Vida From Heesen Yachts

Launched in the early part of 2019, Vida, a 55-metre superyacht from the Dutch shipyard Heesen has now been delivered to her owners in time for the start of the summer cruising season in the Mediterranean.

Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF (fast displacement hull form) Steel class, which features a butch looking exterior by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The clean profile is due to the absence of fashion plates and the design is characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.

The Owner, an experienced American yachtsman, worked closely with the shipyard’s technical team to customise 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.

Vida at sunset
Vida at sunset – Photo credit: Giovanni Romero

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 Margerita Casprini and brought in a feeling of being at home. The use of natural materials and finishes along with a soft and warm colour palette contribute to creating a comfortable and sophisticated ambiance.

This is the first new-build yacht for Be Design, and they approached the project with fresh eyes while working closely with the shipyard’s interior engineers. Central to the work of Be Design and the Heesen team, was the selection of materials and finishes that offer both environmental performance and long-term durability in the marine environment.

Twelve guests are accommodated in five suites located on the lower deck and a magnificent 80m2 owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck. Further, a stunning backlit onyx arch in the main saloon will guarantee a wow effect when boarding Vida.

Vida's beautiful staircase
Vida’s beautiful staircase – Photo credit: David Churchill

At 55m and 740GT, Vida offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and frugal fuel consumption that gives a working range of 4,500nm at 13 knots, a product of her hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects.

This is also the first yacht in the Heesen fleet to comply with the latest exhaust emission regulations thanks to a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system that reduces NOx in exhaust emissions in line with the stringent IMO Tier III regulations. In addition, Vida is built to Lloyds 100A1 SSC YACHT G6 [✠] LMC LARGE COMMERCIAL YACHT LY3.

Vida undertook rigorous sea trials in the North Sea during March and April During four days of tests she exceeded her contracted top speed, reaching 16.4 knots with noise and vibration levels that remained in line with specifications.

She has now been delivered to her owners. and will make her official show debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September after spending the summer cruising in the Mediterranean.


Length Overall:       55.00 Metres
Beam Overall:         9.60 Metres
Draught:                  2.75 Metres
Maximum Speed:     15.5 Knots
Hull Type:                Displacement
Hull-Material:         Steel
Range at 13 Knots:  4,500 Nautical Miles
Guests:                     12
Cabins:                     Full-Beam Owner’s Stateroom; Three Double Guest Suites; One Twin Guest Suite

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Authors’ Bios:

Frances and Michael Howorth are an award-winning team of travel writers specialising in coverage of luxury yachts both large and small and are our yachting correspondents.

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