The construction of Heesen‘s YN 20457, Project Akira, has begun at the Oss shipyard. The first in a new class of high-speed aluminum yachts by the Dutch shipbuilder, the 57-meter yacht features an enclosed volume of about 780 GT, and has a lightweight ultra-efficientient FDHF hull that will give her a top speed of 22 knots with two IMO III-compliant MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines.
The all-aluminum hull is the latest class of the patented Fast Displacement Hull Form, created by Dutch hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen and further engineered by Heesen’s naval architects. Thanks to her low-drag underwater body, Project Akira is fast but uses up to half the fuel of a traditional steel displacement yacht of the same size. Thanks to her shallow draft of just 2.3 meters, she is also a go-anywhere yacht.
Heesen’s long-term partner Frank Laupman of Omega Architects created the yacht’s exterior design. Her lines are characterized by a shapely profile, a gently raked bow, and daring fashion plates. YN 20457 features the distinctive scalloped transom to increase the size of the large fixed swim platform.
Heesen’s engineering department collaborated with Harrison Eidsgaard to create Akira’s 400 sqm of luxury interior space. The yacht’s owners will be able to customize the interior décor. “It’s a relatively simple aesthetic,” explains Ewa Eidsgaard. “It invites personalization but showcases loose artisanal furniture, such as the handcrafted console in the main salon. This only features three materials – pewter, leather inlays and wood veneer – but its detailing and subtle tonal variations give it a decorative richness. The types of materials used throughout the interior reflect light around the rooms and create a sociable, tactile ambience that frames far-reaching views out to sea,” she adds. “Stainless steel finishes, dark pewter accents and metalized materials bring a sense of warmth to the room without detracting from the beauty of the outdoors.”
There are six suites to accommodate twelve guests. The 63 sqm owner’s stateroom on the main deck includes a study, the bedroom with his-and-hers closets, and a full-beam bathroom with a bathtub and shower stall. Four double suites are located on the lower deck, while the VIP cabin is up on the bridge deck. All decks are served by the glass elevator.
Outdoor spaces offer the ultimate experience of life at sea. Large windows create connectivity between indoors and out. From dining al fresco on the upper aft terrace, to the vast sundeck with its jacuzzi, and from the forward seating area on the bridge deck down to the beach club, there are plenty of places for owners and guests to relax.
Project Akira is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2024.
Article Source: Lux Expose