Predicting the future is an ability long sought after by the human race. A task that has proven ultimately futile to this day, countless civilizations and cultures have their own traditions attempting to grasp what the coming years might bring. In a fast-changing era such as ours, it is even more bewildering to imagine what the next day will be like, let alone a year. Being able to promise a delivery many years in advance is, therefore, a bold statement that few can commit to. Such is the case of Heesen Yachts, who proudly present Project Akira, first unveiled at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show, which will now begin production and be ready by Spring 2024.
Designed by Omega Architects, the exterior lines are reminiscent of a leaping beast, powerful and leaning forward. A very recognizable silhouette stems from the straight prow and boldly sculpted stern, setting the Project Akira apart from other superyachts.
Even more impressive is the construction material, which makes the Akira into the first 57-metre, all-aluminium fast motor yacht available. The Fast Displacement Hull Form, designed by Van Oossanen, grants the Project Akira the astounding speed if 22 knots, which, given the smaller engines employed, make her into one of the world’s most efficient vessels, ideal for exploring the shallows of the Bahamas.
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“Yacht connoisseurs understand how extraordinary it is to build a high-speed aluminium motor yacht. It takes exacting naval architecture, precision engineering, meticulous welding and rigorous weight control,” says Heesen CCO Friso Visser. “Few shipyards have the skills to do it. Even fewer can afford to risk it on a speculative build. At Heesen, we have the confidence that comes from the knowledge and experience of delivering outstanding performance yachts, year after year.”
The Harrison Eidsgaard studio worked closely with Omega Architecture to create a free-flowing sensation between the interior and exterior designs. The inner layout was thought to accommodate up to 12 guests, with the 63-square-metre owner’s department, the four double ensuite cabins and a VIP cabin on the bridge deck. The decoration for the spaces invites personalisation to go with the characteristic artisanal furniture. Polished sycamore, laminated glass and metallic mesh will be applied throughout to bounce light around, accentuated with dark pewter and metalized materials for a homey warmth.
The beach club on the stern will be the perfect spot for relaxing by the water, with easy entrance to the sea below, while the foredeck stores tenders and toys. A glass elevator is meant to connect all decks, allowing access to the top jacuzzi, the middle sun deck or the lower beach club.
Available for delivery in 2024, the Project Akira serves as a statement for Heesen’s unmatched capabilities to create unique yachts. Lightweight, efficient, and elegant, the Project Akira will soar the seas and wow any witness who dares behold her. Proof of naval mastery, a promise of a brilliant future yet to come, Heesen is sure to deliver on their commitment as they always have.