Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of its latest construction, YN 17947, which has been christened M/Y Book Ends. At 47m, the displacement yacht is the first superyacht to be delivered from the shipyard this year, which, according to SuperyachtIntelligence.com, has a further nine yachts under construction with a combined LOA of 467m.

Having been designed by Frank Laupman of Omega architects, Book Ends is the ninth yacht created based on the proven 47m platform. The tri-deck’s instantly recognisable profile certainly emanates the shipyard’s trademark style, with a slightly sloped, rounded bow and neatly defined decks. The interior styling comes from the boards of London-based design studio Bannenberg & Rowell, which has been described by the shipyard as “rich and luxurious”, having been inspired by the theme of kinetic energy.

Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, Book Ends in fact exceeded her contractual speed, by 0.6 knots, during her sea trials.

Currently cruising towards Gibraltar, Book Ends finds herself in moderate sea conditions with long waves according to the shipyard. “If feels very safe as Book Ends’ structure is solid – Dutch solid,” comments her captain. “The vessel is very responsive and accepts immediately. The use of the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit makes for a very quick reaction when the steering tiller is moved, even the slightest amount. We can’t wait to welcome the owners on board their new home away from home,” the captain concludes.

Having been sold to an experienced American yachtsman, Book Ends will spend the summer season cruising the Mediterranean and then cross the Atlantic to make an appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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