Why We’re Excited To Set Sail On The New VanTom Superyacht

Now that we’re nearing the end of July, the open water is looking more and more inviting. Hoping to take to the seas in a luxurious way this summer? Heesen has added a new superyacht to its roster, and the specs are making us pretty excited to cast off.

The VanTom launched this past Valentine’s Day, which feels appropriate, as buyers on the luxury market have fallen a little in love with this sleek seafaring vessel. Having been thoroughly and intensively tested in the turbulent winter waters of the North Sea, where waves exceeded 1 metre at times and the northwesterly winds raged, the VanTom has both looks and resilience going for her.

According to a recent press release, Captain David Burge, who navigated the VanTom through these rough conditions, was very pleased with the yacht’s performance. “During sea trials, the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even whilst proceeding at a speed of over 20 knots with a sea running,” he said. “I am most excited about our maiden voyage down to the Mediterranean Sea and very much look forward to the 2018 summer cruising season.”

The VanTom marks the latest addition to Heesen’s 5000 Almunium class, which the company has described as a revolutionary offering with six new iterations since 2011. With interiors designed by Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski alongside Margerita Casprini, the yacht is built on a semi-custom platform, allowing customers to procure a vessel that perfectly reflects their tastes in interior design and lifestyle. The VanTom promises to offer a contemporary and unique aesthetic of understated elegance, where its new owners can enjoy the open waters in peace, relaxing and luxuriating in an oasis which functions as a home away from home.

Exterior lines of the VanTom were designed by Dutch design firm Omega Architects. Their vision includes darkened window mullions, which can be customized by owners to set this vessel apart from her five sister ships, like standouts Monaco Wolf and Satori.

On the technical side of things, the VanTom is a 50-metre semi-displacement motor yacht that can reach a top speed of 23 knots thanks to a hard-chine hull powered by 2 MTU 16V 4000 M73L. When it comes to those longer and more ambitious journeys, the yacht boasts a transatlantic range of 3,100 nautical miles at 12 knots. Her propulsion system is both quiet and vibration-free, even at higher speeds, making for a peaceful journey.

The VanTom can accommodate 12, and its lavish interiors promise a comfortable sojourn. Cabins include a full-beam owner’s stateroom, full-beam VIP cabin, 2 double guest cabins, and 2 twin guest cabins. These rooms also make for an easy transition from family adventure to upscale cocktail party by a moonlit dock. Have a romantic couples’ getaway in mind? It’s perfect for that, too. And if you’re in the mood for some double-dating adventures, the ship’s four decks — upper, main, and lower decks, as well as a sun deck — afford plenty of privacy.

Those interested in purchasing a VanTom will be pleased to know that this ultra-cool superyacht, which has been two years in the making, is a swift order. The pioneering semi-custom platform allows Heesen to produce these vessels with proven design and technology that reduces client costs and construction times.

Ready for that party on a sun-dappled sea? So are we — and we’re itching to pop a bottle of champagne on the VanTom to christen her maiden voyage and the lavish summer days ahead.



Photos: Heesen