Heesen | When the hull joins superstructure, a new yacht is about to be born

Last December (2016) Heesen Yachts announced the joining of the hull and superstructure of YN 18250 (Project Ayla). The process was completed at the facility in Oss.

Project Ayla is a 50m semi-displacement yacht with sleek exterior lines styled by the talented Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Embodying Heesen’s DNA with its aluminium, hard-chine hull and distinctive superstructure, the successful 50m semi-displacement class is an emblem of sporty elegance coupled with impressive performance in terms of speed, range and stability.

Two MTU 16V series 4000 are installed on board Project Ayla. Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineers created the hull design based on the cumulative experience of building 36 semi-displacement yachts over 40m. The result is one of the most efficient hull forms on the market, perfectly executed by Heesen’s skilled, in-house welders. Thanks to her unique combination of design and craftsmanship, Project Ayla will reach a maximum speed of 23 knots and deliver a transatlantic range of 3,200nm at 11 knots. No other yacht currently available on the market offers similar performance!

But Project Ayla is not only about speed and power, she is also very much about comfort and space. Zero speed stabilizers reduce motion to a minimum while at anchor and the yacht offers the best internal volume possible in a design package below the 500GT threshold. Twelve guests are accommodated in six cabins. The full-beam master suite is traditionally located on the main deck forward, while the guest cabins are found on the lower deck, including one full-beam VIP, 2 twin, and 2 double staterooms, all with private en suite bathrooms.

Cristiano Gatto created a minimalist chic interior, a contemporary interpretation of New Déco style inspired by the work of design legend Jean-Michel Frank. Clients have the opportunity to personalise the décor at different stages of the construction process thanks to the extensive use of fabric upholstery, both on vertical and horizontal surfaces. This will allow the new owners to choose material and colour palettes to create the atmosphere that corresponds to their own taste and lifestyle.

The balance between outdoor and indoor space is perfect with no less than four al-fresco dining possibilities available for guests to choose from. The 70-sqm sundeck is one of the most popular areas on board with its forward spa pool surrounded by sunpads, a full-service bar and a dining table for twelve. The bridge deck aft terrace connects with the sky lounge offering a splendid setting for dining with stunning views. Casual al-fresco dining is also possible forward in front of the bridge and on the aft terrace on the main deck.

After intensive sea trials in the North Sea, project Ayla will be available for delivery in April 2018.