by Heesen Yachts with Van Oossanen, Omega Architects and Bannenberg & Rowell

Heesen Yachts is constructing a new 55 m/180 foot Motor Yacht currently available on the market. With the shipyard’s meticulous timing, development is going strictly to schedule for her potential owner. In September last year, the high-strength steel hull and the light aluminium alloy superstructure were assembled at the Dutch shipyard’s modern facilities in Oss. Currently known as Project Alida and bearing yard number 17755, this impressive motor yacht will undergo rigorous and intensive sea trials in the North Sea demonstrating the outstanding technical characteristics of the FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form), before delivery planned for Spring 2017. The innovative naval architecture has already proved its success on existing Heesen vessels, was devised by the Dutch firm Van Oossanen and further developed by the Heesen in-house team. This advanced FDHF technology, which optimises hull efficiency in different sailing conditions, means that the motor yacht’s performance at sea will be substantially better than the current market average. The ongoing development of FDHF technology means that Heesen’s Project Alida will be able to set entirely new standards in the super yacht sector, offering superior cruising speed, reduced fuel consumption and therefore a greater range. Together with the cutting-edge technology underlying the yacht’s naval architecture and marine engineering, the unusual exterior design of Project Alida, devised and developed by Frank Laupman of Dutch firm Omega Architects, has a modern yet timeless style. The freshness of the exterior design emphasises the indoor to outdoor connection thanks to numerous glass insertions in the bulwarks. The vertical windows on the main deck, together with an original sharktooth design detail on the overhang of the wheelhouse, give Project Alida a bold, distinctive character. Panoramic windows entirely surround the stunning upper deck sky lounge, offering guests an unbeatable 180-degree view of the surrounding environment. These vast floor-to-ceiling windows account for 90% of the total vertical area surrounding the sky lounge, with just 10% provided by the aluminium support structures. Omega’s clean design without fashion plates and supports has been cleverly engineered and perfectly executed by Heesen Yachts in-house experts. The result is stunning: nothing will come between guests and the breathtaking views they will enjoy when cruising on board Project Alida. Throughout the project, the Dutch shipyard’s team will yet again excel by flawlessly implementing the interior design devised and developed by British firm Bannenberg & Rowell. The technical capabilities of the specialists producing the sound insulation and vibration proofing of the interiors, together with the artistic skill of the artisans at work on the finishes and detailing of the furniture and decoration, mean that Project Alida’s interiors will be made to offer a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere thanks to profound technical capabilities of specialists producing sound insulation and vibration proofing. The artistic skills of the interiors’ team will also perfect the ambiance with incredible attention to detail and the perfect finishing touches of furniture and decoration. Throughout the vessel, select materials with simple but never commonplace finishes and calm but never anonymous colours create an enchanting atmosphere imbued with a sophisticated elegance that remains sombre and unostentatious without compromising on refinement. The exquisite beauty of the interiors, suitably enhanced by the abundance of both natural and artificial light, forms the ideal setting for a comfortable, utterly relaxing lifestyle. It’s an extremely versatile setting that has been carefully designed, taking into account both the variety of requirements for socialising and the diverse needs for privacy, so as to be perfectly suited to both formal and informal occasions. The generous volume of Project Alida means that there are huge external and internal spaces available on board, such as the sun deck covering 110 m2, equivalent to 1,184 square feet, or the sky lounge with an area of 102 m2, equivalent to 1,098 square feet. The super yacht’s layout covers four decks and is designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers in one master stateroom, one VIP stateroom and four guest staterooms, as well as up to 14 crew in one captain’s cabin, one engineer’s cabin and five crew cabins. The sun deck features two sunbathing areas, one to aft which can be laid out with sun beds or chaises longues, and one forward with sun pads surrounding a swimming pool in a panoramic raised position. Amidships, a bar area and an al fresco dining area are protected by a hard top. Outside on the upper deck, The aft deck is partially protected by the superior deck with a lounge area outside, and a salon entrance to the inside living area and dining area. while the fore deck is completely open and has a relaxation area with chairs and a garage area for open-air storage of a brace of tenders. Inside on the upper deck, the sky lounge can be laid out as a conversation lounge or a cinema room and includes a bar area, while amidships there is a pantry, a day head and the captain’s cabin with a double bed and an en suite bathroom, next to the wheelhouse. Outside on the main deck, the aft deck is partially protected by the overhanging deck above and has a lounge area, while inside, the salon has an entrance area, a living area and a dining area. A day head, a pantry and the main galley are located amidships, while the foyer provides access to the owner’s suite with its private office / study, walk-in wardrobe, en suite bathroom and full beam master stateroom with a king size bed, desk / dressing table and lounge area. The private guest accommodation is located amidships on the lower deck, consisting of one full beam VIP stateroom with a king size bed, two guest staterooms each with a queen size bed and two guest staterooms each with twin beds, all with a wardrobe and an en suite bathroom. The lazarette in the stern will be used as a beach club with a lounge bar and day head, accessible from both the main deck and the fixed swimming platform, as well as two garages to house a pair of jet skis / waverunners. The crew quarters are located in the bow, with a laundry room, crew dinette, the engineer’s cabin and five crew cabins, each with two bunk beds, a wardrobe and an en suite bathroom.

Walter Douglass

Alida technical specifications

Hull typeTwin propeller motor yacht, fast displacement hull form
Hull Steel
LOA55.0 m / 180’5” ft
BOA9.6 m / 31’6” ft
Draft at half load 2.85 m / 9’4” ft
Displacement (half load) Approx. 600 tons (1,323,000 lbs)
TonnageApprox. 740 gross gons
Maximum speed (half load)16 knots
Range4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots
Fuel capacity100,000 litres / 26,400 US gallons
Fresh water capacity25,000 litres / 6,604 US gallons
Main engines 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63
Maximum power2 x 1,000 kW
Gearbox2 x ZF 5356
Engine controlMTU Blue Vision
Propellers2 x Five Blade Fixed Pitch
Generators2 x Kilo-Pak, each 175 kW, 50 Hertz
1 x Kilo-Pak emergency gen. 80 kW,
BowthrusterElectrical driven make ZF-Marine 125 kW
Sterling SystemSperry Marine Systems
StabilisersNaiad Dynamics, 2 fins, type 720, zero speed
Fresh water maker2 x Idromar - Capacity 7,000 litres per day each (1,849 US gallons)
Hot water boiler2 x 300 Litres (2 x 79,2 US gallons)
Sanitary treatmentHamann HL-Cont Plus 02
Air-conditioning Heinen & Hopman
Anchor winch 2 x Maxwell SY22
Mooring capstan2 x Maxwell 8000 VC
Tender craneHydromar SWL 1,900 KG (4,180 LBS)
JacuzziPool SPA Sunflower
ClassificationLLOYDS ✠ 100A1 SSC YACHT [✠] LMC Large
Commercial Yacht Code LY3
Naval ArchitectVan Oossanen Naval Architects / Heesen Yachts
Interior DesignOmega Architects
Exterior DesignOmega Architects
BuilderHeesen Yachts

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