During a private ceremony held on Friday 1st April 2016, Heesen Yachts launched hull YN 17650; a 50 metre full aluminium semi-displacement yacht known as project Akoya. Designed by Omega Architects, the fifth yacht in this 50m calss shares a similar exterior styling as sisters Septimus, Monaco Wolf, and Ice Angel amongst others, with a ‘shark grey’ hull making her easily identifiable.
Space has been optimised throughout andYN17650 has the highest possible internal volume under the 500GT threshold.12 guests are accommodated in 6 staterooms in an interior deisgned by Cristiano Gatto. The master suite is located on the main deck, while the remaining guest cabins are on the lower deck and include a full-beam VIP, two twins (that can transform into doubles) and two doubles, all with ensuite bathrooms.
The yacht will now undergo sea trials where she is expected to reach a top speed of 23 knots. Her owner will take delivery in June 2016, ready to cruise the coming summer season.
Photos by Dick Holthuis