A new Heesen in top-notch condition is always going to be a sought-after option on the brokerage market. So sought-after, in fact, that very few appear seriously for sale in the early stages of their product lifecycle. As such, the 47m Heesen, Book Ends, which was listed for sale by Ocean Independence (click here to view the listing page) at the end of August, will undoubtedly pique the interest of eagle-eyed buyers when she attends the Monaco Yacht Show next week.
“It’s rare these days that you get a boat in like-new condition appearing on the market for sale so soon after delivery,” explains Thom Conboy, president of the Americas at Ocean Independence. “Right now, there is not a Northern European boat on the market that is full-displacement and under 500 gross tons, at this age and price, so she’s standalone. The owner has been incredibly happy with the boat and the reason he’s selling is because we're in late discussions on a new 55m at Heesen.”
Book Ends was originally being built on speculation under the code name Project Ruya, featuring the exterior styling of Omega Architects and the interior design of Bannenberg & Rowell. It was nigh-on the day of delivery when experienced yachtsman, Bob Book – whose previous yachts include a Westport 112 and a Sunseeker – visited the yard and purchased the vessel with no thinking time required.
In an exclusive conversation with The Superyacht Report during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last year, Book said, “I’m a sucker for exceptional attention to detail and Dutch-built quality. I’ve been in a lot of engine rooms in my time and you can tell a good boat by the state of the engine room. On this boat, it’s impeccable. Some of the boats I looked at in Italy were very pretty inside, but the harnessing on the wires and the labelling was a mess – and it’s those little things that cause you problems later on.”
“Right now, there is not a Northern European boat on the market that is full-displacement and under 500 gross tons, at this age and price, so she’s standalone.”
The small detailing of the Bannenberg & Rowell-designed interior is immaculate. It’s the hinges on the beautiful, heavy-duty doors that caught my attention upon my visit. The Books love bright colours, especially orange, which is symbolic of this particular construction. “The owner has personalised the boat and made some changes to the sky lounge, with all new cushions and furniture,” Conboy continues. “But, that’s the nice thing about buying a spec boat – it’s a clean canvas to work with. The owner did a really great job on the boat, that’s for sure.”
Conboy says she’s worth every euro of her €29.9 million price tag and priced right where she should be. She has been maintained to an impeccable standard by Book – for example, at the time of my visit to the vessel last year, Book had just had the boat shipped to Fort Lauderdale from the Mediterranean on Dockwise and his crew had shrink-wrapped the entire boat for the journey. He has done everything he can to maintain her condition.
“The boat presents the best quality and the best price,” Conboy continues. “If we don’t get the right price for her at the Monaco Yacht Show, she’ll be in Barcelona over winter.”
For buyers who are looking for a top quality, like-new boat that is ready for immediate delivery and will see minimal depreciation with a diligent maintenance plan, Book Ends is a great option.
She is available for sale at the MYS this week through Ocean Independence and will be in berth T04 on T-Central.
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