Heesen: 55m Steel Class Vida Christened

February 22, 2019

Yachting Journal

Photo: Heesen Yachts

Heesen has unveiled the latest yacht in the 55m Steel class, YN 18455. The YN 18455, now christened Vida and formerly known as Project Antares.

Launched earlier this year on January 4, Vida is now entering the systems commissioning phase and is getting ready for sea trials.

Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF Steel class, which features muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.

The owner worked closely with the shipyard’s technical team to customize his yacht. In fact, Vida has some special features to carry out her role as mothership to the owner’s sport fishing fleet, such as the ability to re-fuel and re-charge two sport fishing boats, allowing for several days out at sea without needing to return to base.

To create the interior décor of Vida, the Owner appointed Be Design Associates from Florida with whom he had previously worked on several residential projects. The Be Design team worked on an interior architectural structure penned by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini and brought in a feeling of being at home away from home. The use of natural materials and finishes along with a soft and warm colour palette contribute to creating a comfortable but sophisticated ambiance.

Vida will undergo rigorous sea trials in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in Spring 2019. She will make her official debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September after spending the summer cruising in the Mediterranean.

YN 18455 Vida 55-metre FDHF Steel
LOA : 55m / 180'
Beam: 9.6m / 31.5'
Gross Tonnage: 740GT
Max Speed: 16 knots
Exterior Design: Omega Architects
Interior Design: F. Paszkowsky | M. Casprini
Interior Styling: Be Design
Naval Architecture: Van Oossanen | Heesen

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