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50m Heesen superyacht Masa begins sea trials

The eighth hull in Heesen Yachts' 5000 Aluminium Class Masa has commenced sea trials.

It comes after the yacht, which was previously known as Project Aster, hit the water for the first time last month.

She was christened Masa, meaning "my diamond", at a private naming ceremony. The sale of the 50 metre yacht was announced in December last year, with the buyer introduced by Arcon Yachts.

Masa's exterior design comes courtesy of Frank Laupman's Omega Architects, with key details including a "pelican beak bow" and "sporty mast". Her all-aluminium, semi displacement hull, meanwhile, has been designed and engineered by Heesen's in-house team.

The sub-500GT interior has been designed by Cristiano Gatto and is described as “fresh and elegant”. A light palette of colours creates an atmosphere of “tranquillity”, the yard said.

Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests and nine crew. Guest accommodation comprises five lower deck guest suites and a main deck master stateroom located forward.

Power will come from a pair of MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines for a top speed of 23 knots and a cruising range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Masa will stay at the Heesen shipyard following her launch to complete the final stages of construction. She will then depart for her maiden journey to Hellevoetsluis in southern Holland, where she will undertake “rigorous sea trials and official tests” before delivery takes place in June 2019.

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