eBrochure Project Aura 50m Steel

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Exterior design

True blue Blending practicality with luxurious detail, this 50-metre steel-hulled yacht has been optimised to deliver the largest possible volume while still remaining under the 500 GT threshold. Wrapped in a refined yet striking exterior, Aura makes a splash for all the right reasons. A true bluewater motor yacht ideal for cruising, Aura features a displacement hull designed by Heesen’s in-house team of naval architects and engineers. Two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines provide a top speed of 15 knots to travel and explore new horizons. A bulbous bow allows her to glide through the water with ease. At 50 metres, this cutting-edge design boasts a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.

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Outdoor space meets luxurious design

British designer Clifford Denn has imagined a sophisticated exterior with generous outdoor space. A large sun deck promises the best of the yachting lifestyle, complete with jacuzzi, al fresco dining and sun loungers. Tenders and toys are stored on the foredeck. The spacious aft deck complements the part-enclosed sky lounge. Access to the water is made easy from the enticing main deck aft. The stairs on both sides lead to the fold-out swim platform. Built upon Heesen’s proven technical platform, Aura invites guests to step aboard, and chill.

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Classic appeal, original design

Details inspired by classic automotive design inform Aura’s exterior. A military-style wheelhouse offers a touch of masculinity. A traditional peak bow with reversed sheer line affords a striking profile. The end result encases Heesen DNA with a flare of originality.

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Exterior design

Function, form and fashion Clifford Denn

Aura is a yacht that stands the test of time. British designer Clifford Denn has artfully mixed Heesen DNA with his own creative flare to create a 50-metre yacht built on a proven engineered platform. Equally as important was the need to balance originality with adaptability. “A mix of curvy flowinga forms and sharp knuckle lines create a widely appealing style that have an affinity with contemporary and classic iconic cars with a similar DNA, ” he says. “ I was mindful not to create a design that was too niche, but having said that, giving the 50-metre Steel a unique character was imperative.” Aura carries highly resolved details that have been beautifully crafted by Heesen’s in-house team. These include the aft fashion plate horizontal strakes and navigation lights, which, says Denn, “are styling details that provide practical design solutions, as well as being jewellike styling objects in their own right.”The strakes allow guests to see through the aft extending fashion plates. “This gives the required sporty look we were after,” explains Denn.

“The fact that there is an undercut to the underside of the deck helps to achieve another ‘styling feature’ whilst maximising usable deck space for guests.”

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Function features strongly in Denn’s design. Overhead protection ‘wings’ carry raised search light pods and SSB aerials. The wave breaker at the front of the tender storage deflects spray. The military style wheelhouse windows reduce reflection and provide a large roof overhang that offers protection from sun and rain and extends the sun deck aft by 1.65m. “These are all design features driven by practicality, ” he explains.

and out of GT calculations. I then used the gained GT to provide a super beach club for guest use at the aft. This is served by a fantastic fold-down bathing platform, ” Denn explains.

Contained within the exterior design brief was the need to keep Aura below 500 GT. This was achieved by optimising the available volume. “The tenders were moved onto the foredeck,

Another distinctive design feature are the bulwark cut outs with glass inserts to provide uninterrupted views out to sea. “We needed to keep the upper deck bulwark high to hide the tenders on the foredeck, but we also wanted to showcase views from the upper deck saloon, ” explains Denn. “Hence the bulwark cut out, which is also combined with the handrail as a design detail.”

Forward leaning design

Shining a spotlight on performance

“The bridge wing roof overhangs, combined with the reversed wheelhouse window, creates a shadow that has an aggressive leaning forward ‘stance’, like a cat readying itself to pounce.”

Many of the exterior design features have evolved from a desire to blend function with form. The navigation lights include a “shiny” sculpted styling strake to match the fashion plates. In essence, the navigation lights became a stylistic feature rather than trying to hide them.

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Interior design

Warmth in simplicity

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Materials with magic

The natural touch

A myriad materials work in harmony to create an interior that is both textured and airy, and light yet cosy. “Figured patterns” made by stitching details help to make a space feel elegant and interesting. Made from specially engineered nylon and polyester fibres, these patterns have been used for wall panels, headboards, furniture panels and windows boxes. The staircase wall, for example, is entirely covered by four shades of pale colours in horizontal stripes to make a neutral rainbow.

