This spring season is seeing several superyachts slip out of their build sheds for the first time. Masa is among them, having celebrated her launch on April 5 at Heesen Yachts. While it was a private event, the owner was on hand to officially christen this eighth member of the Heesen 5000 Aluminium Class series.
Why mess with success when you’ve sold several megayachts in a proven series? In the case of Heesen’s 5000 Aluminium Class, the yard isn’t messing with success. Rather, its in-house naval architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects pledge two big benefits. Starting with Project Aquamarine, in build for a 2021 delivery, buyers will see 12-percent
The efforts that Spain’s Astondoa shipyard is making to promote itself more stateside seem to be working. Hull number two of the Astondoa 100 Century is under construction for a U.S. owner. While that owner takes delivery in 2019, hull number one premiered during last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival. A semi-custom megayacht, she has styling
As part of the series celebrating its 100th anniversary, Astondoa currently has a new Century megayacht in build. She’s the 120 Century. Astondoa turned 100 years old in 2016. Its roots go back to brothers, Jesús and José Astondoa Martínez, who made wooden rowboats for fishermen in Portugalete, Spain. Today, the third generation of that
What more suitable name for a white yacht with a color scheme including white than, well, White? She’s the 163’4” (49.8-meter) that started construction at Heesen Yachts as Project Ayla. She celebrated her christening on February 8 and then made her first appearance in the water outside the shipyard’s sheds. Also referred to previously by
INTERIOR PHOTOS: David Churchill Due to their luxury amenities, megayachts often seem like floating vacation homes. For some owners, that is indeed the sole purpose. For others, though, there’s also a deeper appreciation of technology. In fact, some are particularly concerned with consuming less fuel. They therefore research options like diesel-electric propulsion. However, some shipyards