Dutch yard Heesen has offered a first glimpse of the Cristiano Gatto-designed interiors of its latest 50 metre all-aluminium Project Orion.
The yacht, which is also known as YN 20750, is being built on speculation with delivery slated for the first quarter of 2025. Once complete, she will join sisterships Home and Amare II on the water. Frank Laupman, together with his studio Omega Architects, designed the yacht's exterior.
The design team has made full use of the yacht's large windows, low bulwarks and six-cabin layout to satisfy a brief for comfortable, yet elegant interiors. “The interior style of Project Orion is the result of our research moved by matching and partially contrasting needs: comfort in luxury," said Cristiano Gatto.
More than 35 different types of high-gloss woods, woven leather, marbles and custom carpets will feature throughout the yacht, with a contrast of colours and shapes working to create a contemporary theme.
Technical features on board this yacht for sale include a shallow 2.15 metre draft, a sub-500 GT enclosed volume and a hybrid propulsion system that promises to deliver silent and efficient cruising.
At 12 knots, Project Orion will consume 98 litres per hour excluding hotel load, while at 10 knots in hybrid mode, consumption falls to a mere 45 litres per hour. This impressive performance will be achieved with two MTU 12V 2000 M61 (IMO III) engines of just 600kW each, a compact size that demonstrates the efficiency of the yacht's Fast Displacement Hull Form.
Speaking at the keel laying ceremony, Heesen CCO Friso Visser, CCO said: "At Heesen, we are pioneers in the construction of superyachts in small series, on proven hull designs, propulsion systems and engineering, with individual interiors. The idea of advancing the build by a year or two before the customer signs up reduces delivery time, along with the costs saved in design and development. It has proved to be a winning formula.”
The construction update comes at a busy time for the Dutch yard, with nine other projects currently in build at the yard and the recent delivery of Lusine.