Heesen starts the new year with the delivery of Iris Blue, the first of many yachts due to be handed to owners in 2024.
A few weeks into 2024, and Heesen Yachts in the Netherlands has already delivered its first superyacht to one of its clients.
Codenamed YN 20255 and formerly known as Project Apollo, this restyled 55-metre steel vessel, which has an ultra-efficient and comfortable Steel Fast Displacement Hull Form, now sports the “Iris Blue” moniker.
The yacht was handed over following extensive North Sea trials across a three-day period, where Iris Blue was put through her paces and was tested in rough sea conditions, with waves up to 1.7 metres in height and with winds gusting up to 28 knots (around 32 mph).
The exterior of the Oss-built yacht was brought to fruition by Omega Architects, where the firm opted for a larger expanse of floor-to-ceiling glass without mullions in the main saloon.
They then took the opportunity to give a slightly more aggressive look to the profile by using continuous sheets of tinted glass.
The horizontal lines stretch the optical length and balance the air draft whilst the overall design creates a more assertive stance on the water.
The Interior design and layout is the work of Luca Dini Design & Architecture, and there are six cabins in total, capable of accommodating up to 12 people.
The owner’s quarters feature a veranda on the starboard side – an outdoor area boasting complete privacy, which is a truly transformative innovation, and the 78-square-metre stateroom now includes new walk-in wardrobes. In addition, 13 crew can be hosted in seven cabins.
With the revised 55-metre series, the layout of the 76-gross-tonne Iris Blue has also been reconfigured to create a larger sundeck with a bar around the whirlpool.
On the main deck, the central atrium has been modernised, with a wider and revised main staircase, while there is an additional set of steps from the wheelhouse deck up to the sun deck to facilitate crew access.
The specification equally counts a 100,000-litre fuel tank and a maximum speed of 15.5 knots courtesy of two MTU 8V 4000 M63 engines.
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Photo credit: Ruben Griffioen.