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.

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