Hull and superstructure joined on Heesen 50m Project Electra
by Miranda Blazeby
Dutch yard Heesen has revealed that the hull and superstructure of the in-build 49.8 metre hybrid yacht Project Electra have now been joined.
The construction milestone took place at the yard’s Oss facility on November 10. Electra will be the second hull in Heesen’s 50 metre 5000 class after Home, which was delivered in 2017.
Project Electra’s hybrid electric diesel propulsion system will be “quieter and more fuel efficient,” according to the yard, and will enable the yacht to operate in four different cruising modes.
Hybrid mode will allow the yacht to travel silently at nine knots while economic mode will allow for a top speed of nine to 12 knots with the main engines on and generators off. Meanwhile the traditional cruising mode will allow for a speed between 12 and 15 knots. Finally the boost mode will achieve the top speed of 16.3 knots.
Project Electra sports exterior design by Omega Architects’ Frank Laupman. Interior design meanwhile will be handled by Cristiano Gatto, who has prioritised “organise shapes” and deep and low furniture to “emphasise the indoor-outdoor connection.” Floor to ceiling windows meanwhile will provide “panoramic vistas.”
Accommodation will be for 12 guests in five lower deck suites while the master stateroom will be set forward on the main deck.
Project Electra will be ready for delivery in April 2020.