Fort Lauderdale, Florida, often called the “Yachting Capital of the World” will host the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Wednesday November 1st and run until Sunday November 5th. The Show exhibits this year will range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display but one of the most extraordinary, will be the superyacht named “Home.”
This amazing vessel located at Pier Sixty-Six Marina, was built by Dutch yard Heesen and won Best of Show at the renowned Monaco Yacht Show. The owner is described as a yacht enthusiast who has owned multiple yachts before, but were in particular drawn to the yacht’s shallow 2.1 meter draught, which makes her well-suited for the Caribbean where a shallow-depth displacement is often required. Not to mention the unique, modern exterior and its high-tech interior design with floor to ceiling windows. Luckily, Pier Sixty-Six Marina offers deep-water access to the intercostal and Atlantic Ocean, as well as 127 deep-water slips for craft of 40 to 350-feet, so it isn’t an issue for almost any yacht. But for cruising around the Bahamas, the shallow-depth displacement will come in very handy.
The all-aluminum “Home” introduces a whole new breed to Heesen’s lineup with its hybrid propulsion system and the its innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form. According to Heesen, she will burn 98 liters of fuel per hour at 12 knots and only 57 liters per hour at ten knots. Despite being powered by relatively small engines for her size — twin 804hp MTU 12V 2000 M61s — “Home” will still achieve a respectable top speed of 16.3 knots when powered by her main engines and the diesel-electric propulsion system will allow for silent cruising at up to nine knots. Smaller engines mean the yacht will also be more spacious, with less room taken up by the engine room. With a particular attention to weight control, “Home” is predicted to achieve a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles while cruising at 12 knots, despite carrying just 45,000 liters of fuel.
The yacht also makes silence the ultimate luxury, since she only registers 46 decibels of noise in the owner’s suite while cruising in electric mode. That’s about the same level of sound as the volume of soft rainfall. “Home” will accommodate 12 guests split across six staterooms, including a main deck owner’s suite with its own office and walk-in wardrobes. On the lower deck, the guest accommodation is separated from the engine room by the gym, which has been fitted with a Technogym exercise bike and a set of Bow Flex free-weights. The exterior styling comes from Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, who has penned the striking superstructure and an almost vertical bow, which will reduce vertical acceleration, thus improving on board comfort. “Home” is a “modern, innovative yacht with striking lines and a lot of glass,” said Laupman. “More like a beach villa in style, with nature all around you.”