Dutch yard Heesen has announced that the hull and superstructure has been joined on Project Falcon, its largest steel yacht to date.
The construction milestone took place on 28th September at the yard’s Oss facility and the yacht is on course for delivery in 2021. This development comes one year after the laying of the keel.
Sold in February 2018, the 60-metre (197-foot) Project Falcon is Heesen’s largest yacht overall by gross tonnage with a 1,060GT interior.
Known as hull number YN19360, Project Falcon features exterior styling by Omega Architects, which Heesen describes as “clean and chiselled”. Lighting will play a significant part, with "magnificent" underwater lights illuminating the boat at night.
Omega Architects has struck a fine balance between contemporary exterior styling and a flexible 1,060GT interior that offer great views out to sea through full-height windows and over lowered bulwarks. Heesen previously explained that the amidships superstructure has been styled to resemble a bird's wing, visually integrating the upper three decks.
Meanwhile, the interior design brief has been handed to Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. The result will be a "holistic" connection between the interior and exterior design and "the fluid indoor/outdoor connection remains uninterrupted”.
Accommodation is for up to 16 guests across seven cabins, including an upper-deck master suite with its own private aft deck, an upper-deck VIP situated amidships, and a lower-deck VIP with private access to a main-deck twin cabin. Four further lower-deck cabins complete the guest layout, while the crew quarters allows for up to 14 crew members.
Power will come from a pair of MTU 12V4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 17.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,200 nautical miles when trimmed back to 13 knots, thanks to Project Falcon's ultra-efficient fast displacement hull form.
Project Falcon is one of 12 yachts currently under construction at the Oss-based yard, with deliveries scheduled to span through to 2023.
Source: Boat International