Last week we announced the christening of superyacht Lady L at Heesen Yachts. The yard has now released more information on YN 15944, formerly Project Zentric. This vessel is the eighth in the successful 44 metre all-aluminium class: The first, YN 13644 Sedation, was launched back in 2007.
YN 15944 was begun as a project “on stock project” by the shipyard. In this economically tumultuous period, being able to build boats before you have buyers for them is a real sign of financial health and strength. Heesen is fortunate enough to be among the few shipyards that can still do this. Their commercial strategy, underpinned by excellent production organization and know-how, is the key to this success: they build competitive, high-performance luxury yachts with very appealing delivery schedules.
YN 15944 is the third of the four contracts Heesen signed in 2011. Last November, through Nakhimov Yachts, they sealed the deal and just two months later were able to celebrate the launch. This is an incredible result, made possible by tireless team-work between Heesen and all the professionals that contributed to the genesis of Lady L. Building in aluminium to enormously demanding tolerances, the Heesen hull-form is unique – quite simply no other ship shape can so effectively optimise the way a yacht moves through the water.
Lady L reaches the remarkable speed of 25 knots, making her the fastest 44 metre yacht of her style on the market, thanks to twin MTU 2.720kW engines combined with unmatched experience in weight reduction and the ultra-efficient Heesen hull. This ensures an increase in space never means a decrease in speed. Using the experience gained from constructing previous 44 metre aluminium yachts, Heesen has designed Lady L to fully maximise the amount of deck space available resulting in even greater levels of luxury.
It’s likely guests will spend most of their time at sea on the wonderful 45 square metre sun deck. They’ll also enjoy the main and upper aft decks as the perfect locations for alfresco dining or just lounging in the shade; while the seating area on the foredeck is ideal for catching the breeze when at anchor, or for privacy when docked stern-to in the harbour. Frank Laupman from Omega designed the timelessly refined interiors where pale woods and precious fabrics emphasise light and space. The sleek, classic Deco design keeps the areas elegant and clutter-free. The main saloon is split into three distinct areas within the open-plan layout. In addition to the main sofas and dining areas, there is an intimate semicircular seating area adjacent to the huge curved sliding glass doors. The sky lounge has been designed to provide several different entertaining and relaxation spaces. Deep sofas line both sides of the room, while an aft circular arrangement of stools and table creates a laid-back atmosphere.
Ten guests can be accommodated in five cabins. The full-beam master suite is situated on the main deck and includes a study and full-beam his-and-hers marble bathroom. Two double and two twin cabins, all with ensuite marble bathrooms, are located on the lower deck.