Heesen Announces Record Sale of 50m Project Aura
Renowned Dutch shipyard Heesen has announced the sale of 50-metre steel displacement superyacht Project Aura, with a deal closed in a record 20 days to become the second Heesen sale in the space of two weeks.
Project Aura has been described by the Dutch yacht builder as ‘a true bluewater otor yacht, ideal for extended cruising’ featuring a steel displacement hull designed by Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineers. The drag-cheating bulbous bow enhances the yacht both in terms of comfort and fuel efficiency during long passages in open water.
The hull is also equipped with zero-speed stabilisers to ensure optimum steadiness at anchor. Powering the superyacht are two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines which give s top speed of 15 knots and a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.
Up to 10 guests can be accommodated overnight in 5 luxurious cabins, consisting of four suites on the lower deck and a spacious, full-beam master stateroom on the main deck forward.
Stuart Larsen and Trevor Carroll of Fraser Yachts introduced the shipyard to the client, who is an experienced American yachtsman. Project Aura has flowing exterior lines designed by Clifford Denn, complemented by a chic interior crafted by Reymond Langton. The owner fell in love with the yacht at first sight, and the deal for Project Aura was closed in a record 20 days.
“This is the second yacht we have sold in two weeks – both of them after very short and intense negotiations,” said Arthur Brouwer, Heesen’s CEO. “We are living through a very positive period for luxury businesses, in which global economic policies are backed by increased financial liquidity. This is not post-pandemic euphoria, but a trend that should last for some time.”
Project Aura will be delivered in April 2022 after intensive testing in the North Sea.
"This is not post-pandemic euphoria, but a trend that should last for some time."