The third yacht in Heesen Yachts’ new 50-metre semi-displacement class is now under construction at the shipyard in Oss. Project Jade boasts an optimised hull, Tier III engines and a shallow draught of just 2.15 metres.

The first welds to the keel of YN 20350 were carried out in the presence of the American Bureau of Shipping surveyor. Project Jade is available for delivery in spring 2024.

Two advanced MTU 16V 4000 M65L (IMO Tier III) engines power this fast cruising yacht, allowing for a top speed in excess of 23 knots and a transoceanic range of 3100 miles at 11 knots. In Heesen tradition, speed comes from smart naval architecture rather than brute horsepower, with the optimisation of the hull design said to produce efficiency gains of twelve per cent. This significant result was achieved by streamlining the underwater body, keeping transom depth to a minimum, and creating propeller tunnels to raise the propellers and reduce overall draught to just 2.15 metres.

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‘This combination of speed and shallow draught makes the design ideal for cruising in shallow coastal waters such as the Bahamas, as well as the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean,’ commented Heesen’s CCO, Friso Visser. A pair of interceptors guarantee optimal dynamic trim at high speeds.

Below 500 GT

Heesen’s 50-metre fast-cruising class is the first of its kind below 500 GT to comply with IMO Tier-III regulations. A curvy, sporty exterior design by Omega Architects complements Jade’s performance with crisp design features, while the way its optical and actual centre of gravity overlay each other creates a look that is both graceful and well-balanced. Another key exterior feature is the subtle reverse sheer towards the bow, which both improves visibility from the bridge and accentuates the yacht’s sleek profile.

Thanks to the elevated sunpad on the main deck’s aft terrace, Jade features a full-height beach club, which brings the centre of the outdoor activities close to the water.

Twelve guests can be accommodated in five staterooms, with the master suite located on the main deck forward, and two twins and two doubles on the lower deck. There are five cabins for a crew of nine. Acclaimed italian designer Cristiano Gatto is responsible for the interior design.

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