The sleek yet majestic Van Tom will be heading to the Monaco Yacht Show in a couple of weeks. One of the world's most prestigious yachting events is the perfect setting for a luxurious pleasure craft like this 2018 Heesen. The reason behind this appearance is simple – Van Tom is up for grabs for the first time since its delivery. It's also one of the most expensive superyachts on the pre-loved market, signaling a potential impressive sale by the end of this year.
A $31.2 million price tag seems bold for a seven-year-old, 50-meter (163 feet) yacht. Yet Van Tom is a coveted jewel. First of all, it comes from one of the most acclaimed builders in the world, the Dutch Heesen Yachts. Secondly, it's the sixth hull in an eight-unit series, giving it a "limited-edition” appeal. Thirdly, its speed and interior volume are outstanding for a pleasure craft in this size category.
Frank Laupman and the Omega Architects team designed Van Tom's high-performance exterior. The interior was handled by the acclaimed Francesco Paszkowski, together with Margherita Casprini – an award-winning design team. The owners also actively participated in the interior design process.
They wanted a vessel that would feel more like a home than a boat, and the warm color palette paired with informal layouts helped achieve this. All the furniture was custom-made by the builder's in-house carpentry team. Paszkowski stated at the time that the goal was to bring out the vessel's "airy brightness." To do so, he combined natural materials such as stone and leather with glamorous lacquered surfaces, and he tried to create a strong contrast between light and dark tones.
Prior to the delivery date, Van Tom showed off its impressive technical skills. During sea trials in the North Sea, it not only reached the targeted 20-knot (37 kph) speed but even exceeded it. Powered by its heavy-duty 3,860 HP MTU 16V 4000 M73L diesel engines, Van Tom hit more than 23 knots (42.5 kph) despite the rough sea conditions and 16-knot (29.6 kph) winds.
A high-performance yacht, Van Tom also claimed to boast the largest volume in its size category – just under 500 GT. This translated to lavish outdoor spaces and a family-oriented configuration.
One of its most remarkable features, and one of the most beloved spots on board, is the luxurious sky lounge. The sun deck is also huge, housing a big jacuzzi and an al-fresco dining setup centered around a Teppanyaki grill.
Another unique feature is the full-beam VIP suite – most luxury yachts only have a full-beam master suite. The six-cabin configuration also includes two doubles and two twins, which is enough to accommodate more than ten guests. Even though Van Tom wasn't destined for charter, it also featured generous accommodation for a large, nine-person crew.
Since it's only been used privately since the debut, Van Tom claims low engine hours. Plus, it completed its five-year class survey, meaning it's safe for future cruising. Although never chartered, this Dutch beauty was built to commercial standards, so its future owner might decide to bring Van Tom to the charter market. But first, he will need to pay a whopping $32 million.