Heesen Yachts launches Project Akoya

Heesen Yachts HY17650

Project Akoya, otherwise known as hull number YN 17650, a 50m semi-displacement yacht, was launched by builders Heesen yachts at a private ceremony recently.

Despite launching, the yacht’s name has not been released by the owner

She is the fifth in the award-winning 50m series and features a familiar streamlined exterior styling by Omega Architects.

The ‘shark grey’ hull colour adds grace to her elegant exterior lines.

Four clearly defined deck areas provide space for every occasion: a foredeck for secluded relaxation, a vast 70-sqm sundeck, shaded dining on the upper deck aft terrace, and a multifunctional main deck aft.

Space has been optimised throughout and YN 17650 has the highest possible internal volume under the 500GT threshold. 12 guests are accommodated in 6 staterooms. 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 unnamed yacht will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea where she is expected to reach a top speed of 23 knots. She will be delivered to her owner and officially named in June 2016.