Luxury motor yacht Azuro represents the fourth 50-metre semi-displacement all-aluminium vessel, currently under construction at Heesen Yachts in the Netherlands. A sistership to luxury yacht Satori, which has received the ultimate accolade of World Superyacht of the Year, superyacht Project Azuro is set to be delivered on May 30, 2014.
Heesen’s innovative naval architecture means that less power is needed to achieve a given speed. Less power means less fuel. The latest engines powering a streamlined shape above and below the water result in a yacht with a top speed of 23 knots and a range of over 3.100 nautical miles. Luxury yacht Azuro has the highest possible internal volume under the 500GT threshold alongside a 70 square metre open plan sun deck.
Azuro yacht’s flowing lines are highly distinctive. Continuous sheets of laminated triple glazing are thermo bonded to the superstructure creating a seamless wall of windows. Four distinct deck areas provide space for every occasion. A foredeck for lounging around in privacy while in port and a 70 square metre sun deck that is probably the largest on a yacht of this size. Shaded dining is on the upper deck and Azuro’s main deck terrace combines with the saloon to create an enormous 25 square metre entertaining space.
Azuro superyacht has the largest volume of any yacht of her size. She combines speed and space in a formula known only to Heesen. Interior design is by the acclaimed Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski, who was also responsible for superyacht Ventura; her sistership. Paszkowski’s style takes the form of natural minimalism and Azuro is an ideal yacht for such a beautifully pure concept. Just three materials have been selected for all interior surfaces: teak, limestone and leather.
In the main saloon silk-surfaced limestone adorns the sideboards, floorboards are of unpolished teak and the ceiling is covered with pale tan leather. A remotely controlled set of louvred blinds enables the dining area to be screened off from the lounge or fully opened to reveal the space. Particular attention has been focused on lighting systems throughout the yacht. Custom-controlled ambient lighting can transform the atmosphere frombright full party mode through to pools of subtle illumination.
The sky lounge is designed around the idea of concentric circles: curved glazed doors set behind curved soft sofas and circular polished steel tables. For entertaining, the saloon leads out to a dining terrace that provides spectacular panoramic views.
Azuro yacht’s master suite is set forward on the main deck. Both bedroom and bathroom are full-beam with windows along the entire length of the suite. The minimalist theme is calm and contemporary with sliding panels concealing details such as the entertainment system. Additional suites are all on the lower deck and include a full-beam VIP with a large ensuite bathroom, two double and two twin cabins.
Specifications of Heesen superyacht Azuro (hull 16650)
Hull type: Twin propeller, hard chine,
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen / Heesen Yachts
Exterior Styling: Omega Architects
Interior Designer: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Classification: ABS A1 Yachting Service AMS
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Length over all: 49,80m / 163ft 4in
Beam over all: 9,00m / 29ft 6in
Draft: 2,50m / 8ft 2in
Displacement (50% load): 313 tons
Cabins: Full-beam master suite and study, full-beam VIP cabin, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins
Maximum speed (50% load): 23 knots
Range at 11 knots: 3.100Nm
Fuel capacity: 68.800 litres / 18.200 US Gallons
Fresh water: 16.200 litres / 4.300 US Gallons
Main engines: 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73L
Maximum power: 2 x 2.880kW
Gearbox: 2 x ZF 9055A
Engine control: MTU Blue Vision
Propellers: Schaffran, five blade
fixed pitch ø 1.500mm
Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak
Power: 2 x 99kW
Bowthruster: ZF Marine, 90kW, hydraulically driven
Steering system: Sperry Marine Systems
Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, model 720 with 2 fins of approx. 3,5m², zero speed
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