Dutch shipyard Heesen has proudly unveiled to the world their new 180-ft/55-meter superyacht Vida which was launched on January 4th. Formerly known as Project Antares, the yacht is the third in Heesen’s popular 55m FDHF Steel class and she is currently undergoing the systems commissioning phase prior to being prepared for sea trials.
Vida’s sleek exterior lines are the handiwork of Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, while the owner worked with Be Design Associates from Florida who had already worked on several residential properties on his behalf to style the interior spaces. Use of full length windows to maximize natural light and soft warm colors throughout has given the yacht a welcoming home-away-from-home feel.
Highlights onboard include the 80 square meter owner’s suite on the main deck and an eye-catching onyx arch in the main saloon. In total she can receive up to 12 overnight guests in five comfortable cabins on her lower deck. In addition to these high comfort levels, Vida also delivers on performance with a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising range of 4500 nautical miles at 13 knots. These impressive stats have been achieved largely thanks to her innovative hull design by van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Vida’s new master is a seasoned American yacht owner who collaborated closely with Heesen during the design and construction process to tweak the yacht to match his exact needs. With the owner planning to use Vida as a base during fishing expeditions, her design has been customized to allow her to refuel and re-charge two of her owner’s sport fishing boats without the need to return to port. The next step for Vida will be extensive sea trials in the North Sea before she is deemed ready for delivery to her owner in the spring of 2019.