Also known as YN 20457, the model was first revealed at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show and is the first in a new class of high-speed aluminium yachts by Heesen. Construction started on speculation at the beginning of 2022 and the new build is due for delivery next year.
An Omega Architects exterior features a “shapely silhouette” with an “elongated profile” and a new “scoop-shaped stern,” according to the yard. Extensive structural and decorative glass is a key focus of the exterior design and helps to enhance the indoor and outdoor connection throughout her four decks and 780GT interior.
Frank Laupman of Omega Architects said that the studio "added a touch of aggression by way of sharp angles" and compares the overall look to "a leaping animal.”
Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests and comprises a 63-square-metre owner’s stateroom, bridge deck VIP suite and a further four guest cabins. All decks can be accessed by a stainless steel and glass elevator and crew quarters allow for a staff of 13. British studio Harrison Eidsgaard is responsible for the interior configuration.
Project Akira will be powered by a pair of IMO III-compliant MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 4,400 nautical miles at 12 knots. Much like many of Heesen's fast-cruising deliveries, the new series will feature an ultra-efficient and lightweight Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF).
“YN 20457 Project Akira is the first in a new class of yachts, which we have carefully studied and engineered to deliver optimum luxury on the water,” said Heesen CCO Mark Cavendish. "We look forward to working with the owners and their families to build a yacht that will provide many days of happy sailing and create long-lasting memories.”
MCM's Peter Wilson acted as the owner's representative.