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Heesen Project Ruya spotted on sea trials

Heesen’s newest 47 metre yacht Project Ruya has completed her sea trials off the coast of the Netherlands, where she exceeded her estimated top speed of 15 knots.

Speaking exclusively to Boat International, Heesen's Mark Cavendish said: "Project Ruya is 100% finished and ready to go. Over the course of building 11 yachts in this series we've tweaked and refined the process to make the most of the interior space. For example, the huge upper deck saloon is much bigger than you'd expect on a yacht of this size."

The sistership to the award-winning 47 metre Elena, Project Ruya also boasts an enormous 85 square metre superyacht sundeck with space for working out, dining and relaxing. Exterior designers Omega Architects created an al fresco dining space on the upper deck aft, with seating on the main deck aft and foredeck to create a total of 180 square meters of outdoor deck space.

Powered by twin 1,341hp MTU 8V 4000 diesel engines, Project Ruya has an impressive transatlantic range of 4,000 nautical miles when cruising at 12 knots. Her precision steel hull with a bulbous bow and zero-speed stabilisers provides maximum comfort in all sea conditions or at anchor.

Her folding transom door offers easy access to the water via a large swim platform and reveals a stern garage with room for a 6.5 metre tender and a 3 metre Yamaha Wave Runner.

Project Ruya is Heesen’s fifth 47 metre superyacht developed collaboration with the London-based design studio Bannenberg & Rowell. The interior of Project Ruya, which can accommodate 12 guests in five suites, was inspired by Galactica Star, which they also worked on.

"We took the idea of movement as the foundation for the new interior concept for Project Ruya,” Dickie Bannenberg comments, “so expect a taut muscular and fluid design with sporty, hi-tech finishes. The ambience will be fresh and light with textiles, carpets and graphics discreetly referencing themes of energy, direction and progress."

Built on speculation, Project Ruya is offered for sale and will join the fleet of 47 metre Heesen yachts, which also includes Lady Petra and Elena.

Other projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 49.8 metre Project Nova, which is due to launch before the end of the month.

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