Heesen Yachts launched the new 42.40m christened Alive equipped with Hull VaneⓇ

Alive is the first motor yacht fitted with Hull Vane – an underwater foil system. The sub-sea wing harnesses waves to produce power; this combined with the fast displacement hull and conventional diesel engines produce remarkable results. This has been proven during independent research conducted by Van Oossanen Naval Architects at two of the world’s most respected hydrodynamic laboratories: Wolfson Unit and MARIN.

Alive is 35 per cent more efficient than any other yacht of her size and 35 per cent less power is needed to produce almost 16 knots top speed in flat sea conditions.

In seas with 1-2 metre waves, rather than hindering her performance, the yacht’s Hull Vane® technology converts the movement and generates 20 per cent more thrust and comfort is improved as the pitching is reduced by 40 per cent. Like an aircraft, as the yacht moves through water, the wing produces lift. This patented Hull Vane® technology converts this movement into thrust.

Alive allows her Owner to prioritise economy and speed. With an exceptional range of 4.000 miles, over 750 miles come free of charge thanks to her remarkably frugal fuel consumption that is 30 per cent less than on a conventional displacement yacht.

Perry van Oossanen comments:

“We are delighted and proud to see that the first luxury vessel equipped with Hull Vane® is ready to sail the oceans. Heesen Yachts is proving once again to be a shipyard that dares to innovate by investing in smart technology.”

The bold exterior lines of Alive have been created by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who is also responsible for her interior design. Laupman has created a new bow design that combines a lower hull profile, and matches sea keeping behaviour with a relatively short overall length.

Alive can accommodate up to twelve guests in the outdoor and indoor convivial areas. The 45 square metre open sun deck is perfect for relaxation throughout the day. The yacht boasts two large suites: the first traditionally located on the main deck forward, and the second one on the wheelhouse deck. The latter is a spectacular circular room with a centred king size bed, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and gymnasium. The central positioning of the bed allows stunning, uninterrupted views of the sea thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The 30 square metre aft terrace is equipped with a breakfast table and lounge seats, completing the functionality of the Owner’s deck.

The captain commented on the launch of Alive:

“She is a wonderful vessel that combines the latest achievements in the world of technology and design. For three years we have worked closely with the team at the shipyard to build a vessel that is truly personal and created to meet the highest standards of lifestyle at sea.”

Alive will undergo extensive sea trials in the North Sea later in fall and will be delivered to her Owner on October 31, 2014.

Hull VaneⓇ technology on Alive

Video found via Dutchmegayachts.com

Heesen Yachts ALIVE YN 17042

Main specifications

Length over all:42.40 m
Beam:9.00 m
Draft:2.60 m
Exterior Design:Omega Architects
Naval ArchitectureHeesen Yachts / Van Oossanen Naval Architects
Interior Design:Omega Architects
Engines:2 x MTU 12V 2000 M72 of 1080 kW @ 2.250 rpm
Top Speed:15.9 knots
Cruising Speed:12 knots
Range @ 12 knots:4.000 nm
Fuel Capacity:50.000 l
Classification:ABS A1 Yachting Service AMS Large commercial yacht code LY2
MaterialsSteel (hull) / Aluminum (superstructure)

Hull VaneⓇ

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