Heesen’s Project Alida Gains Owners, for Delivery in July

Another Fast Displacement motoryacht from Heesen now has a buyer. Project Alida will find herself in her experienced owners’ hands in time for the summer season.

Similar to most Heesen builds, Project Alida began on spec. The 740-gross-ton megayacht employs Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ proven Fast Displacement Hull Form, which permits fuel-efficient cruising throughout the full speed range. Project Alida, whose new name isn’t being revealed yet, should see a top speed of 16 knots and a cruise of 13. At the latter speed, she should see a 4,500-nautical-mile range. At just one knot slower, she’ll be capable of 5,400 nautical miles.

From the five guest staterooms below decks—which include a full-beam VIP—to the skylounge, Project Alida is getting an entirely new interior design. Initially, Heesen turned to Bannenberg & Rowell Design, but the owners tapped RADYCA, based in Miami. The firm has a few specialties, including residential interior design and architecture, though it has fashioned the interiors for a few yacht projects, too. For Project Alida, RADYCA is juxtaposing varying shades of neutral tones. For example, open-grain white oak contrasts with multiple colorations of wenge. Pale, and textured, suedes offset taupe and gray leathers as well as wool carpeting. Then there’s the combination of white and brown marbles.

In terms of space planning, Project Alida follows a customary layout. The master suite sits forward on the main deck. The owners and guests will enjoy using the beach club, saloon, and skylounge. The skylounge benefits from floor-to-ceiling windows, too. Overall, 2,691 square feet (250 square meters) of relaxation space is at everyone’s disposal. When it comes time to play closer to the water, the crew can launch the watertoys stowed on the foredeck.

Project Alida’s sea trials will take place in time for the owners to begin cruising in June.

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