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50m Project Aster sold by Heesen

Heesen Yachts has announced the sale of its 50 metre superyacht Project Aster, with the buyer introduced by Arcon Yachts.

The 5000 Aluminium class boat is the third yacht sold by the Dutch yard this year, following the 60 metre full custom steel displacement Project Falcon, hull YN19360 and the 81 metre fast aluminium Project Cosmos, hull YN 19480. The three sales add up to a total of 190 linear metres and 3,259GT.

Aster’s new owner will keep “virtually everything as is” says Mark Cavendish, director of sales and marketing, meaning the yard is likely to stay on track to deliver her in June 2019.

Hull YN18750, as the yacht is also known, is the seventh iteration of the Heesen 5000 Aluminium class, as designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

“The whole concept started in about 2011 with the delivery of Satori [now Septimus] ,” says Cavendish of the class. “She was the first one and she won multiple awards, so that kicked off the whole thing for a very good start, and since then we’ve consistently delivered one a year on average.”

“We are the only shipyard offering on a semi-custom basis an aluminium boat of that size and that speed, because most of the other offering are steel or fibreglass at more displacement speeds, so it’s pretty unique in the market,” he adds.

Built on speculation, Project Aster follows in the wake of the recent launch White and the recently delivered VanTom.

The sub-500GT interior has been designed by Cristiano Gatto and the Italian designer has drawn on previous Heesen 5000 Aluminium projects for inspiration. For example, the silver ceiling was first seen on Project Aster’s sister ship Satori.

Key materials on board will include brushed spruce, stainless steel inserts and woven leather, developed in collaboration with Foglizzo. The overall effect is described by the yard as “quiet and serene”.

Accommodation is for up to 12 guests split across six staterooms, including a main deck master suite and five lower deck cabins. Meanwhile, the crew quarters will be suitable for a staff of up to nine people.

The design of Aster showcases the creative fruits of Cristiano’s five-year collaboration with Heesen. Her interior design emphasises ornate craftsmanship, such as high gloss lacquered woods with complicated inserts in leather, metal, upholstery and wood.

Power will come from a pair of MTU 16V4000 diesel engines for a top speed of 23 knots and a cruising range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 49.8 metre Project Boreas and the 56 metre Project Neptune, both of which are also due for completion next year.

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