Heesen, renowned Dutch shipyard, introduces Project Altea as the latest in their 5000 Aluminum FDHF class. At just under 500GT with a displacement of around 32 tons, the 50m motor yacht can reach a top speed of 19.5 knots as a result of two MTU 12V 2000 M72 main diesel engines of 1,080kW each, making it one of the fastest and most economical superyachts in her class.
The impressive vessel takes after her sister ship, Home, in that they both share features such as Nova Plus exterior design and engineering platforms, and the Fast Displacement Hull Form by Van Oossanen. But there are several features that set Altea apart — particularly the above-mentioned dual engines that allow for a top speed of almost 20 knots with a range of just over 3,700nmi.
Omega Architects’ sleek exterior design showcases a long waterline and floor-to-ceiling windows, while Cristiano Gatto’s interior design offers a calm, modern luxury that perfectly complements the contemporary exterior. The Italian designer chose Canaletto and American walnut to cover both flooring and walls while textiles of leather, silk, and velvet in soft neutral tones of blues, greys, browns, and whites invite guests to unwind and relax in luxury. A common theme across the design of Altea is large, uninterrupted views throughout the ship, particularly in the main salon, living room, large dining room, and owner’s state room. This suite features a private his/her office, and chic bathroom complete with titanium travertine stone surfaces, a large shower stall with integrated seating, and indirect lighting.
Many of the yacht’s open-air areas feature the same fine craftsmanship and top-tier materials that make all Heesen interiors so attractive. The sun deck is equipped with customary bar and dining facilities, while the bridge deck has sofa seating. The aft deck provides an area for alfresco dining, and the sky lounge has a bar unit with panoramic windows. A swim platform, beach club, and hot tub give guests several places to lounge about. For those looking for adventure on the high seas, tenders and toys are stored on the open foredeck with a recess for the limo tender, and deck space for a jet ski.
The lower deck has five en suite guest cabins including a full-beam VIP suite, and accommodations for eight crew members in four cabins, not including the captain’s cabin on the bridge deck.
Altea is in build, for sale, and scheduled for delivery Spring 2021.