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Heesen Yachts Recreates Project Cosmos Superyacht in LEGO Challenge



Heesen Yachts have partnered with Dutch-Belgian show LEGO® Masters finalists to recreate their new Cosmos Superyacht design at 1:42 scale in a special LEGO® challenge.
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LEGO® Masters Winners recreate the Heesen Yachts Cosmos Superyacht. Credit: Heesen Yachts

Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts are currently in the process of building one of the world’s largest and fastest full-aluminum yachts – the 262ft (80m) Project Cosmos – and wanted to have a little extra fun during the process.

Partnering with the finalists of the Dutch-Belgian show LEGO® Masters, Heesen tasked two teams to recreate their new Cosmos Superyacht in a special challenge to see who could create the most unique replica of their design.

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Working to create the right kind of curves. Credit: Heesen Yachts

With a length of 262ft (80m) and a top speed of 29 knots, Project Cosmos features a helicopter landing pad that transforms into an outdoor cinema, a glass-bottom pool, and a beach club, which both teams had to consider during the design process.

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The two teams and their designs – who will win? Credit: Heesen Yachts
Team Martijn & Jos

Martijn Brinkman and Jos van Uum (both 21) from the Netherlands made television history on LEGO® Masters with their gigantic red dragon, but both claim that building Cosmos is their biggest challenge yet.

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The design of Team Martijn & Jos. Credit: Heesen Yachts

With the teams given the opportunity to visit the shipyard and see the full-size version’s building, the overall scale was impressive and an inspiration for their design. Using over 12,000 bricks to build their structure, Team Martijn & Jos’s transformed their living room into their very own shipyard.

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Ready to board the helicopter? Credit: Heesen Yachts

“We think our yacht should win, because we have included a lot of functionality into our design.” Shared Team Martijn & Jos. “The tender doors can actually open up, the sun awnings really work and the cinema screen on the foredeck pops-up. And we’ve even included lighting so that you can see the interior.”

Team Björn & Corneel

Björn Ramant (40) and Corneel Clarys (22) from Belgium impressed millions of LEGO® fans with their creations on LEGO® Masters. But the challenge of building the first-ever superyacht in LEGO® stunned even these pros, especially when they toured Project Cosmos and saw the yacht’s size and complex lines in real life.

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Team Björn & Corneel’s Cosmos Superyacht design. Credit: Heesen Yachts

“We had to get those curves right, because that’s what makes the yacht unique.”

In the end, it took 150 hours to digitally design the yacht in BrickLink Studio and another 60 hours to build it.

Heesen Yachts Lego Team Bjorn Corneel Yacht Deck
The result of 150 hours and 60 hours of building. Credit: Heesen Yachts

“Our design is almost a no-LEGO® yacht. It looks like a 3D-printed scale model, because we used a horizontal building technique instead of stacking bricks vertically,” said Team Björn & Corneel. “We are particularly proud of the curves of the bow and how we got every detail correct, from the furniture and the tenders to the jet skis.”


Heesen Yachts are giving readers the opportunity to vote for your favorite design and the chance to win a special a Heesen LEGO® Fan Package including a LEGO® City pack , which you can do here.

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Harrison Eisgaard Reveals New 417ft Expedition Yacht Concept



UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has revealed their latest expedition yacht concept – the 417ft “Rex” designed for a client wanting “something different”.
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“Rex” expedition yacht designed by Harrison Eidsgaard. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has unveiled their latest design known as “Rex” – a 417ft expedition yacht named for the Latin word for “King” and created specifically for a client looking for “something different.”

Designed with a streamlined white and grey exterior, the sporty expedition yacht concept boasts four terraces with a 46ft pool on the main deck that can be enclosed with glass to create an indoor pool in cold climates, an oversized cinema, a two-story gym, and an Airbus A160 helicopter hangar that converts into a squash court when not in use.

