Heesen's 50 metre aluminium superyacht Ela has departed the Dutch yard to begin its maiden voyage. The yacht will rendezvous with its owners in Gibraltar before spending the summer cruising the Mediterranean.
It comes after the yard announced the delivery of the yacht. Heesen CCO Friso Visser, said: "Ela is a magnificent addition to the Heesen fleet. […] Our delivery team worked seamlessly with captain Antonio Gerini and Tony Lovec Management to deliver the yacht without fuss and on time for the summer season.”
Ela is the second yacht built on the design and engineering platform of Nova Plus, and features contemporary exterior design characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows penned by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects.
Previously speaking to BOAT International, Heesen director of sales and marketing Mark Cavendish said the yacht’s exterior is “one of [Heesen’s] best” due to the sheer “amount of structural glass”.
“There are real floor-to ceiling-windows in the main saloon, the owner’s cabin and the upper saloon,” he said. “It’s like a floating greenhouse and will have fantastic views outside.”
Elsewhere, Ela features distinctive spray rails, a fast displacement aluminium hull form with a shallow draft of 2.15 metres, the latter of which Cavendish described as “heaven” for owners wishing to cruise the Bahamas.
Power comes from a pair of MTU 12V 2000 M72 main engines for a top speed of 19.5 knots.
This, Cavendish said, is one of the key selling points of Ela, claiming that the yacht “is efficient and has a good turn of speed, making her attractive to Mediterranean and Caribbean cruising owners where the distances are relatively short.”
Ela has also been equipped with a high-tech “peak-shaving battery system,” which helps reduce emissions and improve generator efficiency.
When cruising, Ela has a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots. Inside, a sub 500GT interior accommodates a total of 12 guests in six cabins and 350 square metres of interior space.
The Cristiano Gatto-penned interior features stained Canaletto and American walnut veneers for both the flooring and walls, as well as textured leathers and custom carpets. Other materials include silk and velvet paired with leather trims.
“The feeling of the interior is more masculine than feminine," Cavendish said. "It’s like the interior of a classic Bentley or Aston and combines natural materials such as walnut and stone.”