Heesen Yachts Delivers 164-foot “Cinderella Noel IV”

The smart-custom, hybrid superyacht tests in the North Sea were a success despite rough weather.
Cinderella Noel IV
The Cinderella Noel IV’s diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system allows for smooth, silent cruising with three modes offered for flexible power management and redundancy. Ruben Griffioen/Heesen

Heesen Yachts delivered the newly finished YN 20150 Cinderella Noel IV to its owners on Saturday, April 20, according to a press release from the company. The delivery comes after intensive tests in the North Sea proved successful even during torrential weather.

Yacht consultants Zucker & Partner, with its team, advised and guided the owners throughout the many decisions taken during the 41 months of lead time. The owners collaborated closely with Heesen’s engineers and the Luca Dini Design and Architecture team to realize their ambition of building a yacht for extended cruising in the Scandinavian archipelago and Norwegian fjords.

Cinderella Noel IV proved more than a match for rough weather conditions during its three days of sea trials in the North Sea.

“The weather worsened during the course of the tests and we ended up with wave heights increasing to 2.6 meters and wind speeds up to around 30 knots,” said shipyard captain Bob van Zundert in a press release from Heesen. “Conditions were perfect to test the handling of Cinderella Noel IV. Her swift responses to helm and throttle commands in rough sea conditions generated a lot of confidence. It is a privilege to have clients on board during the tests, and we enjoyed letting them see what their new yacht is capable of.”

Cinderella Noel IV
Cinderella Noel IV’s owners plan to cruise their superyacht in the Scandinavian archipelago and Norwegian fjords. Ruben Griffioen/Heesen

Built by Heesen’s engineering platform as a smart custom yacht, the vessel was christened by its owners, shipyard employees and subcontractors last December. The 50-meter, round-bilge steel motoryacht features a hybrid drivetrain that can draw on diesel engines and electric motors for both propulsion and hotel needs. This hybrid system allows for silent cruising and minimal vibration to enhance comfort levels on board.

The Cinderella Noel IV sports twin MTU 8V4000 M63 (IMO Tier III) main engines, each coupled to a water-cooled, 135 kW Danfoss electric motor on the same propeller shaft. Three available cruising modes offer options for flexible power management as well as redundancy.

Stefan Zucker and Sven Stark, the clients’ surveyors and project managers, spoke about their clients’ enthusiasm for the yacht and its building process.

“We have hardly experienced such intense involvement of clients ever before, showing so much enthusiasm and enjoyment for the yacht and appreciation for everybody of the build-team,” Zucker and Stark said in a press release from Heesen. “Heesen succeeded perfectly to integrate these enthusiastic owners in the production procedure and milestones.”

The yacht’s interior is decorated in a Scandinavian aesthetic with white, greige and taupe soft furnishings with high-gloss Indian rosewood and dark oak soles. Fine-leather panels crafted by Foglizzo Atelier depict antique sea charts of the owners’ favorite cruising areas. Additionally, the yacht has a glass-bottomed pool and large aft cockpit screens for the upper deck and main deck.

“It has been a pleasure to build Cinderella Noel IV and work so closely with her owners on a yacht that fits them like a glove and can take them safely wherever they want to go,” said Heesen COO Rick van de Wetering in a press release from the company. “During the past 41 months, we have built a strong bond with our energetic clients and their teams, and we will miss them in the yard. We look forward to their updates on the great adventures they will have aboard their wonderful yacht. On behalf of everyone at the shipyard, we wish them fair winds and following seas!”

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