The superyacht was known as Project Ruya up until her launch last week.
Heesen’s 47-metre Project Ruya has been delivered to her experienced American owners and christened Book Ends. The yacht has exterior styling by Omega Architects and a comfortable and modern interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell, centred on the theme of kinetic energy.
“We took the idea of movement as the foundation for the interior,” says Dickie Bannenberg, “so expect a taut, muscular and fluid design with sporty, hi-tech finishes. The ambience will be fresh and light with textiles, carpets and graphics discreetly referencing themes of energy, direction and progress. We feel this is synonymous with Heesen’s progressive and contemporary brand values, and that Project Ruya will be a worthy complement to the Heesen fleet.”
On her maiden voyage down to Gibraltar, the captain complimented her build quality. “It feels very safe as Book Ends’ structure is solid – Dutch solid! The vessel is very responsive and accepts steering commands immediately. The use of the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit makes for a very quick reaction when the steering tiller is moved, even the slightest amount.”
The yacht sleeps 12 guests across five cabins, with a full-beam master forward on the main deck. There is a large table on the bridge deck for al fresco dining and an 85-square-metre sundeck, ideal for entertaining.
The yacht is equipped with two MTU diesel engines 8V 4000 M63 and reached 15.6 knots top speed on her sea trials. The yacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Book Ends will spend the summer season in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic in time to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in early November.