Hull and superstructure joined on 51m Heesen 18151
by Chris Jefferies
Eidsgaard Design will be responsible for both the interior and exterior design of this semi-displacement, completely custom yacht, which will come in just below the 500GT mark when it hits the water in 2018.
This is the first time that the Dutch superyacht builder is working with the innovative, London-based design studio. Eidsgaard has been a fast-rising name in superyacht design, making a mark with eye-catching exteriors, such as the 40 metre Wally sailing yacht Angels Share and the 77.7 metre Feadship Tango.
The client, who is stepping up from an existing Heesen yacht, was brought in last year by SuperYachts Monaco.
In a statement, the yard said: "The translation from drawings to aluminium has worked perfectly and we believe that this yacht will generate genuine interest amongst superyacht connoisseurs." Heesen adds that YN 18151 will feature extensive use of curved glass to create a fighter jet aesthetic.
Accommodation is for ten guests split across a master suite and four double cabins, while the crew quarters allow for a staff of up to ten people. With a nine metre beam, this tri-deck superyacht will displace 318 tonnes.
Power will come from a pair of 4,613hp MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines for a top speed of 25 knots. When trimmed back to 11 knots, YN 18151 will have a maximum cruising range of 2,425 nautical miles, thanks to the total fuel capacity of 55,500 litres.
Slated for a 2018 launch, YN 18151 is one of eight Heesen Yachts in the 2016 Global Order Book. Other projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 55 metre Project Alida and the 49.80 metre Project Nova, both of which are due to launch next year.