Aquamarine: Heesen’s first 5000 Aluminium yacht under construction

Written by Charl van Rooy

Heesen Yachts has announced the addition of a new model to its Aluminium Class of yachts; the 50-metre project Aquamarine (YN 18950). Construction on this unit has already begun and according to the shipyard will be ready for delivery in January 2021.Heesen 5000 Aluminium Aquamarine Photo: Heesen Yachts

For this new model, Heesen developed a new hull together with the hydrodynamic gurus at Van Oossanen Naval Architects. A raised transom shape and propeller tunnels were incorporated into the design to optimise performance while reducing the vessel’s draft to a mere 2.15 metres; ideal for island hopping in the Bahamas and exploring uncharted bays in the Mediterranean. Heesen 5000 Aluminium Aquamarine Photo: Heesen YachtsHeesen 5000 Aluminium Aquamarine Photo: Heesen Yachts

The all-aluminium motor yacht not only features a fresh design style by Omega Architects and Heesen’s characteristic performance capabilities but also comes complete with an eco-friendly power plant and onboard system. This makes Aquamarine the first fast-cruising sub-500 GT motor yacht that is Tier III compliant according to the builder. MTU’s new 16V 4000 M65L engines will be installed which operates together with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions. In addition, soot filters further reduce Aquamarine’s carbon footprint. Heesen 5000 Aluminium Aquamarine Photo: Heesen Yachts

A raised aft deck means the design team could incorporate a full-height tender garage at the stern which also doubles as a luxury waterside beach club when the craft has been launched.

Designer Frank Laupman comments on the design style of Aquamarine and how this model fits in with Heesen’s existing lineup: “The design we created for the new 5000 Aluminium Class combines our own heritage with that of Heesen as a builder of elegant and sporty aluminium motor yachts. The ‘integrated hull and body design’, which was first seen on the iconic 65-metre Galactica Star, gives a strong character to the yacht’s profile.”Heesen 5000 Aluminium Aquamarine Photo: Heesen Yachts

For the interior, Cristiano Gatto has created a Japanese-inspired theme that connects the yacht’s luxury guest areas. 12 guests in total can be accommodated on board in a grand master stateroom on the main deck and four spacious guest suites on the lower deck. 

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