Heesen is delighted to announce that on Friday 5 April, YN 18750 was launched at the shipyard in Oss. Formerly known as Project Aster, the Owner named his new yacht Masa during a private ceremony. Arcon Yachts from Monaco introduced the client and represented his interests throughout the construction.
The new yacht sports a unique name. Masa means my diamond, a diamond in its purest form, and one that symbolises the highest form of royalty. The name perfectly fits this elegant yacht, the eighth in 5000 Aluminium Class, which is proving to be one of the most successful in Heesen’s extensive yacht range. She represents the pinnacle of Heesen’s expertise in building sporty, lithe and graceful semi-displacement motor yachts.
The interior design by Cristiano Gatto celebrates the lineage of her forebears. The décor is fresh and elegant, and beautifully combines a light palette of colours with silver to create an atmosphere throughout the yacht that exudes tranquillity. The versatile layout comprises five lower deck suites and a master stateroom on the main deck forward, giving capacity for twelve guests serviced by nine crew. Her exterior lines, by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, embody Heesen’s DNA: the pelican-beak bow with reverse sheer and the sporty mast give Masa a very distinctive look.
But Masa’s beauty does not lie exclusively in her aesthetics. Her 50m all-aluminium semi-displacement hull has been designed, engineered and welded by Heesen’s in-house team to the smallest tolerances. With considered naval architecture and precision, lightweight aluminium construction, Masa will reach a rapid top speed of 23 knots thanks to two MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines. At 50m and coming in below 500GT, Masa perfectly combines performance, comfort, space and refined luxury.
After launching, Masa will remain in the shipyard’s harbour basin for the final elements of construction and the commissioning of her systems. For her maiden voyage, Masa will then cruise to Hellevoetsluis where she will begin her rigorous sea trials and official tests before final handover to her owners in June 2019.