Published: Friday, 23 December 2016

Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts has completed the process of joining the hull and superstructure of YN 18250 Project Ayla at the facility in Oss, the Netherlands. After intensive sea trials in the North Sea, project Ayla will be available for delivery from April 2018.

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(Photos: Dick Holthuis / Heesen Yachts - Project Ayla)

Equipped with abundant experience of building 36 semi-displacement yachts over 40m, Heesen in-house naval architects and engineers created the yacht with design and craftsmanship. She can reach a top speed of 23 knots and deliver a transatlantic range of 3,200nm at 11 knots.

The exterior of the 50m semi-displacement yacht was designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. With its aluminium, hard-chine hull and distinctive superstructure, the yacht combines sporty elegance with high performance in terms of speed, range and stability. Two MTU 16V series 4000 are installed on board Project Ayla. She was also installed with zero speed stabilisers that can reduce motion to a minimum which at anchor.

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The six-cabin layout can sleep 12 guests. The full-beam master suite is traditionally located on the main deck forward, while the guest cabins are found on the lower deck, including one full-beam VIP, two twin, and two double staterooms, all with private en suite bathrooms.

Cristiano Gatto created a minimalist chic interior, a contemporary interpretation of New Déco style inspired by the work of design legend Jean-Michel Frank. Clients can personalise the décor at different stages of the construction process thanks to the extensive use of fabric upholstery, both on vertical and horizontal surfaces. This will allow the new Owners to choose material and colour palettes to create the atmosphere that corresponds to their own taste and lifestyle.

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The balance between outdoor and indoor space offers four al-fresco dining possibilities available for guests to choose from. The 70-sqm sundeck is one of the most popular areas on board with its forward spa pool surrounded by sunpads, a full-service bar and a dining table for 12 people. The bridge deck aft terrace connects with the sky lounge offering a splendid setting for dining with stunning views. Casual al fresco dining is also possible forward in front of the bridge and on the aft terrace on the main deck.