Boreas is the Greek god of the north wind and winter, chilling the air with his natural power. Project Boreas, meanwhile, is more warm and welcoming. Bearing a paint scheme matching one of her owner’s favorite cars, the megayacht is a few short weeks from letting him and his family relax onboard.
Heesen Yachts launched the all-aluminum megayacht as the month of July began. She started on spec, the shipyard’s usual practice, with her owners stepping in about a year into the build. The 163’4” (49.8-meter) Project Boreas features the same engineering package as Nova Plus, a 50-meter series that counts Home as a recent delivery. This means she has a fast-displacement hull form promising a nearly 20-knot top speed with MTU engines. It also means the megayacht should see a range of 3,750 nautical miles at 12 knots. Most important of all, though, the hull form should mean good fuel economy. Heesen anticipates that, without gensets running, Project Boreas will burn just 26 gph (98 lph). It’s impressive for her LOA and 499 gross tonnage.
Scheduled for delivery in August, Project Boreas is still highly personalized, despite starting on spec. The above-mentioned paint scheme is a good example. Custom matched by Awlgrip, the metallic gray covers both her hull and her superstructure. Yet another custom request: glass panels with integrated blinds overhead on the sundeck. This permits more daylight to bright up the interior.
In fact, the owner made several requests to prioritize the natural environment while onboard. For instance, Project Boreas boasts opening windows in the skylounge. They’re remote-controlled, too. In addition, the yacht has Isinglas panels for the sundeck. Unusual for a yacht of such magnitude, they are nevertheless practical, sheltering the alfresco area while preserving vistas. Finally, and one of the most fun features, Project Boreas has a swim platform transformable into an open-air gym. Two treadmills (one visible to starboard in the photo above) can set up here.
Featuring an interior by Mark Whiteley Design, Project Boreas has accommodations for 12 people.
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