The 50 metre Project Sapphire represents both a new and efficient proposition from Heesen and an evolution of the shipyard's Satori Class of fast-cruising, aluminium yachts.
Designed in collaboration with Omega Architects, the sub-500GT superyacht has been crafted with an optimised, low-drag hull design with a reduced transom depth to improve efficiency by almost 12 per cent. Combined with her two MTU 16V4000M65L green oceanic engines, each fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction units to reduce emissions, Project Sapphire offers an eco-friendly alternative to luxury yacht models.
Despite her green credentials, Projects Sapphire still retains Heesen’s high standards of onboard comfort. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated together with nine crew inside her Cristiano Gatto-styled interiors, with a full-beam owner’s stateroom located forward on the main deck. Ample space has been dedicated to outdoor living, with al fresco dining and lounge spaces positioned at each deck. Further highlights include a sun deck Jacuzzi and a fold-out beach club with a flat-screen TV for open-air movie nights.
A lower deck garage also provides convenient storage for toys and tenders her 2.15 draft makes her perfect for exploring shallow waters. Able to reach a top speed of 23 knots, Project Sapphire offers a range of 3,100 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 11 knots.
Construction is well underway with the hull and superstructure joined in January 2021 and delivery set for summer next year.