Palmawatch, following superyacht developments…Peter Franklin
Heesen has announced the delivery of the first yacht in its new 50 metre Steel Class: Omaha!
YN 18350, christened Omaha, has been handed over by the Dutch yard, following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favourable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.
This 50-metre steel yacht started on speculation under the project name ‘Maia’ and was sold by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, who represented the commercial interests of the owners during the construction, along with the owners’ representative Wayne Foulis.
Omaha exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots, and proved to be extremely manoeuvrable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. Her round bilge steel hull with bulbous bow provides great comfort for the guests, exceptional sea keeping and unparalleled performance.
YN 18350 is the first in Heesen’s newly designed 50 metre Steel Class, whose exterior lines are by Clifford Denn. With a gross tonnage below the 500GT threshold, this 50m modern displacement yacht is the successor of the 47m Steel Class. Clifford Denn spliced the Heesen DNA with lines inspired by classic car design to create a true blue-water yacht with a bold presence on the water. UK based design studio Reymond Langton created a luxurious but welcoming interior with accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with the Owner’s stateroom located on the main deck forward and four large guest suites on the lower deck.
The vessel is now on her way from the Netherlands to the Med where she will meet her owners.
Meanwhile the Palmawatch team in Mallorca are gearing up for a busy refit season during the coming winter. Being based right inside Palma’s STP shipyard, with the advantage of a new 1000 ton travel lift being commissioned next month, we are urging clients and owners reps to get in touch with us now, for quotations on their yacht refit and maintenance projects. And to make sure that we are able to reserve space for them well in advance!