Heesen’s 55-metre Moskito made her debut at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, topping an excellent year for the Dutch shipyard.


In the last 18 months, Heesen has sold nine yachts (Amare II, Arkadia, Aquamarine, Oslo24, Sapphire, Gemini, Aura, ELA and Moskito) and delivered six (Amare II, Solemates, 2021 ELA, Aquamarine, Arkadia and Moskito). All were delivered on time (an obsession of the shipyard) and this very obsession has led the Dutch shipyard to come out of the pandemic stronger than ever.


September saw the crème de la crème of the superyacht world head to the Cote de Azure for the much anticipated Monaco Yacht Show. Moskito, Heesen’s latest delivery represented the shipyard, creating a stir with her exterior courtesy of Omega Architects and an interior designed by renowned British studio Bannenberg & Rowell.


Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has contributed to many of Heesen’s projects over the years creating vastly different designs from the elegant (MySky) to the aggressive (Amore Mio). Moskito falls somewhere in between the two, with powerful exteriors lines lending an air of calm authority, characterised by striking ‘shark-tooth’ superstructure overhangs and vertical windows.

Heesen is one of the few shipyards that can build on spec – offering clients the opportunity to acquire yachts that are already under construction.

Moskito’s hull isn’t just sublime, it’s also hugely efficient thanks to the latest iteration of Van Oossanen’s ultra-efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form. This low resistance, hydrodynamic efficient design allows Moskito to traverse 4,500 Nautical miles while cruising at 13 knots and with a pair of IMO III-compliant MTU 8V 4000 M63s powering her, she sips approximately 150 litres of diesel per hour at 11 knots.


The abundance of tinted glazing is one of Moskito’s most eye catching design traits and it’s this extensive use of glass throughout that provides an abundance of natural light in the superyacht’s interior. Floor-to-ceiling windows and open bulwarks illuminate Moskito’s decks highlighting the bold, sophisticated look created by British design duo Bannenberg & Rowell. “We wanted to take the breath away, without being aesthetically intimidating,” said Bannenberg. “That fine line between approachability and comfort. Something cool and interesting, but subtle.”

Cool, interesting and subtle it is, with a blend of natural, noble tones and a tailored spatial arrangement creating warm and inviting living areas. Traditionally crafted smoked Oak chevron parquet flooring, white Thassos, grey St. Laurent and ivory Travertine marble are used throughout, with warm bronze accent that underwrite fine workmanship and furnishings.


Spanning more than eighty-two square metres, Moskito’s main deck Owner’s apartment is warm and airy, featuring a light and dark colourway dominated by oak parquet and eucalyptus veneers. A desk commissioned from GMS joinery in London (they have managed projects for the Houses of Parliament and Harrods) is just one of the bespoke items of furniture to be found on board, but there’s not one bit of ostentation – a typical trait of Heesen, as they have the confidence and ability to build yachts on speculation. Moskito’s Artworks have been sourced from British talents – from flowing porcelain forms by Fenella Elms, to Rose Vickers’ marquetry mosaics, and intricate paper collages by Hormazd Narielwalla.


Dining, entertaining and simply lazing around in the sun is all part of Moskito’s DNA. In fact, there are over two hundred and fifty square metres of outdoor entertaining spaces on board, including a sizeable sundeck complete with a pool, bar, seating and sunbathing areas. Linked to the deck saloon by simple sliding doors, Moskito’s aft terrace provides forty-four square metres of alfresco comfort.

High up on the bridge deck, the secluded skylounge is ideal for periods of calm and relaxation. “Our guiding philosophy was that the owner should be as happy hosting a black-tie dinner as lounging in their shorts,” says Bannenberg.

Moskito’s advanced naval architecture from Van Oossanen utilises the FDHF hull form to ensure performance and power.
Length over all: 55.0 m
Beam over all: 9.6 m
Draft (half load): 2.85 m
Tonnage: approx. 760 GT
Hull type: FDHF
Hull: Steel
Crew: 13
Guests: 12
Cabins: Full-beam owner’s stateroom, two double guest suites and two twin guest suites
Maximum speed (half load): 15.5 kn
Range: 4,500Nm at 13 knots
Fuel capacity: 100,000 ltr
Fresh water: 24,000 ltr
Main engines: 2x MTU 8V 4000
M63 (IMO Tier III) Maximum power: 2x 1,000kW
Main generators: 2x Zenoro, each 175kW
Exterior design: Omega Architects
Interior design: Bannenberg & Rowell 

Of course, there’s no better place to lounge in shorts than in Moskito’s extensive beach club. This area is dedicated to wellness and features a sauna, plenty of seating, a shower and ample privacy for that early morning swim.

Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen summed up Moskito’s popularity at the Monaco Yacht Show: “The 55m is a very popular class and we are the only Northern European shipyard to offer such a yacht on spec. We are proud to be presenting such a fine example of Heesen’s DNA. Moskito is sporty, sleek, and timelessly elegant in design, while offering the best in performance and efficiency. She has the right balance of indoor and outdoor space – meaning ultimate interior comfort and luxury, with spacious alfresco spaces to enjoy the best of yachting lifestyle.”

Moskito will be available for charter by selected guests via International Yacht Collection, in the Mediterranean in summer and in the Caribbean in winter.