Episodes

XVENTURE DESIGN SPECIAL WITH WINCH DESIGN

Special episode 7 13 SEPTEMBER 2021

Heesen’s UK series of YachtTalk Specials ends on a high note with one of the yachting industry’s most respected designers, Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design. We visit Andrew at his stunning riverside design studio to talk about one of his most intriguing new projects for Heesen: XVenture. From dropping anchor in the wilds of Patagonia, to whale watching in Alaska, to sitting pretty in the harbours of the Mediterranean, XVenture is conceived to take adventurous owners off the beaten path in seven-star comfort. Andrew is joined by Mark Cavendish, Executive Commercial Officer of Heesen, to share the fascinating story behind this ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything expedition yacht.

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AURA DESIGN SPECIAL WITH REYMOND LANGTON DESIGN

Special episode 6 30 AUGUST 2021

In this special episode of YachtTalk we visit renowned design studio Reymond Langton in Bath. We catch up with one of the leading women in yachting: the studio’s Co-founder and Partner Pascale Reymond. How did she cope with the tough pandemic situation? What can we learn from this crisis? And how can we encourage more women to find a career in yachting? Next to that we discuss the fascinating Project Aura: a 50-metre full-displacement motor yacht built on Heesen’s proven 50-metre Steel technical platform. Pascale and her team designed the stunning interior defined by clean lines and surfaces, which gift Aura a chic Scandinavian simplicity.

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MARKET SPECIAL WITH FRASER YACHTS

Special episode 5 2 AUGUST 2021

‘Booming’ is the word Andrew Bond, Sales Broker of Fraser Yachts, uses to describe the current state of the superyacht market. Although the Covid pandemic is far from over, Andrew sees a strong increase in the popularity of yachting. At the same time, the industry is still struggling with travel restrictions and limited client visits to yachts and shipyards: does that pose a threat to sales and charters? And what about the long-term outlook for this market? How can the industry respond to shifts in demographic and the demand for sustainable yachting? In this episode of YachtTalk we take a closer look, together with Andrew and Mark Cavendish, Executive Commercial Officer of Heesen, at these trends and developments.

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DESIGN SPECIAL ON PROJECT SPARTA WITH WINCH DESIGN

Special episode 4 19 JULY 2021

When the owner of Project Sparta first saw Heesen’s yacht concept Avanti introduced at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show, her sleek lines immediately impressed: this was the yacht he wanted to build for his family. Winch Design and Heesen are now turning that dream into reality. At 67 metres and with an internal volume of approximately 1,200 Gross Tons, Project Sparta is the largest steel-hulled displacement motor yacht built by Heesen to date. The full-beam salon on the main deck – an unusual feature on a vessel of this size – makes Project Sparta a true head turner. Jim Dixon, Director of Yachts and James Russell, Associate, Yacht Exteriors at Winch Design share their thoughts and inside stories on this intriguing project.

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AKIRA DESIGN SPECIAL WITH HARRISON EIDSGAARD

Special episode 3 5 JULY 2021

Creating a speculation yacht interior is an art form. But renowned yacht design agency Harrison Eidsgaard raised the bar with their versatile, flexible and ultra-stylish interior concept for Project Akira, the first in Heesen’s new 5700 Aluminium Class. Founded in 2005 this renowned yacht design firm has quickly risen to become one of the most sought after names in the superyacht design industry. In this YachtTalk Special co-founder Ben Harrison and director Richard Whitehouse take us behind the scenes in their stunning London studio overlooking the River Thames, and share their thoughts, insights and sources of inspiration for creating the ultimate yacht interior.

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SUPERYACHT MARKET SPECIAL WITH JONATHAN BECKETT OF BURGESS

Special episode 2 21 JUNE 2021

Just before Europe’s summer season kicks off in full swing, we’ll take a closer look at the superyacht market in general, and who better to ask than Burgess’ Chief Executive Jonathan “Joff” Beckett? As one of the most successful yacht brokers, Joff shares his insights on short-term trends and long-term developments. How did Covid change client behaviour? Will we see younger yacht buyers with different demands in the future? And if so, how can the industry adapt? Heesen CEO Arthur Brouwer will also share his market outlook.

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DESIGN SPECIAL WITH BANNENBERG & ROWELL

Special episode 1 7 JUNE 2021

How do you complete a complex project like a superyacht build in Covid times? Heesen already pulled it off twice this year, and their most recent launch is 55-metre Moskito, previously known as Project Pollux. Our host Charlotte Kan visits Dickie Bannenberg of renowned design studio Bannenberg & Rowell to take us behind the scenes of the fascinating interior design process. They are joined by Heesen Executive Commercial Officer Mark Cavendish to discover the fine details of this extraordinary yacht.

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LIFE ON BOARD

Episode 7 25 JANUARY 2021

What does it take to create the ultimate onboard experience for the owner and guests? In episode seven of YachtTalk by Heesen, Edouard de Maillé of yacht management agency EDMAR International explains what it’s like to serve the most demanding clients. Erik Smit, trainer at Luxury Hospitality Management, shares his secrets on picking and moulding the perfect crew. And in place of fake reality show ‘Below Deck’, we get an authentic picture of life on board from experienced chief stewardess Deborah Viger.

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WELCOME TO TOYLAND

Episode 6 21 DECEMBER 2020

In episode six of YachtTalk we take a closer look at the subject of superyacht toys. Faster, deeper, cooler; when it comes to toys there are virtually no limits. Owners and guests are a tough crowd to please, and each season crew are required to present the latest gadgets. But what about safety when jet skis can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h? And the challenge of limited onboard storage, plus proper maintenance of toys. We also look at trends like customisation and sustainability. And YachtTalk has an exclusive behind the scenes tour at U-Boat Worx, builders of private submersibles capable of reaching depths of 3,000 metres and costing up to 4 million euros.

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THE FUTURE OF YACHT BUILDING

Episode 5 7 DECEMBER 2020

It’s no secret that building a superyacht is one of the most complex manufacturing processes in the world. The combination of advanced engineering and pure hands-on craftsmanship makes it difficult to cut corners, and yet shipyards and suppliers are continually challenged to increase efficiency, reduce their footprint and find the best artisans for the job. In episode five of YachtTalk, we take a long hard look at the future of yacht building in a bid to understand how to retain craftsmanship while increasing efficiency.

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