For cruisers who firmly believe water soothes the mind, Project Altea may be the medicine they need. Bearing a Greek mythological name that means “to heal,” this newest Heesen spec megayacht follows in the footsteps of a proven design and engineering platform.
In fact, she uses the same 50M FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form) as Nova Plus and Home. With both good speed and fuel economy at its core, the engineering package should mean a 19½-knot top speed a 3,750-nautical-mile range at a 12-knot cruising speed. The power package is a pair of twin MTUs. The 163’4” (49.8-meter) Project Altea also has a relatively shallow draft of just 7 feet (2.15 meters), making many shallower destinations possible.
The all-aluminum megayacht is meant for an owners’ party of 12, with a crew of nine. Since delivery should take place next spring, you have plenty of time to personalize the interior spaces. Heesen’s own woodworking shop, Heesen Interiors, has even created a mockup of the interior, so that you can truly walk through the rooms to gauge the sense of volume. Additionally, it did this to let you see and feel the decor materials from Cristiano Gatto Design.
Specifically, the Italian design studio wanted an ambiance of warmth and tranquility. Therefore, American walnut and Canaletto woods cover both the walls and the floors. For accent materials, Project Altea shows off textured leathers as well as custom carpets, all with nicely neutral tones. Cristiano Gatto himself and his staff are custom designing settees, chairs, and tables to welcome you and your guests after a hard day’s play on the watertoys. Finally, they’re adding contrasting pops of colors through rich silks and velvets.
Yet another benefit of the interior mockup: checking out the major systems and other aspects of the engineering package. Take along your project manager and/or captain to see how Heesen arranges and installs things, and make any special requests.
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Cristiano Gatto Design cristianogattodesign.com