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Pool on the main deck can be enclosed with glass for colder climates. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

Accommodation for 22 guests consists of a master suite and ten guest suites each with their own terrace and direct access to the forward and aft atrium staircases while features like the submerged “Neptune” lounge offers guests an underwater view of their surroundings from below and a “Panorama” observation lounge on the top deck offering 360-degree views from above.

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One of the two helicopter hangars on the Rex expedition yacht. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

The Rex Expedition yacht is also designed with a full-beam garage with room for a 49-foot expedition vessel, two 30-foot tenders, and a large crane to assist with moving the toys in and out of the water.

Regarding performance, Harrison Eidsgaard has utilized a significant hull chine and sharp bow design for improved fuel efficiency and a hybrid propulsion package that could be converted to a hydrogen system in the future for zero-emissions cruising.

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Neptune lounge with underwater viewing. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

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Alia Yachts Launches 180ft Al Waab II Superyacht



Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September.
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Alia Yachts built Al Waab II being transported for launch. Credit: Alia Yachts

Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September which coincides with the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.

After two years in construction amongst the ongoing pandemic, the production schedule was surprisingly only delayed by two weeks, with Alia Yachts President Gökhan Çelik noting, “the last two years have been difficult, but we took a lot of health and safety measures, and, to offset delays experienced by our European suppliers, we worked around the problem and found ways to recreate lost time.

Launched at Alia Yacht's shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts
Launched at Alia Yacht’s shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts

“The fact we’ve done it in just over two years despite everything is a credit to the determination of the men and women who work here.”

Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, Al Waab II accommodates up to 12 guests and features a modern design with a neutral color palette across the five staterooms and the master suite split across the upper and main decks.

Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts
Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts

“For many owners, the concept of enjoying a ‘home at sea’ is what drives their passion for yachting,” says Bart Bouwhuis, Co-creative Director at Vripack. “The owner of Al Waab II had the explicit desire to use his boat as a family apartment. That desire became the founding principle of the entire design. The result is the very essence of living on the water.”

Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts
Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts

“We’re very proud of Al Waab II,” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik, adding, “Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500 GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”

The Al Waab II will now undergo sea trials and final outfitting ahead of delivery to her owner.

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Heesen’s Project Altea Launches As MY ELA



Heesen Yachts 164ft Project Altea has officially been launched as MY ELA and is on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Heesen Yachts 164ft MY ELA (formerly known as Project Altea) has officially launched in the Netherlands and is currently on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Purchased only three months before delivery, the lightweight, aluminum fast-displacement hull built on Heesen’s sub-500GT Nova Plus engineering platform and interiors had already been completed when she caught the eye of the new owners.

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MY ELA on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer. Credit: Heesen

Featuring large floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious light-filled living areas designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and warm and inviting interior designed by Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto, all that remained for the new owners of MY ELA was to customize the final details to make it their own.

With only three months from the purchase date until delivery, Cristiano Gatto worked alongside the team at Heesen to fully customize the interiors in time for delivery.

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Original interior concept of Project Altea/MY ELA. Credit: Heesen

“Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria,” said Cristiano. “But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time.”

Built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, MY ELA is not only luxurious inside but is an elegant fast-displacement design that allows shipyards to stay below the 500GT limit to avoid the additional certification required of larger superyachts.

Heesen Project Altea YN19550 Superyacht Skylounge by Cristano Gatto Design
Interior Skylounge concept by Cristiano Gatto. Credit: Heesen

Powered by two powerful MTU 12V 2000 diesel engines for a maximum speed of 19 knots, MY ELA is also the first Heesen to feature a peak-shaving battery system that offers a seamless storage of energy by allowing excess generator power to be stored when the yacht’s load fluctuates and used during peak periods when power demand exceeds generator output.

While primarily intended for family use, MY ELA will also be available for charter with Zarpo Yachts for select clients.

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Render of Heesen’s 164ft fast-displacement hull Project Altea. Credit: Heesen

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