Heesen Yachts has delivered Amore Mio, the largest and most powerful sports yacht ever built in the Netherlands


Her sleek, 45-metre aluminium hull, powered by two MTU 16V diesel engines, will slice through the sea at a thundering top speed of 30 knots. With long, angular lines soaring like a javelin from her knuckle bow through to the transom, she is yet another high calibre, successful design by Omega Architects.

A performance yacht with not only power but also sophistication is what makes Amore Mio so special and sets her apart from every other sportster. The motto is simple: power with comfort.

On every level, inside and on deck, this yacht has been designed to provide the very rare combination of space, speed, style and safety.

The solidity and integrity of the semi-displacement aluminium hull, designed by Heesen in-house naval architects, provide both rapid acceleration and smooth power, so owners and guests arrive at their destination stirred but not shaken. With a range of 2.750nm Amore Mio can cross the Mediterranean with ease, or cruise the entire length of the Caribbean from St. Barths to Grenada stopping at as many islands as the owner chooses and on only one tank of fuel.

Amore Mio’s impressive 90sqm top deck is both fly bridge and sun deck, with al fresco dining and a teppanyaki station. There are two lounge areas with cosy armchairs and coffee tables, and plenty of room for outdoor exercising while admiring spectacular sky and sea views.

A large comfortable sofa for guests is located beside the helm station with steps down into the bridge for air-conditioned comfort while underway. Amore Mio is the epitome of casual yet sophisticated style: she has both advanced gyro stabilisers and active interceptors working to give the best possible sea keeping conditions at 30 knots or zero speed.

Amore Mio sports a unique and ingenious MOB Rapid Reaction System, specially developed by her build captain. In case of man overboard, multiple buttons have been placed around the vessel that, when pressed, will instantly open concealed hatches dropping high-visibility inflatable life rings in the water to both mark the position of the MOB and also serve as a flotation aid. Simultaneously, alarms on the bridge and in the crew areas are sounded, and the location is recorded in the vessel’s chart plotter program. The MOB Rapid Reaction System could be a critical time saver in the rescue chain of events, particularly important for high-speed yachts running at night.

Designed by Cristiano Gatto, the interior of Amore Mio is a fusion of contemporary style and sophisticated elegance all blended in a very cosy environment. Precious details are incorporated in the design and contribute to the warmth and cosiness of the ambiance. A notable example of the design details is the use of flamed American walnut, open grain veneers in book-matched style in the furniture and tabletops. All the doors have a precious inlaid sculpted and lacquered panel that gives them a distinctive character and the stone used on board comes from the same block of breccia perlato, a limestone that incorporates many organic elements such as shells and other fossils.
The fabrics on board Amore Mio are by Loro Piana who – encouraged by Cristiano Gatto – developed a special textile for marine use that is used throughout the yacht.

The main saloon is incredibly impressive and integrates the staircase into the lounge for heightened effect. Floating treads of walnut are supported by polished steel columns and sanded glass that reflects light across the entire room. Judging by the contemporary style of the saloon, it is hard to fathom that this is the lounge on a 30-knot sports yacht. Built to Heesen’s award-winning standards, Amore Mio’s performance makes no compromise on comfort or quality of construction.

Ten guests will be accommodated in five staterooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The master suite is traditionally located on the main deck forward, and features a relaxation corner with a large built-in, curved sofa on the starboard side, and vanity table on the port side. The bathroom is equipped with a large marble-lined shower stall. The remaining guest cabins, two twins and two double cabins, are located on the lower deck.

The sea trials took place on January 18, 19 and 21 in southeasterly prevailing winds and waves of 0.5 to 1 metres. Powered by twin MTU 16V diesel engines, Amore Mio’s sleek 45-metre aluminium hull sliced through the seas at a thundering top speed of 30 knots. Not only did she meet all the contractual speed requirements, but the sea trials also proved the all-aluminium superyacht to be very quiet and highly maneuverable.

Amore Mio’s Captain, Tripp Hock, comments: “Heesen added a third day to their standard sea trial program, which they are calling the Captain’s Day. This was a welcome addition and allowed me free scope for requesting all kinds of further testing like crash stops, dead ship operations and single engine maneuvering. As the first Heesen sea trialed at ‘light load’, I was eager to see in particular how the gyro stabilisers would function on such a buoyant ship in the North Sea. To my relief, all the coffee cups stayed on the tables.”

Amore Mio is the first yacht to be delivered by Heesen in 2016. Later in the year two more will follow: the 70m flagship Project Kometa, and the 50m semi-displacement Project Akoya. Heesen currently has ten yachts under construction.

Photo Credit : Dick Holthuis

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