Heesen delivers 55-metre Iris Blu to her owner

Previously known as №20255 Project Apollo the steel Iris Blu superyacht is the first representative of the revised 55m Steel FDHF series
February 1 2024 3 minutes to read
Sundeck with the whirlpool forward

Previously known as №20255 Project Apollo the steel Iris Blu superyacht is the first representative of the revised 55m Steel FDHF series

After successful sea trials in the North Sea the first superyacht from the revised 55m Steel FDHF series was delivered to her owner. The exterior was restyled by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who was the author of the original design of the series, too.

"As much as we love our original design with the vertical windows, we felt it was time to make an evolutionary step," said Frank. "We opted for a larger expanse of floor-to-ceiling glass, without mullions in the main saloon. Then, we took the opportunity to give a slightly more aggressive look to the profile by using continuous sheets of tinted glass. The horizontal lines stretch the optical length and balance the air draft. The result is beautiful: we retained the family look and feel but gave it an elegant touch."

The exterior was developed by Omega Architects
The exterior was developed by Omega Architects

Another innovation is a veranda in the owner’s quarters starboard. The goal of this addition was to ‘change the space experience in the 78 sqm stateroom’, which also got new walk-in wardrobes.

The layout has been reconsidered, too: the sundeck with a bar around the whirlpool forward got more spacious. On the main deck they modernized the central atrium, made the main staircase wider, and now there is an additional companionway from the wheelhouse deck up to the sun deck.

Sundeck with the whirlpool forward
Sundeck with the whirlpool forward

 The interiors of the 760GT Iris Blue were developed by Luca Dini Design & Architecture. The boat features all the necessary amenities for accommodating 12 guests in six cabins with a master stateroom on the main deck. The FDHF steel fast displacement hull is made of steel, and the superstructure is of aluminium. 

With twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 engines 1360 hp each that meet all the relevant IMO Tier III emission standards, Iris Blue reaches a top speed of 15.5 knots. With a fuel capacity of 98890 litres her range is 4500 nautical miles at 13 knots.

Top speed 15.5 knots, range – 4500 nm at 13 knots
Top speed 15.5 knots, range – 4500 nm at 13 knots

"Heesen 55-metre Steel is a unique and very competitive design. We believe in this proven design platform and have worked with Omega and Luca Dini on creating a yacht that meets the refined tastes of clients who appreciate Dutch quality with a shortened delivery time. Iris Blue is a wonderful addition to our fleet, and we wish the Owners and her crew many days of happy sailing", said Niels Vaessen, Heesen CEO.

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