Heading back towards the aft area of the main deck, one finally passes a semi-circular bar that can comfortably serve guests from the bar stools, or guests in the saloon, or those who are lingering in the aft area just beyond the semi-circular glass doors. In short, it’s one large entertaining area that looks and feels sectioned off enough to give smaller groups time to get better acquainted.
Rather than opting for a central access route from aft deck to dining area, the access and passageway has been kept to the starboard side. Heading forward, this carries on past the main entrance and central staircase, to the forward area master cabin.
The master cabin is full beam, but oddly for a yacht of this size, the bed faces aft. The bachelor’s pad theme keeps going here (unsurprisingly), as angular themes and black and white materials and fabric set the tone. On the ceiling, a huge mirror helps broadcast the action, while wood tones help soften the look. Polished stainless steel helps complete an atmosphere that is at once urbane, yet benefiting from a natural appearance.
The master cabin area has in fact been split in two, with a huge portion of this space given over to a large bathroom/spa area. The bath is accessed via a port-side doorway forward of the master. A large and deep tub is faced off against the main sink and vanity area. The tub is see-through and ringed by vinyl padding around the rim.
In an interesting twist, a slatted barrier with glass divides the master cabin from the master bath, replicating the semi-division partitioning that prevails in the main saloon/dining area.
Heading down one deck, one ends up in the in the guest cabin area. Four ensuite cabins are found, each accessed via the central hallway that is the basin for the staircase. The staircase itself is a good example of a softening technique used throughout Sky. The technique involves using light reflected off opaque or semi-polished surfaces, which has the effect of creating a slightly dream-like quality in the interior.
Twin cabins are paired against VIP cabins, with the VIP rooms hosting beds that are positioned at a 45-degree angle in the corners, thus creating added space on each side of the bed.
Crew quarters are kept forward, with ample space for both crew members and for lengthy stays, with plenty of storage. The crew quarters also easily access the galley via discrete staircase. The galley itself is enormous, and has plenty of storage space plus work counter area to keep the food and beverages flowing.
Towards the back on the lower deck is the tender room and toy area. Here, one finds the custom tender by Frauscher, powered by an inboard V6 diesel engine. There are also two jet skis for more hair-raising times. The tender is launched directly off the back via a roller-track system that deploys over the aft swim platform.
Forward of the toy-room lies the spacious engine room, where maintenance shouldn’t be much of an issue for Sky’s engineer, whose cabin is sound-proofed and right next to the engine room (lucky fellow). The engine room houses two V8 MTU 4000 M70 series engines to push Sky to her 12 knot cruise speed. At ten knots, Sky can travel 3200 nautical miles on her hull. That hull has since become well-known for her stability at anchor, even without stabilisers activated.
With her sleek styling, both inside and out, Sky is one of Heesen’s Yachts largest launches to date, and undoubtedly, one Heesen’s highest reaching achievements.
Technical Specifications – Sky
Hull type: Twin screw, round bilge, displacement motor-yacht
Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Omega Architects
Interior Designer: Mojo-Stumer Associates
Classification: Lloyd's, 100A1, SSC YACHT, LMCMS Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Hull material: Steel
Superstructure material: Aluminium
Length overall: 50.5 m (165ft 8in)
Beam overall: 9.6 m (31ft 6in)
Draft: 3.1 m (10ft 2in)
Tonnage: 655 GT (approx.)
Displacement (50% load): 485 tonnes
Maximum speed (Half load): 14.5 knots
Range at 12 knots: 3,200 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 80.0 m3 21,130 US Gallons
Fresh water: 20.0 m3 5,280 US Gallons
Main engines: 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M70 diesels
Maximum power: 2 x 1.160 kW
Gearboxes: 2 x ZF 4661
Engine control: MTU Blue vision, three control stands
Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak, each 150kW at 50Hz
1 x Kilo-Pak, emergency, 50kW at 50Hz
Bow-thruster: Electrically driven HRP, 110 kW
Steering system: Sperry Marine Systems, type 2.S.25.35.2
Rudders: Two stainless steel rudders with stainless steel
Stabilizers: VT Naiad, type 820 with 2 fins of 4.17 m2