Dutch superyacht builder Heesen has a signed contract for YN 16050, now known as Project Ventura, which boasts a projected top speed of 23 knots making her one of the world’s fastest semi-displacement 50 meter yachts as well as one of the most efficient on the market. In consultation with Van Oossanen Associates, Heesen’s in-house naval architects created a sophisticated and highly efficient hard-chine hull. When combined with Heesen’s acknowledged weight reduction expertise and a pair of high power-to-weight ratio MTU 2.720kW engines, Project Ventura is able to deliver her excellent top speed as well as a very economical fuel burn and a particularly long range of 3.200Nm at 12 knots.
Streamlined exterior styling is by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects and acclaimed Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski and the Owner are responsible for the stunning interiors. Their contemporary vision is chic yet minimal, based on just two woods of contrasting color and texture: richly patterned polished ebony for parquet floors and furniture surfaces, and whitened oak for the paneling. A key feature of Project Ventura is the attention paid to integrating controlled ambient lighting. Every area of the yacht can easily be adapted to suit the mood and atmosphere of the moment.
Project Ventura sleeps twelve guests in six staterooms (with an additional cabin for the Owners’ private staff.) There are in fact two master staterooms: the first with a spectacular circular bedroom leading directly outside on the upper deck; the other full-beam on the main deck that features a private study. A full-beam VIP suite, two double and one twin guest cabins are situated on the lower deck together with the twin staff cabin. All staterooms are designed with stately ebony floorboards, white oak paneling, and exceptional amounts of space, considerable storage and large wardrobes concealed within the design scheme.
The delivery of YN 16050, Project Ventura, is scheduled for spring 2013 after intensive sea trials in the North Sea.
Fuel: 18,200 US Gal
Water: 4,300 US Gal
Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M90
Stabilizers: VT Naiad type 720 with 2 fins of 3,5 m2, zero speed
Maximum Speed: 23 knots
Range @ 11 knots: 3200nm