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Project Ayla launched by Heesen and named White

Heesen Yachts has launched the 49.8 metre superyacht Project Ayla, which has been named White. She will now undergo sea trials in the North Sea prior to her planned April delivery date.

Originally built on speculation as part of the yard's 5000 Aluminium series, this sleek motor yacht was sold in October 2017. Her interior, which comes in just below the 500GT mark, was designed by Cristiano Gatto, while the fast and comfortable hull was created by the yard’s in-house naval architects.

Exterior styling comes courtesy of regular Heesen Yachts collaborator Frank Laupman and his Omega Architects studio, and the yard describes the look as “an emblem of sporty elegance”.

The accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests in six cabins, including a main deck owner’s cabin, full-beam VIP below decks, two further double staterooms and two twin cabins, all with their own private en-suite bathrooms.

Abberley Luxury Yachts, who are representing the owner’s commercial interests, added: “Buying and customising a yacht is a thrilling undertaking, and we believe our clients should be able to relish the experience and have their every need attended to. Partnering with Heesen allowed us to offer our clients a truly memorable, stress-free experience. We are delighted with the outcome of our joint project.”

Gatto’s interior décor in glossy ebony and Canaletto walnut was inspired by the work of New Deco designer Jean-Michel Frank and has been extensively customised to suit the owner's tastes. Key pieces include an ebony, leather and stainless steel coffee table with a hidden ice bucket beneath, and custom-designed Loro Piana upholstery with bookcases built into the armrests.

There will be plenty of room for exterior relaxation as well, with four al fresco dining areas, including the superyacht sundeck, which measures 70 square metres and has been fitted out with decorative fabrics from Hermès. The other highlights on the upper deck are the spa pool, surrounded by sunpads, and the full-service bar area.

Twin MTU 16V 4000 series engines will take care of the power, resulting in an estimated top speed of 23 knots and a maximum cruising range of 3,200 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon, which is due to launch in 2021.

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