Heesen has delivered its latest 50m superyacht to her owner after successful sea trials in the North Sea. Formerly known as Project Aster, the owner named his new yacht Masa, meaning ‘my diamond’, during a private ceremony. Monaco-based Arcon Yachts introduced the client and represented his interests throughout the construction.
This yacht is the eighth in Heesen’s 5000 Aluminium Class, which has proven to be one of the shipyard’s most popular ranges. The vessel has capacity for 12 guests with five lower deck suites and a master stateroom on the main deck forward.
The interior design, by Cristiano Gatto, features light colours and silver detail with the hope of creating a tranquil atmosphere inside. The exterior lines of the yacht are distinctive, as designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, featuring a pelican-beak bow with reverse sheer and a sporty mast.
"Masa’s beauty does not lie exclusively in her aesthetics – her 50m all-aluminium semi-displacement hull has been designed, engineered and welded by Heesen’s in-house team to the smallest tolerances,” explains a Heesen representative. “With considered naval architecture and precision, lightweight aluminium construction, Masa exceeded the contractual speed of 23 knots thanks to two MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines. At 50m and coming in below 500gt, Masa perfectly combines performance, comfort, space and refined luxury.”
In keeping with the overall market trend, Heesen’s deliveries have been increasing in size over the years, although slightly behind the average delivered LOA in Holland. Over the last five years, Heesen has built an average of 3.8 yachts a year, contributing to nearly 25 per cent of the Dutch superyacht market in 2014.
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