The Owner’s team chose a Greek coin featuring Poseidon and a galloping horse to celebrate the start of construction on this new yacht. Glued to a steel plate, this ancient depiction of the Greek god of the sea was welded to the keel.
The project is managed by Arcon Yachts of Monaco and marks their third collaboration with Heesen. “Working with this Dutch shipyard is always a pleasure and we appreciate their quality and dedication. The keel laying is a milestone in the construction of Sparta and we cannot wait to see this project take shape!”
At 67 metres and with an internal volume of approximately 1,200 Gross Tons, Project Sparta is the largest steel-hulled displacement motor yacht built by Heesen to date. Her ultra-efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form, an iteration of the patented design by van Oossanen, is complimented above the waterline by a dynamic profile from the drawing board of Winch Design. Powered by two MTU 12V4000 M65R diesel engines, she will reach a top speed of 16 knots, with a transatlantic cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Perry van Oossanen of van Oossanen Naval Architects commented: “The Fast Displacement Hull Form of Project Sparta, combined with the sleek design by Winch and the optimized building methodology by Heesen, makes this yacht really stand out in terms of performance and efficiency. With engines quite typical for a yacht this size, she will easily reach her contract speed and outrun other yachts of this size and power, both in speed and range.”
Project Sparta’s elegant sheer connects an eye-catching and assertive bow to an inviting transom area that features a stepped aft deck and a 6.5-metre infinity pool. Indoor and outdoor spaces blend harmoniously to create a perfect haven for family life and relaxation. By incorporating a raised pilothouse, Winch Design has given the yacht a bold and sporty profile.
Outstanding design maximises every corner of her interior volume in both hull and superstructure. The layout reflects the lifestyle of the Owner, who is an experienced yacht connoisseur. The full-beam salon on the main deck, a feature unique on a vessel of this size, makes Project Sparta a true “pocket mega-yacht”, as Andrew Winch likes to call her.
“Once again we are delighted to have a very collaborative and decisive client with a clear lifestyle brief” commented Jim Dixon, Director of Yachts at the London studio. “The arrangement of the vessel seamlessly connects the activity of water-side living at the aft ‘terrace’ with the calm and beautifully-coloured interior”
The indoor dining area connects seamlessly to the aft deck terrace, sheltered on both sides for optimal comfort both at anchor and when underway. Four guest suites are located forward on the main deck. Thanks to a sliding partition, the two forward cabins can be quickly transformed into a luxurious full-beam VIP, offering great versatility to Project Sparta’s guest accommodation.
An offset spiral staircase encircling a glass elevator serves all three decks. As well as the crew quarters and galley, the lower deck houses a luxurious walk-in wellness area, complete with oval Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium.
The Owner has reserved the entire bridge deck for himself, with two suites – one located forward with a private outdoor lounge, and the other facing aft, with access to outdoor dining and lounging areas on a private terrace. Up on the sundeck, the focus of attention is the bar and the Jacuzzi, surrounded by large sun pads.
A crew of fourteen and two staff will be able to operate quickly and discreetly thanks to carefully designed movement flows on all three decks. Provisioning is made simple thanks to a shell door on the port side, while tenders and toys are conveniently stowed in a forward garage with gull-wing hatches.