Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of 50m Sibelle to her owner on March 20th. The fully custom, plumb bowed, fast displacement 50m took to the North Sea on February 13 to undergo trials. Sailing in moderate conditions with waves ranging between 0.5m and 1m and winds between 13 and 19knots, Sibelle exceeded contractual speed and proved to be both maneuverable and quiet.

Perry van Oossanen, naval architect, comments: “The first of a kind. A fast displacement hull form with radical styling that includes a vertical stem and very strict requirements from the owner has really pushed the boundaries of yacht design. To see all this come together so beautifully after five years of hard work designing and building, is a great feeling. All of us at Van Oossanen naval architects are proud to be part of this unique project!”

The build captain of Sibelle echoed the positive sentiments, “We are very pleased by the behavior of Sibelle at sea. The speed trials – conducted without the use of stabilisers – took place in slightly uncomfortable seas with waves hitting us on the beam: the vessel proved to be stable and extremely maneuverable. The most remarkable feature is her frugal fuel consumption: at top speed (19 knots) she uses 600 litres an hour, and at cruising speed (15.1 knots) it is only 220 litres an hour.

Sibelle’s exterior and interior design were provided by Frank Laupman of Omega architects, assisted in the refinement of the design details by Mikhail Labazov and Andrei Savin from Architectural Bureau A-B Studio. Sibelle’s exterior lines are emphasised by contrasting bands of wraparound glass that give her a noteworthy appearance.

Mark Cavendish, sales and marketing director at Heesen Yachts concludes, “Sibelle exemplifies Heesen’s ability to create fully custom yachts that reflect the individuality of the client. We help out visionary owners to craft their unique vessel and provide them with the highest standard of engineering developed in over 35 years of experience.”

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