Videoworks has partnered with Dutch boatbuilder Heesen to supply a complete audio-visual and IT package for the 67m Heesen superyacht Sparta.

Videoworks says the successful project marks the start of a collaboration with the shipyard, which specialises in superyachts ranging from 50 to 80-metres.

The Videoworks system installed on Sparta equipment bears the strong stamp of the boat’s build owner. This is particularly true with the graphical user interface, which complements the yacht’s Winch interiors. The strong use of colour and natural themes in the decor is reflected in the MyInfo app, which controls the AV system.

“MyInfo is Videoworks’ award-winning iPad app, now in its third generation, and it gives full control over audio and visual content across Sparta,” says Stefan Nieuwenhuys, general manager of Videoworks Europe BV. “This project demanded a highly customised graphical user interface, featuring some very specific icons and functions to match the way the build owner wanted to use the systems. We have a complete IT team in-house who did all the programming and design work to deliver that vision.”

The equipment itself is described as a first for Heesen. A big, centralised AV rack on the tank deck contains media servers and storage that can deliver audio and video content from any of the outlets across the boat – from cabins to social areas inside and out. Speakers and subwoofers in each zone provide surround sound, and the pick of the many screens measures a generous 75 inches, flush fitted in the main saloon.

“We built the system in a way that we can distribute audio and video centrally from a single point, using our own proprietary standards,” says Nieuwenhuys. “This makes the setup future-proof because it allows us to swap over to high-speed internet streaming services without replacing equipment all over the yacht. The upgrade is all prepared, even down to the cable connecting to the Starlink antenna.”

Sparta has been a long time in the design and build, so the initial contact between Videoworks and Heesen goes back to 2021. There are a further two Heesen yachts in build with Videoworks systems on board, and another three at the proposal stage.

“From light and temperature to presence sensors and energy meters, our smart automation systems go far beyond entertainment,” says Nieuwenhuys. “We are delighted to welcome Heesen as a valued new customer, and are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the future. Quality and innovation are the watchwords for our brand, and we have found that Heesen fully shares these values.”

Piet van der Linden of Heesen Yachts adds: “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Videoworks on the Sparta project. The team has been extraordinarily responsive over some quite demanding custom features, and communication has been excellent.

“We are a busy yard with a number of custom and semi-custom yachts at various stages of build, and we are looking forward to working with Videoworks on more of these in the future.”