Heesen Yachts, a world leader in aluminium construction, announced the delivery of VanTom, the sixth yacht in the popular 50 metre semi-displacement class designed by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. The superyacht was delivered to her owner in international waters on February 14, 2018.
Prior to delivery, VanTom had undergone intensive tests in the rough winter waves of the North Sea. The sea trials took place on January 12 and 29 in Beaufort 4 and 6, with North westerly winds and waves up to one metre. Captain David Burge said: “During sea trials, the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even whilst proceeding at a speed of over 23 knots with a sea running. I am most excited about our maiden voyage down to the Mediterranean Sea and very much look forward to the 2018 summer cruising season.”
VanTom exceeded the contractual speed by 0.3 knots, reaching a top speed of 23.3 knots, while at 11 knots she has a transatlantic range of 3,100 nautical miles. With a Gross Tonnage of below the 500GT threshold, VanTom features a highly efficient hard-chine hull and propulsion system that is both quiet and vibration-free, even at higher speeds.
The Heesen 5000 Aluminium class has proven to be a revolutionary offering. Hinging on a semi-custom platform, the pioneering concept enables clients to have a yacht they can customise that relies on proven design and technology, reducing both client costs and construction times.
Photos by Dick Holthuis
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