First Asteria 96 yacht delivered by Heysea
by Chris Jefferies
Developed in collaboration with Australian naval architects David Bentley Yacht Design, the first Asteria 96 was built for a Chinese client and hit the water for the first time in February 2017.
Accommodation is for six guests, split between a master suite and two convertible double staterooms, which can be set up as doubles or twins. Meanwhile the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to three people.
Other key features include a walk-in wardrobe in the owner’s cabin and a separate media room that has been fitted out with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, while subtle accent lighting adds to the relaxed ambience on board.
The interior décor was designed in-house with an elegant main saloon leading into the formal dining area. Exterior relaxation options are abundant with a superyacht sundeck, aft cockpit and foredeck seating area.
Power comes from a pair of 1,136hp Caterpillar C18 diesel engines for a top speed of 20 knots and a comfortable fast cruising speed of 16 knots. With a total fuel capacity of 5,000 litres, the Asteria 96 should be suitable for extended coastal cruises.
Heysea adds that future models can be built with a more powerful engine set-up, resulting in top speeds of up to 28 knots. Other optional extras include a larger crew quarters with room for five.