Superyacht of the Week: The stunning 50 metre Heesen Satori
By Jochem Kaan
It's always exciting when new standards are being set in the superyacht industry. On February 25 of this year, Heesen Yachts did just that by launching YN 15250, named Satori. With sleek lines and at 50 metres, she is one of the world's fastest vessels of this size, impressively reaching top speeds of up to 24 knots.
With the Oss, the Netherlands-based shipyard being more than experienced within the scope of 44-47 metre vessels, after launching an impressive seventeen superyachts within this range, this solid base of knowledge was used to develop a new pinnacle for the industry. Being the first in a collection of semi-custom superyachts, Satori paves the way for exciting new ventures in yachting in an eloquently balanced manner.
Combining top speed with highly economical fuel burn, Satori successfully proves eco-friendly design can go hand in hand with top performance, as she currently is the most efficient 50 metres vessel on the market. On top of that, Heesen’s formula of a widely appealing design and cost effectiveness proves to be indispensible in developing a semi-custom superyacht.
Deservedly so, her christening took place during this year's Monaco Grand Prix. By applying to be a member of Monaco's “La Belle Classe Superyacht”-certification, Satori promised to be a swift vessel, yet remaining gentle to her surroundings. This delicate balance is reflected in the vessel's name, which in Zen Buddhism refers to a sudden enlightenment being the first step to Nirvana.
With her clean lines designed by Omega Architects' Frank Laupman, her owner appointed award-winning French designer Rémi Tessier to take on her interior design. His design philosophy might be best described by Tessier himself, with luxury being an “art of providing detail without ostentation” and by “exulting the essential”. As design is in the details, Satori's interior design might seem elementary at first glance but one will inevitably dwell upon the richness in details and refinement that this vessel has to offer. Upon entering the main saloon one is immediately struck by an overall sense of tranquillity.
This serene, crystal clear atmosphere greatly enhances once one gets a chance to truly appreciate the attention of detail that has been put into this design. Satori’s well balanced elegance is immediately illustrated by the main saloon dining table. The saloon being divided into three main areas, the table can be adjusted in height to accommodate several styles of dining, which subsequently instantly changes the entire dynamic of the space. Whether set high, for more formal dining, or lowered for a more informal, lounging style of socializing, this multifunctional design points out the emphasis on balance, elegance and finesse in the vessel's design. This is a design that proves richness in detail does not necessarily results in abundance.
With an emphasis on symmetry, upon entering the main saloon from the aft deck, a semi-circular lounging sofa can be found. Being able to rotate around the central table for a full 360 degrees, either as a whole or divided into two equally sized parts, this again proves the intelligence that has been put into the design. Separated from this lounging space by a bar, the surface of which double functions as part of the lighting scheme, the central sitting area can be found. Three sleek sofas, on large placed opposite two smaller pieces, form the main ingredients for the main lounge more formal central lounge area.
With a grand master suite on the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck, a total of ten guests can be accommodated onboard. The lower deck guest cabins are divided into two full beam VIP cabins and two twins. The design of all cabins, and all other areas, is based on a colour palette that is all about tranquillity and balance. Consisting of whites, greys and the natural deep dark browns of lacquered wood, this palette perfectly is complimented by flowing natural light and just the right amount of reflective surfaces. One could say it takes some time to fully appreciate Satori's interior spaces, but the quality is undeniable. This design takes attention for detail to a whole different level.
Outside, guests are able to enjoy four different areas to spend time dining, lounging or simply relaxing. These social areas consist of a split-level sun deck with custom Jacuzzi, terrace and bar, a forward cockpit with U-shaped sofa and adjacent large sunbathing area, the upper aft deck dining area and the aft deck cockpit.
Overall, Satori embodies a balanced way of yachting, combining elegant design with top rate performance.