The 50-metre Heesen superyacht Sibelle was launched in December and is currently undergoing sea trials for a handover later this month. The all-aluminiun yacht is a tweak of the yard’s Fast Displacement Hull Form, after the owner requested a plumb bow. Sibelle can reach a top speed of 18.5 knots from her twin 1,000kW MTUs.

Heesen Yachts HY16750 MY Sibelle

“The modest propeller tunnel design allows for 1.5-metre diameter props. The hull is fitted with Quantum XT zero-speed fins, and bilge keels, offering a maximum reduction in roll angle at anchor. The design of the hull, the appendages and the propulsion arrangement has been focused on obtaining the best fuel efficiency possible, without sacrificing performance and comfort when running in waves,” says naval architect Perry van Oossanen. At cruising speed, the hull’s efficiencies means a long-range voyage is possible: only 45,000 litres are required to comfortably transit the Atlantic, leaving plenty in reserve.

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Frank Laupman from Omega architects and Mikhail Labazov and Andrei Savin from Architectural Bureau A-B Studio created the exterior design, the general arrangement and the interior décor. The cosy interior makes use of bleached teak wood panels. Ten guests can be accommodated in five cabins.  The clean and elegant exterior lines are emphasized by contrasting bands of wraparound glass, which trick the eye into thinking they are running parallel, when in reality they are not.

Guests benefit from a large beach club and wellness area equipped with a sauna and accessible directly from the main salon aft through an internal staircase.