Superyacht of the Week: betting on Book Ends

Written by Charl van Rooy

Heesen Yachts boasts a portfolio of fascinating and sometimes bizarre custom superyachts built for ambitious clients, ready to push the envelope along with the trusted Dutch shipyard. But what Heesen is perhaps best known for is its ability to consistently deliver hull after hull of their proven and loved series of semi-custom superyachts. The shipyard has become a master in this field and manages without fail to match owners from around the world with their fully engineered and designed masterpieces. The Book Ends story is one such tale that ended with an experienced owner now ready to explore new cruising grounds along with a new found love for his favourite hobby. Book Ends CruisingPhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

As the 13th unit in Heesen’s 47-metre displacement line, Book Ends shares the same Omega Architects exterior design as many of its fleet’s most well-travelled superyachts. Think Scirocco, 4You and Blind Date; Book Ends builds on the experience Heesen has gained delivering yachts such as these over the last decade. With a high internal volume of under 500 GT, impressive cruising range of 4,000 nm, durable and stable steel hull and relatively shallow draft for safe cruising, Book Ends and her sisters serve just as perfect as a first-time owner’s yacht as much as it appeals to some of the most experienced yachtsmen out there.Book Ends ProfilePhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

With a full beam sky lounge and forward master suite, Book Ends is all about big interior spaces. But don’t be fooled by those curvaceous overhangs that shelters each outdoor deck space, there are plenty of deck areas to hang out on – 186 square metres, in fact.Book Ends SkyloungePhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed MediaBook Ends exterior detailPhoto: Jeff Brown

One of the owner’s favourite spots on board is the open foredeck are where one can lounge under those two iconic bright orange umbrellas which allow you to spot Book Ends from a mile away.Book Ends exterior detailPhoto: Jeff Brown

But the sundeck really is the ultimate outside space and accounts for nearly half of Book Ends' total exterior deck area. Here you can take in the views from the spa pool up forward which overlooks the foredeck or sit back and relax on the built-in circular seating area aft after a fun day out on the water with family and friends. A central bar area is the place to be when the sun has set, and can easily cater to large gatherings when entertaining guests.Book Ends CruisingPhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed MediaBook ends - Upper deck

Acquired only a few weeks before the official start of summer last year, her owners had little time to carve their personal stamp on the yacht before cruising got underway. The yacht’s clean and neutral interior provided the perfect canvas onto which they could paint touches of their personal taste.  Book Ends Main SaloonPhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

“One of the things about this boat that is so beautiful is that it is so light,” explains Mrs. Book during a recent interview with SuperYacht Times. “We’ve brought in the accent colours, but anyone that wanted to buy this boat, they have this neutral palette in which they can bring in their own accents. When you have very dark wood or built-in prominent colours, it’s obviously harder to sell.”Book Ends SkyloungePhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

One notable feature that sets Book Ends apart from her older sisters is the amount of glazing used throughout the yacht. Larger windows and portholes add a new dimension to this highly optimised layout that has been designed to cater to a yacht life that every guest will come to appreciate. Along with the light interior décor, stylish lighting design and bursts of colour scattered around, Book Ends’ clean layout and low furnishing pieces induce a sense of calm and sophistication no matter where you are inside.Book Ends bar and lounge areaPhoto: Jeff Brown

A central staircase forward of the main saloon leads down to the guest cabins where you will find two double and two twin cabins, outfitted in the same level of luxury as experienced on the main deck. Along with the master suite, these cabins take the total guest count to 10 persons who can live aboard Book Ends.Book Ends Guest CabinPhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed MediaBook Ends Guest BathroomPhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

Back upstairs is the lavish master suite that is reserved for the owners. Here that same level of airiness is continued with the use of light grey panelling and white leather headboards. The large master bathroom is equipped with a standalone marble bathtub which separates the pair of basins form him and her. Book Ends Master SuitePhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed MediaBook Ends Master SuitePhoto: Breed MediaBook Ends Master BathroomPhoto: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

 Heesen’s engineering team along with the gurus at MTU fitted a twin 8V 4000 M63 engine configuration in the bowels of Book Ends that provides a 15 knots top speed when needed during those fun island-hopping afternoon cruises.Book Ends runningPhoto: Jeff BrownBook Ends shootingPhoto: Jeff Brown



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