Heesen Yachts has officially confirmed that 50m Project Akoya has been introduced to the water during a private ceremony held in Oss, The Netherlands. Project Akoya is the second launch of the year by the Dutch shipyard – one month after 70m Galactica Super Nova hit the water.
Formerly YN 17650, the 50m semi displacement yacht is the fifth hull in the award winning 50m Heesen class, with exterior styling by Omega Architects. Project Akoya is the 42nd time that Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has penned the exterior of a Heesen project, which is 45.6 per cent of the entire Heesen fleet.
The exterior of Project Akoya emanates the Heesen brand styling, whilst maintaining a sense of individuality, which is a difficult task in the semi-custom market. Throughout the years, Heesen has managed to keep building yachts which possess similar design and technical elements, but vary in their final appearance.
Project Akoya has four main decks on board, which include a vast 70 square metre sundeck and shaded dining on the aft upper deck. Space has been well optimised on YN17650 in order to achieve the largest volume possible under the 500gt threshold.
The interior design has been left in the capable hands of Cristiano Gatto with stylings by Dutch designer Marcel Wolterinck, known for their earthy, natural colour usage and contemporary finishes.
YN 17650 will now embark on an extensive period of sea trials in the North Sea, where she is expected to reach a top speed of 23 knots.
Heesen currently have nine yachts under construction, with an average LOA of 52.53m. Delivery for project Akoya is scheduled this year, as is 70m Galactica Super Nova.