Heesen's steel-and-aluminium fast-displacement 55-metre has been christened by her owners and delivered
Heesen has delivered the 55-metre Laurentia, YN 17755, formerly known as Project Alida. During sea trials in the North Sea, held at the beginning of August in moderate sea conditions, Laurentia exceeded her contractual speed in reaching 16.6 knots. “The vessel proved to be highly responsive, accepting steering commands immediately. The use of large rudders in conjunction with a powerful steering unit makes for a very quick reaction, as does the high pitch of the propellers. The overall effect instils great confidence in the captain when maneuvering in strong wind conditions,” the yard says.
“Laurentia combines efficiency, performance and style in a design package of 740GT, with elegant yet muscular clean lines by Omega Architects. This steel-hulled motor yacht sets a new standard in superyacht performance,” the yard says.
• Read more about the sale of Project Alida here
The owner appointed Ramon Alonso at RADYCA, a Miami-based design firm, to create an interior. “The objective was to create a clean and simple yet sophisticated interior that evokes tranquillity in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere,” Alsonso says. The colour palette uses neutral hues found in open-grain white oak, and different tones of wengé, taupe and grey leathers, wool carpets, and light textured suedes. White Arabescato and Grecale brown marble slabs emphasise the purity of the design. The loose furniture was selected from European and American brands, and each piece was customised to fit the interior scheme. Hand-stitched leather panels and accents contrast with the light suedes and dark wengé wood in different tones and finishes.