Heesen sells 50-metre VanTom


Heesen Yachts HY18050 M/Y VanTom

After a two-year build and trialling process, Netherlands shipyard Heesen has delivered its sixth 50-metre, semi-displacement yacht M/Y VanTom to its owner.

The yacht was sold in 2015 to its owner under the name Project Alba.

VanTom was launched at a private ceremony at the company’s Oss shipyard in Norway back in November – and then went on to finish its intensive sea trials. The trials took place in the North Sea on the 12 and 29 January, where the yacht sailed in Beaufort 4 and 6 intensity winds.

After the testing, the semi-displacement yacht was sailed back to its owner for the final delivery on the 14 February.

Its Captain, David Burge, noted that the yacht performed well in the intense North Sea trial, saying: “During sea trials, the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even whilst proceeding at a speed of over 20 knots with a sea running. I am most excited about our maiden voyage down to the Mediterranean Sea and very much look forward to the 2018 summer cruising season.”

As well as riding smooth, the yacht exceeded the top-speed expectations expected by 0.3 knots, reaching 20.3 knots on the trials. At a cruising speed of 11 knots, the yacht has a range of 3,100 nautical miles. VanTom weighs in below the 500 gross tonnes threshold.

The yacht was sold in December 2015 by brokerage house Camper & Nicholson. It was already under construction by the Dutch shipyard and was originally expected to reach a top speed of 23 knots, a figure subsequently modified in the testing process.

Arne Ploch at Camper & Nicholsons, who represented the client’s commercial interests during the construction, said: “It was a real pleasure to work with Heesen throughout this new build for the past two years. It’s been a smooth relationship based on mutual trust and respect, the way it should be when building a new yacht. It has been a great experience for the owner and his team.”