Heesen Yachts begins construction of Project Sparta

At 67 metres and with an internal volume of approximately 1200 gross tonnes, Project Sparta will be the largest steel-hulled displacement motor yacht built by Heesen to date. Construction of the yacht kicked off on October 19 by gluing a Greek coin featuring Poseidon and a galloping horse to the keel.

The yacht has a Fast Displacement Hull Form, an iteration of the patented design by Van Oossanen, and has a dynamic profile penned by Winch Design above the waterline. Two MTU 12V4000 M65R diesel engines allow for a top speed of 16 knots, with a transatlantic cruising range of 4500 nautical miles at 12 knots.

‘The Fast Displacement Hull Form of Project Sparta, combined with the sleek design by Winch and the optimised building methodology by Heesen, makes this yacht really stand out in terms of performance and efficiency,’ says Perry van Oossanen of Van Oossanen Naval Architects. ‘With engines quite typical for a yacht this size, she will easily reach her contract speed and outrun other yachts of this size and power, both in speed and range.’

The project is managed by Arcon Yachts of Monaco, which marks their third collaboration with Heesen.

Pocket mega-yacht

Project Sparta features an assertive bow and a transom area that features a stepped aft deck and a 6.5-metre infinity pool. By incorporating a raised pilothouse, Winch Design has given the yacht a sporty profile.

The layout reflects the lifestyle of the owner, who is an experienced yacht connoisseur. The full-beam salon on the main deck, a feature unique on a vessel of this size, makes Project Sparta a true ‘pocket mega-yacht’, as Andrew Winch likes to call it.

Four guest suites are located forward on the main deck. Thanks to a sliding partition, the two forward cabins can be transformed into a full-beam VIP, offering great versatility to the guest accommodation. An offset spiral staircase encircling a glass elevator serves all three decks. As well as the crew quarters and galley, the lower deck houses a luxurious walk-in wellness area, complete with oval Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium.

The bridge deck has been reserved for the owner and features two suites – one located forward with a private outdoor lounge, and the other facing aft, with access to outdoor dining and lounging areas on a private terrace. Up on the sundeck, the focus of attention is the bar and the Jacuzzi, surrounded by large sun pads.

A crew of 14 and 2 staff will be able to operate discreetly thanks to carefully designed movement flows on all three decks. Provisioning is made simple thanks to a shell door on the port side, while tenders and toys are stowed in a forward garage with gull-wing hatches.

Project Sparta will be delivered to the owner in 2023.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.