Megayacht Ventura, Heesen’s YN 16050, Hits the Water

ALL PHOTOS: Dick Holthuis

The third launch in Heesen Yachts’ all-aluminum 50-meter series, Ventura, has made her debut. Stormy-looking skies seemed an apt setting, given the megayacht’s two-tone, metallic-grey paint.

Started as YN 16050 (her hull number), Ventura joins Satori and an unnamed 163’4” (49.8-meter) megayacht in the series. There’s additionally one more megayacht in the series under construction, code named Project Azuro. Like them, Ventura is engineered for a good turn of speed: a top end of 22½ knots at half load with twin MTU 16V 4000 M90s. She should also have good range, 3,200 nautical miles at 11 knots.


Even as a sistership, Ventura bears looks all her own, thanks to the owners’ collaboration with Francesco Paszkowski of Paszkowski Design. Together, they created a minimalist decor, with lighting playing a key role. Various moods can be created throughout the megayacht, and sculptures and other artwork alike have special accent lighting. Ventura further has two master suites. One is for the owners to use while en route, forward on the main deck. The other is aft on the bridge deck, with wrap-around windows. Guests are treated to a full-beam VIP stateroom, two doubles, and one twin below decks. As the saloon photo (above) shows, Ventura has a color scheme that complements her exterior looks. The soles are ebony, and walls are whitened oak.

In keeping with how other Heesens—and indeed many other megayachts—are used, Ventura’s owners have a good-size sundeck to enjoy. There’s a little more than 573 square feet (70 square meters) for loose lounges and other furnishings to be arranged, or removed, in the case of a big cocktail party or other soiree.

Sea trials should wrap up in the coming weeks, followed by hand-over of the megayacht in time for the summer cruising season.

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