Project Skyfall will be delivered to its new owner by 2023


The all-aluminium, 900GT vessel with a top speed of 37kt is the most powerful yacht Heesen has created to date

Heesen Yachts says it has found a buyer for a 59m full-custom, all aluminium yacht that has a top speed of 37kt and is known as Project Skyfall.

“This is the most powerful yacht Heesen has created to date. The yacht will be delivered by 2023,” Mark Cavendish, the Dutch yard’s sales and marketing chief, said at the opening of the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show.

“It is an all-aluminium, 900GT superyacht whose 22,000hp drives four water jets.”

Cavendish and Heesen CEO addressed 300 industry figures – designers, brokers, naval architects, etc – giving them a generally upbeat briefing about Heesen Yachts’ market performance and outlook.

Heesen currently has 12 yachts in build that will be delivered by 2023.

On the downside, Brouwer said Heesen was feeling a “knock-on effect” of a drop in the ranks of the world’s super-rich “for the second year in a decade.” He said Heesen counts on global growth this year of 3.3%, down from 3.6% in 2018. He said he expects global growth to return to 3.6% next year.

Heesen Yachts builds both steel and aluminium yachts in the 40m-80m length bracket.

With a dozen yachts in build, Brouwer said, Heesen is at the limit of its production capacity. This year it opened 2,240sq m of new production space, bringing its total production area to 8,100sq m. The additional space will be the home of Heesen’s interior workshop.

“Despite a somewhat challenging situation, we are very happy with our strong spec-building program,” Brouwer told IBI.

Brouwer said he expected little impact on Heesen’s activities from Brexit, Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU, as yacht-building in Britain is a relatively small sector compared with competing sectors on the continent.