As we approach the final month of the year, Heesen Yachts has confirmed the sale of its fifth yacht in 2017.

The 50m fast displacement motoryacht, hull YN 18650, or Project Boreas, is a full-aluminium motoryacht based on the design and engineering platform of the shipyard’s ‘Nova Plus’, as detailed on its website. The Nova Plus platform means the Project Boreas’ owner will benefit from a fast boat without affecting the efficiency and performance of the fast-displacement-hull superyacht.

The client is, in fact, an experienced sailing-yacht owner, but has been attracted to this motor platform due to its efficiency, versatility and the seakeeping element of the fast-displacement-hull form, combined, of course, with its design. The client approached the shipyard directly, and worked closely with Heesen Yachts’ engineers to customise Project Boreas, which, at the time, was already a year into construction.

The owner has requested an additional helm station on the fly bridge, which will allow him to pilot the yacht himself – just one of the additions the client’s extensive sailing background has brought. He has also requested a smaller supserstructure overhang above the aft terraces, allowing for more natural light in the interior; more space and seating in front of the bridge for the crew; a sky lounge with openable windows to create a hybrid indoor-outdoor space; and a personalised layout on the lower deck that suits the client’s family lifestyle and accommodation requirements.

The vessel’s interior has been appointed to Mark Whiteley Design, with the brief of creating something welcoming and inviting, the construction of which will take place by Heesen Yachts Interiors. The layout itself follows a conventional format, with the master stateroom on the main deck forward and five guest suites on the lower deck, allowing for 12 passengers and nine crew.

Her twin MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines (1,080kW each) will allow the yacht to reach a top speed of nearly 20 knots, and at 12 knots will have a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles, and what the shipyard has described as “a frugal fuel consumption” of approximately 98 litres an hour, something the yard has termed “remarkable for a 50m yacht of 499gt displacing 320 tonnes”.

Project Boreas is one of 11 superyachts in Heesen Yachts’ order book, and is one of four fast displacement hull forms under construction at the yard.

Heesen Yachts has had a successful 2017 so far, with three motoryacht deliveries – 55m Laurentia, 47m Book Ends and 50m Home – a cumulative 152m of deliveries this year.

Project Boreas will be delivered in July 2019, after sea trials in the North Sea.

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