Heesen's superyacht project Azuro, the yard's fourth 50 metre semi-displacement aluminium yacht, is nearing completion, and we recently met up with Mark Cavendish, Heesen's Sales and Marketing Director, to find our more about this new yacht.
Azuro is a sistership to Ice Angel, Ventura and Satori, one of the most highly rated of her size, winning the ultimate accolade of World Superyacht of the Year.
"All four yachts are based on the same extremely efficient semi-dipslacement hull design giving speeds up to 23 knots and exceptional efficiency at low speeds for example at 10 knots the consumption is as low as 120 litres per hour!" Mark commented, when asked about some of the special features of the 50 metre series.
"Satori has a total of 5 cabins with the striking Remi Tessier interior, Ice Angel is different with her 6 cabins and highly customised interior designed by her owner. Ventura has 7 cabins and Azuro has 6 cabins and both have interior design by Francesco Paszkowski in different but contemporary style, so all the yachts are different and each has been customised to their owner's requirements".
When we ask about the stage of the construction, Mark says: "Construction is at a very advanced stage. The luxury interior is being installed and the paintwork is about 90%. She will be launched into the water at the end of March!"
Looking at that luxury interior, Paszkowski’s style takes the form of natural minimalism and Azuro is an ideal yacht for such a beautifully pure concept.
Just three materials have been selected for all interior surfaces: teak, limestone and leather. In the main saloon silk-surfaced limestone adorns the sideboards, floorboards are of unpolished teak and the ceiling is covered with pale tan leather.
The sky lounge is designed around the idea of concentric circles: curved glazed doors set behind curved soft sofas and circular polished steel tables. For entertaining, the saloon leads out to a dining terrace that provides spectacular panoramic views.
Azuro’s master suite is set forward on the main deck. Both bedroom and bathroom are full-beam with windows along the entire length of the suite. The minimalist theme is calm and contemporary with sliding panels concealing details such as the entertainment system. Additional suites are all on the lower deck and include a full-beam VIP with a large ensuite bathroom, two double and two twin cabins.
Mark finishes by summing up Azuro's unique selling points."Her advanced light weight aluminium construction giving both high speed and low fuel consumption at lower speeds, her long range and her 6 cabin guest accommodation. She is Dutch built at one of the leading shipyards in the world renowned for its quality and reliability".