Heesen’s YN15147 ‘Air’...

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Heesen’s YN15147 ‘Air’...

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She is a 47m displacement design. Photo: Dick Holthuis


Oss, The Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts has delivered its sixth 47m (154ft) displacement motoryacht. Designed inside and out by Frank Laupman and Omega Architects, she’s got a top speed of 15.5 knots and an range of 4,000nm at 12 knots.
YN15147 Air is a sistership to YN12247 Yalla (2004), YN13147 Let it Be (2006), YN13547 Mon Plaisir (2007), YN14047 Elandess (2008), and YN 14347 Blind Date (2009). And three further 47m sisters are currently in build: YN15347, which is scheduled for delivery in 2011, and YN15747 and YN16347, which deliver in 2012.
MY Air’s decor incorporates details in leather, brushed stainless steel and burl; plus lots of modern furniture.
“The aim of the design was to create a high-contrast modern interior, while avoiding a cold minimalistic theme,” says Frank Laupman. “We used beige and warm accents throughout; blending these with a black-and-white overall mood and incorporating a few elements of intrigue, such as the frosted gemstone lights set into the leather column that strikes down through the central atrium.”
For strategic wood finishes, Laupman chose Japanese elm (sen) veneers, an exotic pale timber whose strong veins have been brushed and lacquered in satin gloss, and darker American walnuts.
The main saloon is divided into three areas, a lobby, lounge, and a formal dining area where all 12 guests are able to be seated around a rectangular table finished in matt wengé.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Air’s interior is the theatre room located on the upper deck. This incorporates a Panasonic 2.62m (103in) HD plasmascreen, one of the biggest currently available on the market, that’s complemented by a full 7.1 Steinway Lyngdorf Audio System. This unique audio installation, designed specifically for Air, includes two flagship Model D speakers standing nearly 7 feet tall on either side of the main screen. These speakers, together with the centre and four surround speakers, are hand-finished in the same high-gloss black piano finish famously used on Steinway pianos and accented with 24k gold. To complete the system, are five dual woofers, three located below the screen and two custom-built woofers in the deckhead to the rear. The system uses 6,400W of power to provide flawless reproduction of music and movie sound tracks. A custom iPad controls the whole system with both Crestron and Cisco functionality.
She accommodates the owner and 10 guests in five cabins, four of these on the lower deck, and an owner’s suite traditionally located on the forward part of the main deck. Like the owner’s suite, one of the two VIP cabins that extend across the yacht’s full-beam offers a full bathroom, while all the other guests cabins have en suite shower rooms. The remaining two guest cabins are located on either side of a central passageway, with the cabin on the port side being a double, while to starboard is a twin cabin fitted with additional Pullman beds that descend from the deckhead. For added versatility, the two single beds in this latter cabin can be easily transformed into a double.
The yacht's eight crew members are accommodated in four cabins, all provided with en suite shower rooms, while the captain’s cabin is located on the upper deck with direct access to the bridge.
In 2010 Heesen Yachts sold six new contracts and currently has 15 yachts under construction, which will be delivered to their owners by 2013.

Basic Spec – Heesen’s Air...
Type: Twin-screw motoryacht with round bilge displacement hull
LOA: 46.70m (153ft)
Max Beam: 8.83m (ft)
Draught: 2.92m (ft)
Displacement (Half Load): 389 tonnes
Tonnage: ˂500GT
Main Engines: 2 x 4,170kW MTU 20V4000M93L
Max Speed: 15.5 knots
Range: 4,000nm @ 12 knots
Construction: Steel/aluminium
Classification: Lloyds 100A1, SSC Yacht, Mono [ ] G6 LMC; Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Interior/Exterior Design: Omega Architects
Naval Architecture: Heesen Yachts
Builder/Launch: Heesen Yachts/2010

For more, www.heesenyachts.com

© Phil Draper