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Exclusive: 55m Heesen superyacht Laurentia delivered

The 55 metre steel-hulled superyacht Laurentia has been delivered. Formerly known as Project Alida, she achieved a top speed of 16.6 knots on sea trials, her builder Heesen adds.

Secretly launched in July, she was built on speculation and sold in March. Laurentia features clean, muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. One notable feature of the exterior styling is the original “shark tooth” design detail of the wheelhouse overhang.

Omega has put a priority on indoor-outdoor living and the yacht features glass inserts in the bulwarks and 180-degree floor to ceiling windows in the 102 square metre skylounge so full views can be enjoyed from anywhere on board.

The accommodation stretches out across her 740GT interior, allowing for up to 12 guests in six staterooms. She has a main-deck master suite and five staterooms below decks, including a one full-beam aft VIP, two twin cabins and two double cabins, all of which feature en-suite bathroom facilities.

Watch as Laurentia returns from her sea trials

Miami-based design firm Radyca was brought in to design the interiors, which convey a relaxed lifestyle throughout the yacht. Ramon Alonso, lead designer at the studio said: “The objective was to create a clean and simple, yet sophisticated interior that evokes tranquillity in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere."

This was achieved through widespread use of natural hues and materials such as open-grain white oak, dark wenge wood, different tones of taupe and grey leathers, white Arabescato and brown Grecale marble, wool carpets and light textured suedes.

Outside spaces are generous as well, with a 110 square metre sundeck complete with spa pool. Laurentia’s tenders will be launched from the foredeck, leaving the transom free for a spacious superyacht beach club.

In terms of naval architecture, she rides on a Fast Displacement Hull Form designed by Van Oossanen, which ensures she will be frugal on fuel and have a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots, or cruise at 15 knots powered by Twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 55 metre Project Antares, which is due to hit the water next year.

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