This is Sparta

Dutch superyacht builder Heesen has launched its largest steel yacht to date, the 67-metre Winch-designed Sparta.

22 June 2023


Dutch superyacht builder Heesen is no stranger to yacht launches, having delivered some of the most advanced and striking builds over its 45-year history. On 9 June it reached another milestone with the launch of project YN 20067, now named Sparta. At 67 metres, she is the largest steel motoryacht to emerge from the yard to date.

Sparta grew out of a concept the yard presented with Winch Design at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2018. The design has remained true to the original concept, with only minor adjustments made to the swimming pool. Winch Design expertly incorporated Heesen’s DNA to create a unique, low-profile, sporty, and elegant yacht.

She sports a classic Snow White livery with a contemporary touch: metallic Venetian red and metallic anthracite grey accents. The yacht’s profile is characterised by a reverse bow, which augments her apparent length and emphasises her slender form, complimented by a sweep of thermobonded tinted glass from bow to stern.

“At Heesen, we take pride in our ability to create complex custom yachts that are expertly engineered and built to meet the highest Dutch quality standards,” says Peter van der Zanden, Head of Engineering at Heesen.


“Our team eagerly embraces the challenges posed by full-custom yachts. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase the exceptional levels of excellence we can achieve. Sparta is a testament to our commitment to delivering the finest superyachts.”

Family and togetherness are key themes on board, and the centre of the social whirl is on the main deck aft, where a full-beam main saloon connects with the low, open-air beach terrace. A transformer passerelle platform provides easy access to the water, while the 6.5-metre infinity pool offers a visual link between onboard life and the vastness of the ocean.

The yacht’s outdoor spaces feature custom-designed furniture by Winch Design that has been beautifully crafted by Siebensee and Leerdam. Sparta sports a forward garage that hides a matching custom limo tender along with various water toys.

Winch Design made the most of the yacht’s generous 1,200 gt interior volume. There are two separate owner’s suites on a private deck and four guest suites on the main deck. A movable partition separates the forward suites to create a full-beam VIP or a large playroom for younger family members. An elegant staircase and glass elevator serve all three decks.

The lower deck is home to a 65-square-metre Japanese-inspired wellness area, featuring an elliptical whirlpool, steam room, sauna, gym, and beauty area.

“This is the fifth project we have built with Heesen, and the mutual trust that has grown up between us is particularly gratifying,” says Richard Kaye of Arcon Yachts, who has been working with Sparta‘s owners as Project Manager.

“We know our input is valued, and we hold the expertise of this Dutch shipyard and the unrivalled quality it delivers in the highest esteem.”

The Winch Design interior is based around three different elements, with each deck representing a different component: the lower deck is themed around water, the main deck around earth, and the upper deck around air. Linking all the elements are the staggered panels of an oak staircase by London furniture maker Alex Hull, with vertical lighting to bring its intricate carving to life.

The earth-themed main saloon features dining chairs with seat backs upholstered in real palm leaf. In the relaxed seating area, a large coffee table takes centre stage, made from two parts of a dark-stained trunk of oak, and featuring a leaf-shaped, forest green marble top with a leather finish, to provide a tactile and 3D effect.

The decor of the master suite on the upper deck aft beautifully captures the lightness of air, using soft fabrics, sky blues, mother-of-pearl inlays and an abstract patterned Tai Ping carpet. In contrast, the forward section is centred around the theme of space, with a constellation wall artwork as the focal point.

Sparta‘s stunning interior features exquisite cabinetwork created by Heesen Yachts Interiors, with technical areas and crew quarters crafted at the shipyard. Heesen is one of the few shipyards in the world to own its fine cabinet-making company in Winterswijk in the eastern Netherlands.

Sparta will now undergo the final commissioning phases in our harbour before heading to the North Sea for intensive sea trials.



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