Published in: Sunday, 12 December 2010
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Heesen - Sky

Heesen’s 2010 launch Sky, a 50-metre modernistic marvel dedicated to an angular, masculine style, leaves plenty of party space for fun-loving yachtsmen

Heesen Yachts of the Netherlands has made a name for itself producing some of the finest all-aluminium yachts on the sea. In particular, the Heesen name became associated with fast, semi-planing yachts for owners that wanted the luxury of a displacement boat, but the speed and thrill of an open motoryacht. In 2010, Heesen launched the 50.5-metre Sky, a full-displacement yacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure that, thought not the speed machine that Heesen is famous for, nonetheless bears the looks of a yacht on the move.

Start with the exteriors. The masculine look of Sky, with its “shark grey topsides” on the hull, with the sleek lines and darkened glass, creating predatory shapes, leads you to think that Sky has been misnamed. This is a full displacement yacht that looks like it should be moving at 35 knots, not its cruise speed of 12 knots.

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Yet, if there is a statement that is being made in this yacht, it is simply that the Sky is mine. The masculine look of the exterior finds its way throughout the yacht. The exterior design was the work of Heesen, and their regular partners, Omega Architects. The high bow is extended to the midships, then drops dramatically. This is matched against a very aggressively raked superstructure. When viewed bow on or from the front quarter, you get the feeling that Sky is charging down on you. If the aim of the owner and designers was to make the little guys feel humble, they will be happy to know that they’ve succeeded.

Heading inside, one finds that the masculine finishing and detailing have been ramped up, if anything. There are many superyachts in the world where the conventional exterior belies a zany (or insane) interior. There even a few where a flamboyant exterior belies a rather conservative interior. But with Sky, what you see is what you get.

Start with the predominant materials – Makassar wood, pale cream ceramics, leather and carbon fibre, with stainless steel detailing. The resulting contrasts, when combined with what interior designer Mark Sumer called a “linear spatial quality”, with sharp lines and angles, and you get a look that would could perhaps be called, “penultimate GQ.”

Start on the top deck. Everything in the aft-facing sun saloon is underpinned by a wave rug by Stark. The entire room is flooded with light from floor to ceiling windows, which give the reason why this yacht is named Sky. A neat division of the twin, circular settees and central table creates a space that is both convivial and yet keeps enough openness to allow passage through to the aft deck area, where there is covered dining for up to 12 guests. A barbeque unit is installed in this area, letting guest chill out with a view of the sky and something meaty to chew on. This is a masculine yacht after all.

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Up top, the captain’s quarters are just behind the bridge deck, yielding private access to the controls, most of which are push-button. Event the bridge has been given a masculine touch, with fine finishings in leather and carbon fibre.

Above the bridge deck, there is the sky deck, and on a yacht named Sky, you’d expect something exceptional. You wouldn’t be disappointed. Located right in the middle of the sky deck is a compact yet very functional gym. From here, with floor to ceiling windows, specially glazed to allow exercisers to enjoy the view without being seen, commanding views of the sea are on offer while you trim the previous night’s excesses.

After that workout, the rest of the sundeck is ready for perusal, and here, owner and guests will find plenty to enjoy. Sunpads and lounge areas are plentiful, as is a large octagonal Jacuzzi located at the forward-most area of the sundeck. Here, bathers simply unwind with a commanding view of the area.

On the fantastic main deck, guests will find a main saloon and dining area that offers large areas that have been nicely cornered off without sacrificing the sense of space and openness that yachtsmen value. Low partitions separate the dining area, with its Makassar table, from a lounge area in the saloon. Here, white leather settees and a glass centrepiece table, with dark inlays and stainless steel trim, provide give the look of a uber-stylish bachelor’s pad.

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