Heesen yachts has sold the YN 19650, Project Aura, a 50m steel displacement motor yacht built under the 500 GT threshold. A true blue-water motor yacht, ideal for extended cruising, Aura has a steel displacement hull designed by Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineers. Its drag-cheating bulbous bow adds both comfort and fuel efficiency during long passages in open water and in rough seas.
The sturdy, round-bilge hull is also equipped with zero-speed stabilisers, to ensure optimum steadiness at anchor. Two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines give the yacht a top speed of 15 knots, and a range of 3,800 nautical miles at her cruising speed of 13 knots.
Ten guests are accommodated in five ample cabins, with four suites on the lower deck and the spacious, full-beam master stateroom in its customary place on the main deck forward.
Stuart Larsen and Trevor Carroll of Fraser Yachts introduced the shipyard to the client, an experienced American yachtsman who fell in love with the yacht at first sight. With her flowing exterior lines by Clifford Denn, a chic interior by Reymond Langton, and her solid Dutch pedigree, the deal was closed in a record 20 days.
Thom Conboy from Heesen USA was instrumental in expediting the process, having shown the client some of the other yachts in the Heesen fleet prior to his visit to the shipyard to sign the contract with Friso Visser, Heesen CCO and Mark Cavendish, Executive Commercial Officer.
“This is the second yacht we have sold in two weeks – both of them after very short and intense negotiations,” comments Arthur Brouwer, Heesen’s CEO. “We are living through a very positive period for luxury businesses, in which global economic policies are backed by increased financial liquidity. This is not post-pandemic euphoria, but a trend that should last for some time.”
Billy Lockhart of Yacht Next project manages the construction of Aura, which will be delivered in April 2022 after intensive testing in the North Sea.