On August 12, 2019 Dutch yard Heesen has delivered its 50-metre superyacht YN 18650 Erica, first known as Project Boreas. The vessel was launched in July 2019, followed by rigorous sea trials in the North Sea.



This 50-metre full aluminium yacht features an efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) hull designed by Dutch hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen and engineered by Heesen’s in-house naval architects. According to the yard, thanks to large rudders and a powerful bow thruster, Erica is also very responsive when manoeuvring in close quarters. 



The owner appointed MCM as technical consultant and representative. MCM co-founder Nigel Ingram comments: 
I already had a relationship with the owner because I had been his representative on his 54m classic sailing yacht. There were few sailors among the younger generation of his extended family, so a motor yacht made sense. <…> The owner was quite involved in the details. The shipyard handled it all very well and the boat is exactly how he wanted it.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned the exterior lines of the vessel, creating a contemporary profile. A gently reversed stem carries the bow to the upper deck line, while a lack of fashion plates creates the illusion of suspended upper decks and hardtop, adding a sense of lightness to the design.



The colour palette applied to the yacht emphasises the general contemporary profile, with both hull and superstructure sporting a custom metallic Mountain Grey by Awlgrip. The colour scheme makes a match to the owner’s car tone. With metallic paint application being a complex procedure, the colouration process took 10 months.



Erica is fitted with large openable windows in the sky lounge remote control, a gym and a swim platform where two Technogym running machines are rigged on each side of a wide staircase that leads to the main deck aft.



Mark Whiteley worked closely with the owner to create a warm contemporary interior design, which features bespoke loose furniture on all exterior living spaces. Among many standout details of the interior, the main staircase decorated with a combination of geometry and precious materials such as a nickel mesh wall covering by French artist Sophie Mallebranche.

The vessel can sleep up to twelve guests across six cabins. The master suite is located forward on the main deck,  while five guest suites lay on the lower deck.



Erica is powered by two MTU 12V 2000M72 engines of 1,080kW each, and promises to offer the full suite of benefits the FDHF hull confers, including a fast but efficient cruising speed. Thus, she will reach a top speed at nearly 20 knots. At 12 knots, she will boast a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles and a frugal fuel consumption of approximately 98 litres per hour.

During the sea trials, Erica proved to be extremely quiet while also exceeding the contractual speed. She reached a top speed of 20 knots, and showed a range higher than the requirements laid out in her specifications.



Meanwhile, Dutch builder has just celebrated another delivery - of a full-custom 56-metre superyacht Galvas. Furthermore, other Heesen projects have been hitting headlines recently, with $42 million superyacht Galactica Star sold after Nigerian corruption scandal, or 48-metre superyacht Blue Magic rammed into a sailboat in Italy.

