Project Aura is the third hull in Heesen’s 50 Steel class designed to deliver the largest possible interior volume while remaining below the 500GT threshold. Taking cues from classic automotive design, a striking exterior bears the hallmarks of its Dutch shipyard’s sporty DNA, pairing a traditional peak bow with a reverse sheer line and curves along the superstructure.
A “Scandinavian chic” interior by Reymond Langton Design invites guests in. Its simplicity creates an understated elegance with a neutral palette of greys and whites offset by accents of green, blue and turquoise and a light brown Canaletto wood. The main saloon strikes a balance between a formal setting for fine dining and a place in which to retreat from the heat of the sun. Above, a skylounge offers a secondary space in which to relax and regroup each day, flanked by large rectangular windows granting sea views from every angle.
Aura can sleep up to 10 guests in five cabins with a crew of nine. Each cabin acts as a peaceful refuge, with light Tanganyika walls and white marble-class en suite bathrooms. The accommodations comprise a full-beam owner's stateroom, three double guest suites and one twin guest suite.
Plenty of space has been allotted to al fresco entertaining too. A sundeck comes complete with a forward Jacuzzi, sheltered from the elements by wraparound glass panels, as well as a bar, shaded dining table and sun loungers aft. A second al fresco dining option can be found on the aft deck below along with a lounge made up of low-slung loose furniture for morning coffees or sunset cocktails. On the lower deck, tenders have been moved to the bow to allow for a beach club.
Currently under construction in Oss, Project Aura will join her sisterships Omaha and Arkadia when she hits the water later this year. Delivery is on track for October 2021.