Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Heesen sails ahead with second launch for 2016

A new 50-m semi-displacement superyacht built by Heesen Yachts has hit the waters, its second launch this year.

YN 17650, called Project Akoya, was launched at a private ceremony at Heesen’s shipyard in Oss, and was the second launch of the year by the Dutch shipyard, after the 70-m Galactica Super Nova hit the water earlier this year.

YN 17650 is the fifth in the award-winning 50m class with streamlined exterior styling by Omega Architects. The ‘shark grey’ hull colour adds grace to the elegant exterior lines. 

Four clearly defined deck areas provide space for every occasion: a foredeck for secluded relaxation, a vast 70-sqm sundeck, shaded dining on the upper deck aft terrace, and a multifunctional main deck aft. 

Space has been optimised throughout and YN 17650 has the highest possible internal volume under the 500GT threshold. 12 guests are accommodated in 6 staterooms. The master suite is located on the main deck, while the remaining guest cabins are on the lower deck and include a full-beam VIP, two twins (that can transform into doubles) and two doubles, all with ensuite bathrooms. 

YN 17650 will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea where she is expected to reach a top speed of 23 knots. She will be delivered to her owner in June 2016.

Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss, Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to employ aluminium for the yacht hulls. Since then it has become a world leader in the design, engineering and construction of high-performance motoryachts. In 1992 it expanded its business to include the construction of displacement yachts, and today delivers superyachts within the 34-75 m size range, and beyond. 

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