Latest News

CdM shared a view into the 31m yacht Archipelago
Let’s take a look inside the new 31.1-metre explorer yacht Archipelago, which is the fifth Darwin 102 to come from the Italian superyacht manufacturer Cantiere delle Marche.The boat has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure built to RINA Class standards. Her naval architecture and exterior styling comes from Hydro Tec.Francesco Guida is responsible for her interior design with a sea theme of white, blue and green. Archipelago offers accommodation for 10 guests across five en-suite cabins, including a large owner's suite on the main deck, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. The crew of 6 will provide luxury comfort for of guests. Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales and Marketing Director of CdM, commented:We are very proud of launching the fifth Darwin Class 102' confirming that there is no other more successful explorer vessel’s model between 90 and 110 feet in the whole market.There is a large open-plan living room with dining area on the main deck. The upper deck has the storage for the yacht's Williams Dieseljet D565 tender and wheelhouse. Also here you can find the helm controls forward with the Captain's cabin immediately behind, followed by the cozy skylounge, which is ideal for close conversation.Archipelago is powered with twin Caterpillar Inc C18 Acert engines delivering 500kW each, which helps her to reach a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 11.5 knots. The yacht has an extensive cruising range of 4,700 nautical miles at 9.5 knots.
Grace, 52m Amels Limited Edition 171 yacht found a new owner
Grace is a 52.3 m luxury motor yacht. She was built as a Limited Edition 171 model by Amels and delivered in 2009. With Imperial Yachts representing the seller and Edmiston introducing the buyer, Grace has been recently sold. With a beam of 9.5 m and a draft of 3.3 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 649 tons. She is powered by MTU engines of 1427 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. Grace's maximum range is estimated at 4500 nautical miles. The motor yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins with an interior design by Nuvolari Lenard and an exterior design by Tim Heywood.Tim Heywood described:The larger the boat is, the easier it is to make it elegant. But then, I like the challenge of trying to apply the design formulas I’ve created to smaller boats. The Amels 171 as it was originally, now the 180, that to me features a lot of the details and design elements that I’ve created on the bigger boats.There are two jet skis, 6.5-metre tender, large swim platform, onboard crane, and the panoramic sundeck with its Jacuzzi and many other outstanding features.Greg Thomas, Imperial sales broker commented:Most of the Limited Editions superyachts have interiors by Laura Sessa, whereas Grace was created by Nuvolari Lenard Studio, so she has a special, unique touch and feel compared to other 171’s.The interior is decorated with leather, wenge wood, light white oak, Alcantara fabric and Capria leather. For the third third owner her last asking price was €23,000,000.
Take a look inside 37m Majesty 120
Majesty 120 is a stunning 37.07-metre luxury yacht, which was first announced as the new flagship of the UAE yard Gulf Craft during the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show.Gulf Craft is happy to announce that the first unit has completed sea trials and is listed as a yacht for sale. She features a naval architecture and an exterior design by the yard.The interior designer Cristiano Gatto created a space for up to 10 guests to stay in five staterooms with an asymmetric design.Cristiano Gatto, the designer said:For me, the Majesty 120 perfectly captures the direction in which this innovative brand is heading with her dynamic profile, balanced outdoor spaces and sophisticated interiors that are all designed with true yachtsmen and women in mind.Gatto described the interiors as “fresh and light”, with key materials includes “lacquer, light woods and marble.”The vessel is the first Majesty model equipped with fully airborne electric drive equipment, leaving only two 2600-hp MTU engines and diesel generators.The highlights of the boat include a Jacuzzi on the sun deck and a ‘hybrid’ beach club, converting to a tender storage.
Sirena Yachts sold sixth Sirena 88 flagship
Turkish shipyard Sirena Yachts has sold its sixth 26.8m Sirena 88 flagship model, the largest in the Sirena range in less than one year from its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival.The yacht has been recently sold to an American client. Constantinos Constantinou, Sirena’s Director of North American Sales said:The list of special requests and custom features that we’re implementing on this yacht is impressive, which reflects both our determination to meet our customers’ needs but also the flexibility of this particular model.There are upgraded MAN engines (1800 hp vs standard 1550 hp) and generators (40kW each vs standard 35kW). The hull has both zero-speed stabilisers and a Seakeeper gyro stabiliser. Commercial Director Ali Onger commented: The Sirena 88 is so popular because it offers the largest interior volume in its class. We’re talking about an 7.1-meter/23’2” beam; there is nothing else like that in this size bracket, without even mentioning its 25-knot maximum speed. And its range is impressive too: around 2,100 nautical miles at 9 knots. All these factors are serious advantages for our clients. Interior decoration is going to be different for each of the boats and they will reflect their respective owners’ needs. Its layout is also customizable, so long as the alterations do not interfere with technical aspects of the yacht.The vessel features naval architecture by German Frers and the interior design by Cor D. Rover. The model features 5-cabin layout with a master suite forward on the main deck and four guest suites below, however, usually there will be a second full-beam master suite on the lower deck. The flybridge layout has been re-created with a custom bar instead of the starboard side and features a unique seating and dining area.Constantinos Constantinou added:We're thrilled by the way the 88 has been received, which reflects the trend among owners seeking superyacht features in a more manageable size of yacht.The Sirena 88 offers the kind of volumes you would commonly find on a 100-footer or bigger. In actual fact, we are the only builders in this size range who can offer a twin-level master stateroom without sacrificing the 5-cabin layout. No one else has managed that and you really have to go up to 120+ feet to find anything similar. I see two main contributing factors to the Sirena 88’s success: firstly, the superb job done by our designers and engineers, evidenced by an Innovation award the 88 has received. The second success factor is our reputation and brand recognition. Sirena builds yachts of exceptional quality with impressive performance on the water with numerous innovations and unique features that are focused on safety and efficiency. This is being increasingly recognized by discerning yacht buyers and the yachting world alike.
Sold: 59m Benetti superyacht Iman
Iman is a 59.3 m luxury motor yacht, built in Italy by Benetti and delivered in 2008. She has been just recently sold, with Nicholas Hidiroglou from Parsifal Yachting representing the buyer and Konstantin Kolpakov from Arcon Yachts representing the seller in the deal.With a beam of 10.4 m and a draft of 3.15 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 996 tons. The vessel was built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards.She is powered by MTU engines giving her a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.Iman offers accommodation for 12 guests across 6 cabins, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins and 2 pullman beds. The superyacht features interior design, decorated with warm honey-coloured woods, such as rosewood, walnut, mahogany, teak, zebrawood, by the Italian Studio Massari and the exterior design by Stefano Natucci. The master suite looks more like a private apartment and the split-level suite includes a bedroom, witch features two separate bathrooms.The impressive main deck is styled with art deco features and offers for guests a huge entertaining and dining saloon.Iman, formerly I Dynasty, was sold in August 2017 for €29.5 million and came back onto the market in September 2018 with an asking price €26 million. In a while her asking price was reduced down to €23.5 million.