[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 47m megayacht will be on display at the upcoming Dubai International Boat Show 2016. The second hull in the Heesen restyled 47-metre class, delivered last year, was proof positive of the enduring appeal of traditional Heesen elegance combined with contemporary flair and performance.
Simplicity, they say, is the ultimate form of sophistication and it is no coincidence that prior to her christening Asya was known as Project Hé, which in Chinese means “the simplest form of peace and harmony.” The sleek lines and pelican bow are classic Heesen features, but the exterior styling of our iconic 47-metre class was subtly reworked by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects to present a crisper profile. Part of this restyling process included a significant improvement to the housing of the rescue tender in an enclosed bay in the foredeck – a remarkable touch of grace considering the yacht is under the 500GT threshold.
For the sophisticated interior design, the London-based and award-winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell brought their distinctive touch to the project by creating a restful ambience with a Far Eastern feel inspired by the work of Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd-Wright and Tadao Ando, the Japanese architect renowned for his spatial sense that emphasises the beauty of simplicity.
Thanks to her well-engineered steel hull with bulbous bow, Asya will ensure a smooth path through water, and will be the perfect home away from home in all sea conditions. Two MTU diesel engines 8V 4000 M63, will allow her to reach a maximum speed of 15 knots, and at 12 knots will allow her to have a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
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