The 50-metre, all-aluminium new-build superyacht Project Sapphire has been sold, according to Heesen Yachts. The deal was closed by Thom Conboy of Heesen USA in just under two months.Project Sapphire, will be named Book Ends by her American owners, Bob and Amy Book who are repeat Heesen clients. Bob and Amy previously owned a 47-metre Heesen superyacht, also named Book Ends, now Artisa, which SYT spoke with Bob in 2018 about superyacht ownership. The superyacht is the second unit of Heesen’s semi-displacement 5000 aluminium class and is currently in build at Heesen Yachts’ facility in Oss, the Netherlands.After visiting the in-build superyacht in August at Heesen’s facility, Bob Book commented on the construction process, “We knew we were in good hands.” Of the superyacht itself, he continued, “The technology is amazing; think of it as a 50m semi-displacement hull design with a seven-foot draft and a top speed of 23 knots. This boat is perfect for both the Bahamas and the Med. Needless to say, she is beautiful, sexy, spacious, stable and fast!”The naval architecture of the sub-500 GT superyacht was completed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen’s in-house team and features a low-drag hull design with a reduced transom depth, and propeller tunnels to allow for a shallower shaft, resulting in increased efficiency. Her exterior design was penned by Omega Architects.Project Sapphire’s interior comes from the drawing boards of Italian designer Cristiano Gatto, who was briefed to provide a “refined and elegant” design. Sapphire’s owners will work closely with Cristiano Gatto to further personalise the interior to their tastes, including the creation of loose interior and exterior furniture, curation of artwork, and a “lighter, brighter” aesthetic. She can accommodate up-to 12 guests across five staterooms, including her master stateroom situated on the main deck forward. The remaining four staterooms, two doubles and two twins, are located on the lower deck.On deck, the superyacht features ample space for al fresco dining including her sundeck, which is also home to a bar and a Jacuzzi. At her transom, Project Sapphire has a raised sunbathing platform with a tender garage, which doubles as a beach club.Project Sapphire is outfitted with twin MTU 16V 4000 M65L ‘green ocean’ engines, which are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) units to reduce nitrous oxide emissions. She will have a range of 3,100 nautical miles while cruising at 11 knots and will be able to reach a top speed of 23 knots.Heesen’s CCO, Friso Visser, remarked, “It was a great pleasure for me and the whole Heesen team to deal with such an experienced client for the purchase of his second Heesen. We are honoured to once again be entrusted to build the yacht that will take this family on many happy days at sea.”
The all-aluminium superyacht will be delivered to her owners in 2022.