HEESEN Yachts, the world renown Dutch yacht-builder of James Bond’s “Octopussy” fame, with over 170 other world class mega-yacht constructions, only ever built TWO sailing yachts. “Veroblue” is one of the two and she is now coming up for sale
HEESEN yachts mainly custom builds motor
yachts in the 150ft – 300+ ft class and almost exclusively in aluminum
for high speed and performance.
The professional Dutch construction is reflected in this wonderful floating home that has served the engineer
owner and his family
with great memories over the last decade.
Fully refitted in 2010-12 “VeroBlue” has sailed the Atlantic and Caribbean
for years, with just mainly Dad, Mom, two teenage daughters and a Chihuahua ‘scupper-puppy’.
“Vero” as she is affectionally known, is a shorthanded sailors dream.
With Electric- winches and hydraulic furling
, sub-deck anchor Windlass
and hydraulic BOW THRUSTER, she is pretty much push button sailing with ‘big-boat’ stability, comfort and speed.
Her waterline length makes every passage
short and luxuriously comfortable. You arrive at the end of any passage
rested, fresh and ready to explore.
Vero gets her righting stability from an 8 ton centerboard keel
operated hydraulically. The Centerboard
actuating cylinder was completely renewed in 2019.
Hydraulic power for the Centerboard comes directly from the Main Engine
as well as an electro-Hydraulic Pump
for operation when the main engine
is not running.
The swing keel
retracts invisibly under the cabin
floor and allows the 8’ board-UP draft
to increase to about 13’6” board-DOWN when under sail.
The “grunt” comes from Vero’s commercial
hydraulic systems that deliver power, endurance, reliability
and longevity as only seen in the mega yachts.
Vero Blue was refinished and painted outside and completely rebuilt inside, finished in teak
, sycamore, ceramic and Corian tops.
A large main salon
table is electrically operated by push button, to hydraulically adjust for height, transforming into a giant lay-back bed
area, great for kids
to lay on and watch TV, or just dozing off.
A large cockpit
is protected from sun and spray by a Bimini
and not enough can be said about the pilothouse. Wet windy night watches are a delight for anyone at any latitude, when you can sit in a soft Captains helm
chair, listen to the stereo and take the con without having to stand watches in the salt
Vero was masterfully designed for high latitude sailing but makes no compromises for tropical sailing. Large opening hatches, opening hull ports
and dorade vents allow even the slightest breeze to keep the boat
cool and airy inside, when not running the A/C.
Inside and Outside helm
stations with duplicate controls and dual station instrumentation, autopilot
and stereo systems make even the dullest passage enjoyable and relaxing.
The Main Engine is an MTU V8 marine diesel
( Mercedes) with an ample
275 HP giving about 8 knots at only 1,100 RPM
for just a 3 gallon burn per hour.
A 15 kW Northern Lights
120/240v 60Hz Diesel Generator
is normally run about twice a day for an hour or two.
Vero also has two large solar panels
fitted onto the Bimini
structure with Generator
110/220v AC and 12v/24v DC throughout the vessel. House and Engine batteries
are 24v Gelcell with 12v inverter
supply to the electronics
Two separate 2 ton chilled water
MarineAir air-conditioning condenser units are located in the machinery room, with compact air-handlers distributed throughout each cabin
area, providing quiet cool air throughout the vessel’s upstairs and downstairs.
The Vessel was originally built to Lloyds 100A1 class, so has water
tight bulkheads aft of the main chain / sail locker, forward of the aft lazaret locker and enclosing the Engine and machinery room.
There are two separate bilge
pumping systems that utilize EIGHT 2,000 GPH high capacity 24V DC electric
submersible pumps distributed throughout the vessel’s bilges and another NINE 240 GPH 24v DC diaphragm
pumps that suck up the last drop.
All pumps have both automatic float switch and manual override controls located at the Pilothouse and in the Engine room.
Several fridges, freezer
and an icemaker, allow copious amounts of provisions to be carried for an easy Ocean crossing
Two independent RO water makers can provide up to 80 Gallons of fresh potable water per hour. So in-passage, just running the generator for an hour recharges all batteries
, pulls down the fridge/freezers, makes some ice and about 80 gallons of water burning about 1 gallon of diesel.
The abundant fresh drinking water
allows for long hot showers and for the boat
to be washed down, head
to foot at the end of a days salty passage. A joy and a luxury not many cruisers experience.
decks allow for non slip working and lazing in the sun.
is designed for comfortable spacious family living.
There is a double Vee berth private cabin forward under a breezy hatch
, with sit-down desk/bureau and adjoining private access to a head
Opposite is another private cabin with twin over-under berths having access to the forward head and its separate shower
The main salon
has a door that shuts it from the forward berth areas.
A “U” shaped galley
to Starboard and the adjustable round dinning table to port leave plenty of room to dine, watch the big-screen and doze-off.
has deep twin athwartships sinks, microwave oven
and a gimballed propane
cooker and oven
gives up-access from the lower cabins into the pilothouse, situated over the machinery room.
The Pilothouse is a large self contained totally weather
proof cabin with a circular dining table, ‘U’ shaped seating, a comfortable swiveling Pilot’s armchair and an impressive aircraft style instrument panel.
It is air conditioned but also has two opening overhead hatches. A finger-touch sliding main cabin door gives easy and direct access to the aft cockpit
Back to the downstairs, a full height walk through passage leads from the main salon past the Engine room with its fireproof and water tight door to port and a washer/drier to starboard. Continuing aft there is another door that enters into the aft Master Cabin.
A huge King size double bed
has step around floors with lockers and drawers each side. Another door leads into the sycamore blond-wood and Corian top aft head with adjoining shower cubicle.
Large opening hatches, opening portholes and dorade vents confirm the designer’s consideration to practical, all climate, onboard comfort.
The sail plan is a basic cutter
design with Hydraulic in-mast mainsail
reefing/furling, hydraulic furling genoa
and furling staysail. The aluminum mast
is about 90’ tall above its step.
includes two Furuno
Plotter, a FLEET 33 satellite
comms dome mounted on the Bimini arch, Autohelm autopilot
and B&G sailing instruments
inside and out.
The Autopilot controls the hydraulic steering
powered from a 24vDC commercial
grade hydraulic steering pump
There is a Furuno GPS
plotting system and a spare GPS
, two Marine VHF
radios, two compasses and a Plotter screen
There are presently two CQR
anchors and a collapsible Danforth, but only a short rode
of ˝” Galv. chain. It's two 250' rodes are due for replacement.
on aft lazaret deck
with manual backup.
Steps lead down to a sugar-scoop transom deck
and a hinged swim ladder.
An ELECTRIC Bauer aqualung recharging compressor
is permanently fitted in the aft lazaret locker as well as a place to store SCUBA tanks
The vessel has laid on hardstand
at a secure Trinidad boat yard over the 2020 COVID lock-downs. It has however been kept covered with a shrink plastic covering structure for the period and the interior
is air-conditioned from the deck, while on the hardstand
: 71’ ( 21.64m)
LWL: 59’ (18m)
Beam: 18’8” (5.7 m)
: approx. 8’ Board UP to 13’6” board Down
Displ: 90,000 lb ( 40.8 mT)
: 460 gal (1,742 L) Aluminum
Water: 400 Gal ( 1,514 L) Aluminum
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Laying in DRY storage
in Trinidad. Owner can sail deliver to USA.