The Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts is pleased to announce the first yacht in its new 5000 Aluminium Class, the YN 18950 superyacht Project AQUAMARINE currently under construction and available for delivery in 2021. With naval architecture by the talented and highly-experienced in-house team, in collaboration with famed hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen Naval Architects, as well as clean, contemporary exterior design by Omega Architects and Japanese-inspired interiors by Cristiano Gatto, Project Aquamarine is promising to be a true spectacle, offering not only looks and comfort, but also performance and the latest in technology.
Van Oossanen carried out the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tests and optimized the hull shape, following which a 1:16 scale model of the vessel was tested in the towing tank in Southampton, UK. Thanks to the optimization of the hull design there has been an increase in efficiency by 12%. This significant outcome was possible by way of raising the transom and making it sleeker, in addition to the propeller tunnels which were incorporated into the hull. This means that the 5000 Aluminium class boasts raised propellers, which in turn has lowered the draft to just 2.15 meters.
This allows Aquamarine to cruise in the shallow waters of the Bahamas or around the Caribbean, in addition to enjoying the Mediterranean coastlines, making her an excellent option for charters as well as private use. Two interceptors guarantee exceptional dynamic trim at top speeds. PROJECT AQUAMARINE will be fitted with two MTU 16V4000M65L green oceanic engines, developed to operate with a Selective Catalytic Reduction unit to reduce NOx emissions. She will be the fist fast-cruiser yacht below 500GT to be IMO Tier III compliant. The new Aluminium Class reduces carbon footprint and still offers great performance. She will also have soot filters on the generators to complete the package.
“The design we created for the new 5000 Aluminium Class combines our own heritage with that of Heesen as a builder of elegant and sporty aluminium motor yachts,” comments Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. “The ‘integrated hull and body design’, which was first seen on the iconic 65m Galactica Star, gives a strong character to the yacht’s profile.”
One of the stand-out features of this vessels the raised aft deck boasting large sun pads, while allowing for a full-height multi-purpose garage for tender, which can also be used as the beach club. From here a flush swim platform extends, allowing for easy access to the water and the water toys. The rescue tender is stored under a hatch in front of the wheelhouse.
The interiors are being created in a calm, Japanese-inspired style, as designed by Cristiano Gatto with accommodation for up to twelve guests in four large cabins located on the lower deck a spacious master suite situated on the main deck forward.