Originally delivered in 2011 as Serenity, the 55 metre (180.4 feet) Abbracci stands as a perfect example of the quality, flexibility, and durability of Heesen’s designs and its approach to engineering and construction. Her exterior lines, created by Omega Architects, encapsulate the shipyard’s design DNA and style with a ‘pelican beak’ bow that expresses a trademark negative sheer.
Her design also accomplishes an impressive feat by conferring elegance to the yacht’s profile, which delivers carefully proportioned curves and style features while perfectly disguising the yacht’s large interior volume. That this has been achieved while maximizing the views from her interior guest areas and without impacting on her exterior spaces is a further demonstration of the attention to detail that Heesen puts into every facet of the yachts it creates.
As a milestone yacht, Abbracci has consistently proven herself since her launch having already logged close to 60,000 miles in just six years. Such proven world cruising ability is testament to her fundamental design, for which Heesen’s expert in-house naval architecture team worked closely with Van Oossanen Naval Architects to further refine Heesen’s proven displacement hull form. The result is a hull that is not only supremely comfortable in all conditions, but which also offers an impressive 6,000-mile transoceanic range at 10 knots.
The yacht easily exceeds her design speed while offering exceptional seaworthiness and efficiency. Her flared bow minimizes green water over the deck in rough conditions, while ensuring her ride is soft, gentle, and quiet. Moreover, with fuel consumption of only 227 litres per hour even at 13 knots, she has proven her value as a long-distance displacement explorer taking her owners and guests on far-flung adventures in luxury, style, and economy.
Despite her extensive interior volumes, Abbracci retains superb exterior spaces which were designed to maximize guests’ experiences. The sun deck offers multiple relaxation areas with a custom mosaic spa pool forward and a social seating and sunbathing area aft, both benefiting from extensive views while underway or at anchor. Between them, an enclosed gym and spa area – complete with steam room, sauna, and massage room – not only creates the perfect indoor-outdoor area for relaxation but also confers privacy, as well as wind protection to the aft deck space.
The upper aft deck offers both a large, alfresco dining area and an expansive aft seating area, while the main deck offers an additional seating and entertaining area both with built-in settees and loose furniture. Care has been taken to ensure a seamless flow throughout between interior and exterior, and between each deck.
It is testament to Heesen’s craftsmanship and attention to detail that Abbracci’s interior remains largely the same as when she was built, except for a few personalizing touches of her new owners that include elements of the soft furnishings and additional art. Her overall style is contemporary with classic touches, and her interior design comes from the board of Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.
Paneling and cabinetry throughout feature high gloss and polished maple with burled maple veneers, complemented by eleven different types of marble – including Calcutta marble, Iranian gold onyx, fiorito and breccia paradiso – that have been carefully and skillfully cut into concave and convex curves. The overall effect of the blond veneers and creamy stone serves to create a spacious and airy interior, highlighting the yacht’s impressive 858-gross-ton volume. Bespoke glass decorations further enhance the tranquil atmosphere.
The owner’s suite is located forward on the main deck, but while the positioning may be traditional, its layout is right up to date. The main bedroom area takes the form of a vast circular room boasting balconies on both sides and floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in light.
A generous study-cum-studio to starboard offers the perfect private escape or work area while affording a buffer between the main deck foyer and the master’s sleeping area. The ceiling above the bed has been re-imagined as a sky adorned with fluffy clouds thanks to further etched and mirrored glasswork panels that follow the motif and style found in the guest areas.
The owner’s stateroom offers an en suite bathroom forward with a sumptuous central oval bathtub and adjacent shower stall. Covering 13.6 square meters, the en suite feels spacious and uncrowded, while the warm, pale and creamy colour palette matches the wider interior theme conferring a sense of holistic harmony.
The generous VIP suite on the lower deck spans the full, 10 meter (33 feet) beam of the yacht and offers a generous sleeping area to starboard and a large, 10.8 square meter en suite bathroom to port complete with a full-sized tub. Heesen’s exceptional craftsmanship is once again evident in the superb finish of the cabin and bathroom, creating a truly luxurious guest experience.
Offering the perfect space for formal entertaining or perhaps for when adventure cruising in colder climes, the dining room occupies the forward end of the vast, 94-square-metre main deck saloon. The room features a glass divider that subtly separates the dining table from the aft seating area while maintaining connection and a degree of intimacy. An electric door connects the guest dining area to a large serving pantry and through to the professional galley, ensuring crew can both serve food and clear the table quickly and efficiently.
The wraparound bridge has been designed with operational efficiency in mind, offering 180-degree views from the console and access to both side decks for additional visibility and for ease of maneuvering in confined quarters. While the bridge equipment received some upgrades in a recent refit, the fundamental layout has remained untouched – and it has proven itself time and again with close to 60,000 miles logged in six years.