Heesen’s Ann G had one of the most rigorous sea trials of any custom superyacht in recent memory. The 164-foot, steel-hulled yacht proceeded from Heesen’s yard in the Netherlands into the North Sea for her tests and then made her way north for a shakedown cruise in the fjords of Norway.
Following the owner’s brief, the Clifford Denn–designed exterior has a powerful, aggressive profile with a long forefoot and white, curved aluminum superstructure that looks more like a sport yacht than a full-displacement superyacht. Powered by twin MTU M63 diesels, Ann G has a top speed of 15.6 knots, 0.6 knots higher than its contractual speed.
English firm Reymond Langton designed Ann G’s interior. The brief from the owner was to create as big a statement as the yacht’s exterior. Stepping aboard, the first thing one sees is a large art deco–inspired chandelier framed by open-tread stairs. The London-based firm used strong-grained Macassar ebony paneling accented with stainless steel, along with touches of backlit white onyx and leather, to unite the interior. The main saloon has a seating area next to the bar, with an elegant dining area just forward. The large dining table—also crafted from Macassar ebony—features an inlaid panel. Original artwork by Based Upon is positioned on the forward bulkhead.
The art deco theme carries below through the four guest cabins, which are also decorated with Macassar, stainless steel, and leather, and feature unique color palettes to distinguish each stateroom. The owner’s suite displays an abundance of original art, particularly in the bedroom where the walls are decorated with fabric artworks and an intricate deco motif is inlaid into the foot of the bed. The full-beam suite, located forward on the main deck, also has an office, his and her dressing rooms, and a large bathroom with geometric stone artwork on the floors.
The skylounge on the bridge deck has a more informal atmosphere than the main saloon, with large windows on three sides that offer exceptional views of the sea. It features parchment wall panels and large, opulent fabrics instead of the ebony found on the deck below. By contrast, the transom beach club is more contemporary, with a less-stylized look. It is designed for working out or relaxing in the steam room, bar, and external seating area. The subdued elm paneling and teak flooring give the area a warm atmosphere. The sky deck is the ideal place to enjoy the elements, with open spaces both fore and aft, and a walkthrough enclosure overhead in the center to provide shade without stifling the fresh ocean breezes. (heesenyachts.com)