For over 15 years, Bering Yachts has been delivering the kind of state-of-the-art watercraft most of us could only dream of. Now, the luxury superyacht manufacturer has expanded its range with M/Y Heeus – the first of its ambitious B145 explorer yachts – which took to the water in Turkey on April 28.
Measuring 145 feet in length, with a volume of 499 GT and a full displacement steel hull of 514 metric tons, we imagine Heeus and the rest of the B145 vessels will be hard to miss. Developed by Bering’s in-house team of engineers and naval architects, Heeus was designed to stand up to the tough conditions found on the open ocean, while providing the kind of extreme comfort only the mega-rich would expect to enjoy on a globe-spanning sea journey.
To help guests pass the time during those long days on the open water, Heeus has been fitted with a host of luxurious amenities, including a spa zone, bar and gas grill on the flybridge, which is the open deck above the main bridge. Visitors to the main deck will find a saloon with a 12-person capacity dining area, while a second dining area can be found in the sky lounge on the upper deck – variety is the spice of life, after all.
Sleeping quarters come in the form of a master stateroom located on the main deck towards the yacht’s bow, which boasts more than 9.5 metres of generous glass windows. Other passengers can have their pick of five guest rooms, while the crew of up to 11 are split between two crew staterooms and the captain’s quarters.
Naturally, a life at sea calls for adventurous appetites beyond merely luxuriating with a cocktail and a fancy meal, which is why the Heeus boasts an “ice belt” midship that Bering claims will enable the vessel’s owner to “explore the most distant and cold corners of our planet.”
Assisting in this call to adventure are twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT marine propulsion engines, which deliver a maximum speed of 15 knots. Heeus also features a hybrid propulsion system in which the propeller is driven by electric motors charged by a bank of batteries that are recharged by high-efficiency, variable-speed DC generators.
Bering founder Alexey Mikhailov boasted, somewhat predictably, that the launch is the start of big things for the company: “We are very proud to have this first hull in the model range to be launched on the water. This will be the beginning of a new chapter for the Bering Yachts company.”
The B145 joins Bering’s range of seven sub-24-metre yachts and three other superyacht models, which max out with the 55-metre B180. While that’s all very impressive, if given the choice we think we might go below the surface instead and take a spin in the U-Boat Worx 9-Person Underwater Party Sub.