Photograph: Hans Esveldt

The 55-metre Serenity, delivered in January, is Heesen’s biggest displacement yacht to date and the yard’s fifteenth in all. The owner can be sure he’s getting a fit-for-purpose vessel as the North Sea in midwinter provided a rigorous sea trial, with a Force 6-7 and three- metre swells, through which Serenity cruised without breaking sweat. That’s as good an endorsement of the hull form, designed by Van Oossanen Associates, as you can possibly want. The exterior and interior have been styled by Frank Laupman and Omega Architects.

Inside, there is room for 12 guests, with an owner’s suite on the main deck that boasts balconies either side. Below, there is a full-beam VIP, as well as two doubles and two twins. On the sundeck there is space for a steam bath, sauna and massage room.


Data: Length: 55.00m (180ft 5in).

Beam: 10.10m (33ft 2in).

Engines: Twin 1,320kW (1,770hp) MTUs.

Top speed: 15 knots.

Range @ 10 knots: 6,000nm.

Guests: 12.