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47m Heesen Atina pictured following major refit

27 March 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky


Motor Yacht
Heesen Yachts ·  47 m ·  2008

The 47-metre superyacht Atina has been pictured for the first time following an extensive refit project at Turkish yard FDC Yachts. She was redelivered in July last year, and went on make an appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show 2023. 

Built in 2008 by Heesen, Atina has sailed under many names since her launch including Elandess, Raasta and most recently Naseem. She was sold to a new owner in June 2021 and checked into FDC Yachts’ 6,000 square metre facilities in Bodrum, Turkey, in November 2021. The refit work was overseen by Red Yacht Design and lasted eight months, with major changes to her interior and exterior as well as technical and system upgrades throughout.

Design work for the refit was awarded to Red Yacht Design

Cana Gokhan, design director and co-founder of Red Yacht Design, said the aim was to make the most out of Atina's exterior spaces with a significant focus placed on the sun deck, at the owner's request. The deck was redesigned with a larger pool set forward of the new navigation mast and an enormous bar that can seat up to 12 guests for parties or sporting events (with the addition of a TV). The bar has been specially arranged so that the owner can work at the bar away from the circulation of the crew.

Atina was sold to a new owner in June 2021

The aft area of the sun deck, which was originally left empty with free-standing loungers, has been redesigned to include fixed sofas and sun pads. Above, a new hardtop and mast were designed to be more modern while integrating with the existing lines of the superstructure. Side windows were added to shield the area from wind and offer a higher degree of privacy to guests on board.

Elsewhere, the bridge deck aft has been redesigned to accommodate a more spacious lounge area for "hanging out" after an evening meal, while the garage has been transformed into a "casual" beach club space with a gym and direct access to the water provided by an electric swim ladder added to the transom door .Jet skis will now be stored in the well of the foredeck.

A new interior, also by Red Yacht Design, features a revised upper saloon designed in close collaboration with the owner, with a new entertainment system installed throughout. Other works include a refreshed paint job and a machinery overhaul, including a rebuild of her engines and generators and various technical upgrades in the engine room and wheelhouse. Up to 10 guests and nine crew can be accommodated on board.

Atina was redelivered at the end of July 2022

Speaking on the new project in the past, Eyup Ozbelen, managing partner of FDC Yachts, said: "Atina is one of the most exciting refit projects of this year. The owner wanted comfortable, innovative and inspiring work in the refit and design process. So, FDC Yachts and its suppliers worked hard to make the owner’s demands a reality.’’

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Heesen Yachts   47 m •  2008

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