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'SkyFall' to sail on 16MW+

Ship & Boat International eNews: November/December 2020



Heesen has commenced work on SkyFall (initial work pictured, right), a customised 880gt aluminium motor yacht reportedly ordered by a “discerning yachtsman with a passion for speed”. The 60m x 11.3m vessel will be enjoy a top speed of 37knots courtesy of four MTU 20V4000 M93 diesel engines, generating a combined 16,405kW – making this Heesen’s most powerful newbuild to date.


These Tier III-compliant engines will drive four Kongsberg S90 waterjets. Heesen explains: “Waterjet drives lower the yacht’s draught to 2.7m and reduce vibration by 40% compared to traditional shafts and propellers.” As another boost to speed, SkyFall will incorporate Van Oossanen & Associates’ Fast Displacement Hull Form, together with course fins and interceptor trim plates. The yacht will also be equipped with three gyrostabilisers for onboard comfort at low speeds.


SkyFall’s profile was drawn up by Frank Laupman of Dutch design house Omega Architects. The lower deck will accommodate up to 10 guests, while the owner’s suite will span the entire aft section of the bridge deck. Heesen adds: “Sliding doors connect the outside with the indoor seating area and a large bar amidships…an elegant formal dining table seats up to 12 guests.” Other features will include: a cinema; a tender garage; a lazarette in the stern, which can be transformed into a beach club; and a ‘fishing cave’ with stowage for 40 rods. The yacht will be able to carry 100,000litres of fuel and 20,000litres of fresh water.


Classification will be overseen by ABS and the newbuild will also comply with the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Large Commercial Yacht Code (REG-YC). Delivery is scheduled for 2023.