Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts has delivered Asya to her owners. The operation took place yesterday.
Launched in December 2014, motoryacht Asya is the second in the restyled 47m class, a line of yachts with exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The style combines elegant traditional lines with contemporary flair, a marriage emphasised by the continuous glass windows and matching black paintwork on the main deck and upper decks.
Heesen says the restyling includes a significant improvement in the housing of the rescue tender in an enclosed bay in front of the wheelhouse, “a remarkable achievement considering the yacht is under the 500GT threshold”, the yard says in a statement. This means the lines of the forward section of the yacht now look smooth and clean. Another important design change concerns the crew accommodation, which complies with LY3 regulations.
Her interior, designed by London-based and award-winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell, has a distinctly Far Eastern, restful feel, inspired by the designs of Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd-Wright and Tadao Ando.
The sea trials took place in the North Sea on February 12nd and 13th in relatively calm conditions, with average wave heights of 0.5m and southeasterly winds from 4 to 16 knots max.
Asya is powered by two MTU8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, and according to Heesen, her steel hull with bulbous bow provided smooth passage and exceeded the contractual speed by 0.8 knots. At her cruising speed of 12 knots she has a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
“Working to a proven design platform allows us to deliver an exceptional yacht in less than 24 months with industry leading quality and performance specifications. This provides our customers with the confidence to purchase a vessel whose performance has been tested and constantly improved,” comments sales and marketing director Mark Cavendish.
Images: Dick Holthuis