The best semi-custom yachts available: Heesen 55m and Admiral S Force 55m

Offering the best of both worlds, semi-custom yachts effortlessly combined the flexibility offered by fully bespoke yachts with the promise of shorter lead times, reduced costs and a secured, tried and tested platform build. Ideal for owners seeking to reflect their personal taste and style onboard, but not looking to commit to designing a yacht from scratch, semi-custom yachts offer the possibility of building a unique yacht. With several leading yards offering a variety of semi-custom models, we take a closer look at some of the best semi-custom yachts available today.

Admiral S – Force 55m

An innovative game changer, the S-Force 55 from Admiral Yachts and The Italian Sea Group is a high-performance, semi-custom superyacht. Featuring a semi-displacement hull and aluminium superstructure, the S-Force measures 55 metres in length and offers owners a refined home on the water. Her well-thought-out proportions ensure this 500GT superyacht feels larger than it is. Featuring many elements typically found onboard of larger yachts, the S-Force 55 has ample exterior spaces including two decks aft with alfresco dining and lounge areas for entertainment and leisure. She also features a sundeck with a jacuzzi, gym and bar while the upper deck has a large circular area that can be used as a dance space or even a touch-and-go helipad. The spacious garage can house a 8m tender. Her light and bright interiors are flooded with natural light due to the retractable glass walls and doors, while future owners can choose from a selection of precious materials for her finishing and furnishings. Able to accommodate up to 14 guests in six spectacularly appointed rooms, this includes a  refined, full-beam master suite complete with a private studio on the main deck along with a VIP cabin. The five remaining guest suites are located on the lower deck, with crew accommodation for 11. Powered by twin CAT C32 Acer engines she has a top speed of 18 knots.

Heesen 55m Steel Class

One of the few yards to build on speculation, the 55 metre Steel Class superyacht from Dutch shipyard Heesen has been revised. Featuring its signature Fast Displacement Hull Form, which offers excellent fuel efficiency, comfort, seaworthiness and stability in all conditions, this steel hull has been paired with a revisited exterior design. Frank Laupman from Omega Architects gave the new 55m a more aggressive-looking profile made with continuous sheets of tinted glass. The previous vertical windows have been replaced with large floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that flood the renewed interior layout with more natural light, creating a bright indoor environment. Inspiring the interior designers from  Luca Dini Design and Architecture, each one of the new 55m Steel Class will feature a unique, customisable interior. The addition of a spacious sky lounge and wing station with a sub-deck under the foredeck offer new spatial qualities onboard the 55m Steel Class. The interior layout also includes a French balcony for the owner’s suite, with walk-in wardrobes and a bar around the whirlpool spa on the sundeck. The sundeck has been extended, while the main deck central atrium has been widened with a central staircase. Able to accommodate up to twelve guests in a six-cabin layout, this includes a full-beam owner’s stateroom, two double guest suites, two twin guest suites and one VIP suite.

They will be looked after by a crew of 13, an excellent crew to guest ratio. Powered by twin MTU 8V 4000 M63, she has a top speed of 15.5 knots.

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