Heesen marks milestone

Heesen has reached a milestone in the construction of the 57-metre Project Setteesettanta after laying its keel.

20 December 2023


Heesen has laid the keel of the 57-metre full custom YN 20857, code-named Project Setteesettanta. The keel-laying ceremony took place on 14 December 2023 in the presence of a Lloyd’s Register surveyor at the Dutch boatbuilder’s shipyard in Oss.

The experienced yacht owners were also there to celebrate this milestone in the construction of their yacht and welded the traditional “good luck coin” to section two of their new yacht.

Exterior styling is by Omega Architects, while Cristiano Gatto has been entrusted with looking after the interior design and will represent the owners as their advisor during the build, while Hugo Morgan-Harris is in charge of the technical side.

“I’ve been working with Heesen for many years, and between us, we have over twelve projects under our belt,” says Gatto. “Over time, we’ve developed a relationship of mutual trust and respect through working on both full custom and series projects.”


Gatto adds that his new role of client representative will allow him and his team to make the best of their detailed knowledge of how Heesen operates. “Our journey involved crafting bespoke elements, and meticulously avoiding off-the-shelf selections.

“This deliberate choice stems from a profound philosophy that now serves as the cornerstone of our projects — an ethos that embraces the notion of objects as manifestations of craftsmanship, endowed with distinct values, resulting in singular, aesthetically captivating products.

“Thanks to its ultra-detailed design and engineering approach, Setteesettanta will be a one-of-a-kind yacht on the water.”

At 57 metres in length, with an enclosed volume of 920 gt, Project Setteesettanta involves a few firsts for Heesen. It is the first yacht in the fleet to have a bridge on the fourth deck, a special feature for a Heesen yacht.

Despite the fourth deck, Heesen’s traditional sleek appearance is maintained thanks to a light and unobtrusive mast designed by Omega’s Frank Laupman, which blends in with the superstructure. New flat Star Link comm panels that replace the traditional domes also contribute to this clean and neat design.

The owners have reserved the entire upper deck to ensure their privacy. A large master stateroom boasts 180-degree views and a private forward terrace of nearly 200 square metres that can serve as a touch-and-go helipad. The enclosed mooring deck offers increased privacy for the owners and streamlines operations for the crew.

There is a VIP cabin forward on the starboard side of the main deck, adjacent to a fully equipped gym. Four large guest staterooms, two twins and two doubles can be found on the lower deck, while an elegant oval staircase ascends through all four decks, running back-to-back with the crew staircase for space optimisation.


The dining area on the main deck is located towards the stern, adjacent to the aft terrace. Thanks to wide sliding doors, this space seamlessly connects with the outdoors.

New design traits found in some of the most recent Heesen designs include a near-vertical bow and the open transom, complete with a double staircase around a 4-metre infinity pool.

“It’s a great honour that these experienced owners have entrusted us to build them a second yacht,” says Heesen CEO Niels Vaessen. “Project Setteesettanta is quintessentially Heesen.

“A full-custom, 57-metre motor yacht cannot be anything other than perfect, and there isn’t a shipyard in the world with a better knowledge of the techniques and disciplines needed to reach these heights.

“Lightweight aluminium construction requires exacting skills. Today, as we officially begin the construction of their dream yacht, we are delighted to celebrate this milestone together.

The full-custom, all-aluminium superyacht will reach speeds of 18 knots, with a range of 3,900 nautical miles at 12 knots and is scheduled for delivery in 2026.



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