Heesen Yachts launch 47m Motor Yacht Air – YN 15147

Heesen Yachts, The Netherlands – is proud to announce the delivery of motor ...

Heesen Yachts launch 47m Motor Yacht Air – YN 15147

December 23, 2010

Written by Chelsea Smith

Heesen Yachts, The Netherlands – is proud to announce the delivery of motor yacht AIR, the sixth vessel in the 47-Metre displacement class, a design that resulted from the close collaboration of Heesen Yachts’ in house naval architects and Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who conceived her stream-lined exterior design with its pelican beak bow – a style that is now Heesen’s very recognisable trademark.

Heesen Yachts Deliver SuperYacht Air - YN 15147 - Photo Credit Dick Holthuis

Heesen Yachts Deliver SuperYacht Air - YN 15147 - Photo Credit Dick Holthuis

The 47-Metre displacement class is renowned for its fine entry at the bow, which incorporates an efficient bulb, its notable top speed of 15,5 Knots and an excellent range of 4.000 Nm at 12 knots. The yacht’s elegant superstructure combined with the sloped wheelhouse windows give superyacht AIR a particularly sleek appearance.

YN 15147, Superyacht AIR is sister ship to YN 12247, M/Y Yalla (2004), YN 13147, Motor Yacht Let It Be (2006), YN 13547  Yacht Mon Plaisir (2007), YN 14047 Elandess motor yacht (2008), and YN 14347, M/Y Superyacht Blind Date (2009). Three further 47-metre yachts are currently in build: YN 15347 scheduled for delivery in 2011, YN 15747 and YN 16347 for delivery in 2012.

Megayacht AIR’s interior has been designed by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who created a classic contemporary style that makes use of ultra-modern loose furniture to create a cosy environment. The décor incorporates details in leather, brushed stainless steel and burl to make the atmosphere even warmer.

Frank Laupman comments: “The aim of the design was to create a high-contrast modern interior, while avoiding a cold minimalistic theme. We used beige and warm accents throughout, blending these with a black-and-white overall mood and incorporating a few elements of intrigue, such as the frosted gemstone lights set into the leather column that strikes down through the central atrium.”

For strategic wood finishes, Laupman chose Japanese elm (Sen) veneer, an exotic pale timber whose strong veins have been brushed and lacquered in satin gloss, and skilfully positioned these adjacent to a darker American walnut to create a sophisticated and at the same time natural atmosphere.

Yacht AIR accommodates the owner and ten guests in five cabins, four of these on the lower deck, and an owner’s suite traditionally located on the forward part of the main deck. Like the owner’s suite, one of the two VIP cabins that extend across the yacht’s full-beam offers a full bathroom, while all the other guests cabins have en suite shower rooms. The remaining two guest cabins are located on either side of a central passageway, with the cabin on the port side being a double, while to starboard is a twin cabin fitted with additional pullman beds that descend from the deckhead. For added versatility, the two single beds in this latter cabin can be easily transformed into a double.

M/Y AIR’s eight crew members are accommodated in four cabins, all provided with ensuite shower rooms, while the captain’s cabin is located on the upper deck with direct access to the bridge.

Motor yacht AIR’s main saloon is divided into three areas, a lobby, lounge, and a formal dining area where all twelve guests are able to be seated around a rectangular table finished in matt wengé.

Perhaps the most striking feature of superyacht Air’s interior is the theatre room located on the upper deck. This incorporates a Panasonic 103″ (262 cm) HD Plasma Screen (one of the biggest currently available on the market) complemented by a full 7.1 Steinway Lyngdorf Audio System. This unique audio installation, designed specifically for M/Y Air, includes two flagship Model D speakers standing nearly 7 feet tall on either side of the plasma screen. These speakers, together with the center and four surround speakers, are hand-finished in the same high-gloss black piano finish famously used on Steinway & Sons pianos and accented with 24k gold. To complete the system, are five Dual Woofers, three located below the plasma screen and two custom-built woofers in the deckhead to the rear. The system uses 6.400 Watts of power to provide flawless reproduction of music and movie sound tracks. A Custom iPad controls the whole system with both Crestron and Cisco.

Main Characteristics of Superyacht AIR YN 15147
Hull type:             Twin screw motor yacht, with round bilge displacement hull
Naval Architect:                Heesen Yachts
Exterior Designer:            Heesen Yachts / Omega Architects
Interior Designer:            Omega Architects
Classification:     Lloyds  100A1, SSC Yacht, Mono [ ] G6 LMC; Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Hull material:     Steel
Superstructure material:              Aluminium
Gross tonnage: less then 500GT
Length over all: 46,7 metres
Beam:   8,83 metres
Draft:    2,92 metres
Displacement (50% load):             389 tons
Speed maximum:            15,5 knots
Range at 12 knots:           4.000 Nm
Main engines:   2x MTU 20V4000M93L, each developing 4.170 kW at2100 rpm

Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss, the Netherlands, Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to employ aluminium alloy for the building of yacht hulls. Since that time the yard has become a world leader in the design, engineering and construction of high performance, all-aluminium motor yachts.

In 1992 Heesen Yachts expanded the business to include the construction of traditional displacement, long range, steel hulled yachts and today the company delivers magnificent private yachts within the size range of 37 metres to 65 metres in length (121.39ft to 213.25ft).

In 2010 Heesen Yachts sold six new contracts and currently has fifteen yachts under construction, which will be delivered to their Owners by 2013.

Heesen Yachts, whose designs are driven by the latest technology, represent yacht-building’s current state-of-the-art. Their incredibly high standards of quality, reliability and seaworthiness are proven during intensive sea trials in the rough waters of the North Sea.

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