuel saving device, and her design represents a significant advancement in performance.
“The sub-sea wing harnesses waves to produce power; this combined with the fast displacement hull and conventional diesel engines produce remarkable results,” says Heesen in a statement. The Dutch shipyard says these results have been proven during independent research conducted by Van Oossanen Naval Architects at Wolfson Unit and Marin, two of the world’s most respected hydrodynamic laboratories.
Perry van Oossanen comments: “We are delighted and proud to see that the first luxury vessel equipped with Hull Vane is ready to sail the oceans. Heesen Yachts is proving once again to be a shipyard that dares to innovate by investing in smart technology.”
Heesen says Alive is 35% more efficient than any other yacht of her size and 35% less power is needed to produce almost 16 knots top speed in flat sea conditions. In seas with 1-2 metre waves, rather than hindering her performance, the yacht’s Hull Vane technology converts the movement and generates 20% more thrust and comfort is improved as the pitching is reduced by 40%. Like an aircraft, as the yacht moves through water, the wing produces lift. This patented Hull Vane technology converts this movement into thrust.
In addition, the design of Alive allows her owner to prioritise economy and speed. With a range of 4.000 miles, over 750 miles come free of charge thanks to her frugal fuel consumption that is 30% less than on a conventional displacement yacht.
The exterior design has been created by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who is also responsible for her interior design. Laupman has created a new bow design that combines a lower hull profile, and matches sea keeping behaviour with a relatively short overall length. The yacht can accommodate up to twelve guests in the outdoor and indoor convivial areas.
Alive will undergo extensive sea trials in the North Sea later in fall and will be delivered to her owner on October 31, 2014.