Heesen Project Altea is one of the fastest and most economical motor yachts in her class



YN 19550 Project Altea, the latest in Heesen’s 5000 Aluminium FDHF.


Project Altea is on schedule and available for delivery in Spring 2021.

Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts introduced the YN19550 Project Altea, a 50-metre FDHF (‘fast-displacement hull form“) all aluminum motor yacht below 500GT and the second yacht built on the design and engineering platform of Nova Plus.

Twelve guests will enjoy almost 350 square meters of interior space. They will be accommodated in six elegant staterooms and will be discreetly serviced by nine crew in five cabins. Italian designer Cristiano Gatto created a tranquil and warm interior design, a crowd-pleaser décor that invites guests to relax and unwind after an active day at sea.

Project Altea yacht offers fast yet highly efficient performance thanks to her FDHF aluminium hull with a shallow draft of just 2.15 metres. Her contemporary exterior design, by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, showcases a profile characterised by a long waterline and floor-to-ceiling windows. A gently reversed stem with spray rails gives her a distinctive look.


This hull form is efficient over the entire speed range and not only in a restricted speed interval around the maximum speed.

Thanks to two MTU 12V 2000 M72 main engines of 1,080kW each, she will reach a top speed of 19.5 knots and will have a range of 3,750 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. These characteristics make Project Altea one of the fastest and most economical motor yachts in her class.

Stained Canaletto and American walnut are the main veneers used for both flooring and walls.

Textured leathers and custom carpets by Luxury Pride deliver a tactile experience and add a third dimension to the opulent interior design. Gatto and his team have created bespoke soft furnishings that add a sense of comfort and exclusivity. Top tier materials, such as silk and velvet, are paired with fine details and leather trims to create an elegant and unconventional contrast.

Heesen Interiors, Heesen Yachts’ fine cabinetry company, recently completed the interior mock-up. Future yacht owners can now get a real feel for materials, finishes and lighting exactly as they will be built. In addition, the one-to-one mock-up offers the unique opportunity to test and perfect the precise engineering behind the sophisticated interior construction. This will result in more rigorous and efficient construction and installation timings, said Heesen Yachts in a statement.

This March, Heesen announced the sale of YN 19150 Project Electra, the second hybrid yacht in the 5000 aluminium class.At 50 metre below 500GT and with a shallow draft, Project Electra is the ideal yacht for cruising anywhere in style, comfort and virtual silence.