By David Robinson

HeySea Yachts, a boatbuilding company based in the Guangdong Province, China, has signed a contract for the construction of a 50m(165ft) motor superyacht for a mainland Chinese owner. The project is due for completion in 2016.

“We are currently completing the design. HeySea has done the external profile and European designers are being used for the interior. We plan to start construction by the end of this or early next. This size of yacht is about as large as we can build at present,” Allen Leng, HeySea’s chairman, told SB at the SO Dalian show.

HeySea employs some 400 people at its facility in Jiangmen on the Pearl River Delta. The 66,700m2 shipyard was set up in 2004 supported by investors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Europe. Its R&D team comprises 100 professionals that complement its modern workshops, slipway and other support facilities.

HeySea is focused on product quality and has a proven track record in the Chinese yacht market. This has led the company to build a major share of the country’s 18-45m (60- 150ft) size range. Its 25m (82ft) Asteria 82 is one of most popular Chinese-built 24.5m(80ft) model.

HeySea produces three yacht models in the Asteria line including a 33m (108ft) craft and the 82. One 108 model has been delivered to date, and another three are in build or on order.

The HeySea line includes four models ranging  18m-24m (60ft-82ft). The third range is the Vista superyacht range made of three sizes of 41m (135ft), 42m (138ft) and 45m (147ft).

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