'A Challenge and an Inspiration': Heesen Launches 60m Project Falcon

By Freya Cottrell

Heesen Yachts is thrilled to announce the launch of its new 60m motor yacht Project Falcon. Hailed as the most elaborate and sophisticated design in the shipyard’s history, she was launched on the water on July 22nd 2021.

Embodying the pioneering spirit that has been embedded in the DNA of Heesen Yachts since its founding by Frans Heesen in 1978, Project Falcon is pushing boundaries within the superyacht industry. Shipyard CEO Arthur Brouwer commented, "This very large and complex project was both a challenge and an inspiration." He added, “The market is pushing towards increasingly large and voluminous yachts, and we are ready to meet that demand."

The muscular profile of the 60m superyacht is enhanced by the chiselled exterior lines that were designed by Omega Architects. Omega also introduced a ‘bird’s wing’ motif - for the aptly named Project Falcon - that serves to visually integrate the main deck, bridge and sundeck of the vessel. 

Lighting plays a prominent role in the design of Project Falcon and whilst the vast floor-to-ceiling windows flood the superyacht with natural light during the day, a suite of underwater lights produce an ethereal glow around the boat at night emphasising the impressive architecture of the vessel.

The elegant and intricate interior was created by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and features six staterooms that can accommodate twelve guests in addition to the owner’s private apartment on the bridge deck. Paul Costerus of Sinot states: "Each detail was crafted to meet the highest standards of sophistication and opulence. The Sinot ethos for distinctive aesthetics is seen in the use of rare woods and veneers, fine fabrics, exquisite leathers, and bespoke metal and glass, as well as custom-built furniture and lighting." 

Guests arriving by helicopter can be welcomed on the sundeck as there is an additional reception area beside the touch and go helipad - an ingenious idea developed between both the Heesen engineering team and the owner.

Owing to a Fast Displacement Hull Form, Project Falcon is a highly efficient vessel with a range of 4200 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots and a top speed of 17.5 knots. This is due to the two MTU 12V4000 M65L diesel engines that power her.

The yacht will now remain at Heesen for commissioning before moving to Rotterdam, where she will then proceed for trials and tests in the North Sea ahead of delivery in December.

"This has been an immensely complex but satisfying project, which has given rise to some very creative solutions."

Rick van de Wetering, shipyard COO

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"This has been an immensely complex but satisfying project, which has given rise to some very creative solutions."

Rick van de Wetering, shipyard COO
By Freya Cottrell
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