Contrasts give the interior shape and substance. Pure white marble with crystals lacing through it is used for all bathroom and day head floors, alongside cool stainless steel furniture details and natural materials, such as wood and Majilite, that are fully sustainable. The palette of colours goes from different shades of pale and neutral to light taupe and brown, as per the hues that we find in the nature.

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emphasise the different shades of hues from the sea.” Aura’s interior is characterised by clean lines and bright and airy spaces. “Every element has a specific space and function without sacrificing the beauty and elegance,” says Reymond. All wooden doors feature a pattern of horizontal grooves, while on the marble shower walls the lines are vertical. The chosen marbles – white and gold Calacatta for the guest rooms, and Calacatta Vena Fine for the Owner’s suite – make a statement in their own right, with warm veins of gold and grey running through them. These are combined with snow white and opal white marble floors that contain a sparkly texture to give a rich

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“The beach club is my favourite area on board, as it feels akin to a beach house – closely connected to the sea.”

Step aboard Aura and enter an interior world of Scandinavian chic. Here simplicity and function seamlessly blend. Natural materials come to the fore, mixing woods and leather with daring, geometrical printed fabrics. Grey and white tones sit in contrast with vibrant accents of green, blue and turquoise. Stitched, textured Majilite is positioned alongside light brown Walnut Canaletto wood. British studio Reymond Langton Design has fused inner tranquility with exterior masculinity resulting in a light, airy and fresh environment.

accent to the space. “Our main objective was to evoke a sense of calm where people can feel happy, relaxed and at home.”

“We wanted to create a neutral and calm atmosphere using light and pale coloured materials where furniture and interesting elements can stand out,” says Pascale Reymond. “The tones variate from light beige and taupe to warm, dark brown; perfect together to give the cosy and relaxing feel of a beach house with an accent of vitality. Bright colours are used to

“The loose furniture – interior and exterior – are contemporary and feature contrasting details and a soft appearance for a modern and comfortable space adaptable to any kind of personality,” says Reymond. “The artworks are abstract and modern, too, with vibrant, bold pigments to give a sophisticated, elegant touch and to increase the energy all around the boat.”

Importantly for a boat built on speculation, Aura’s design environment is both subtle and adaptable, meaning future owners can place their personal touch on the finished interior. The same relaxed feeling that characterises the interior is repeated on the exterior decks using carefully curated items with clear lines and bright colours.

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Interior design

Home comfort Aura transforms a yacht into a home. The interior, imagined by British studio Reymond Langton Design, is defined by clean lines and surfaces. Billowy clouds of white and taupe give an ethereal elegance, peppered with sharp accents of sea greens and deep blues. Textured materials evoke a sense of calm, refined by the chicness of Scandinavian simplicity. Light, airy and spacious areas are ideal for entertaining. Natural light and well-placed ambience LEDs are twinned with views of the great outdoors. True to her name, Aura is a glowing hub of comfort on water.

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Dining area

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Bright and light

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Main saloon

The main saloon is a sophisticated yet casual affair. A light hued Tai Ping wool carpet with a geometric border pattern is velvety soft underfoot. Contemporary abstract paintings by German artist Katharina Grosse sprinkle energy

around the room. An elegant ceiling sculpture by Artemide reflects the natural light, suspended over a formal dining arrangement for ten guests. Cushioned tub chairs and sumptuous sofas invite guests to rest, regroup and reset.

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Sky lounge

A room with a view

The sky lounge is both spacious and cosy. The eye is drawn to a leather wall panel by English artist Helen Amy Murray, flanked either side by large panoramic windows. Soft lighting creates an intimate and calming atmosphere, as does a dark brown geometric wool carpet by Tai Ping. Often the place where guests are most drawn to, the sky lounge on Aura creates a seamless affinity between the interior and exterior bridge deck aft.

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Owner’s stateroom

The heart of the yacht

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Owner’s stateroom

The owner’s stateroom is a private refuge with space to breathe. The walls in the dedicated study are adorned with bespoke paintings by British artist Jane Emberson. This area leads to a generous full-beam bedroom, with light brushed oak floors.

Light from the great outdoors streams in through floor to ceiling windows, reflected around the room by Crystal Caviar sculptures. An en suite bathroom, clad in grey Calacatta marble walls and a white crystal marble floor, completes the cocoon.

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Guest bathroom

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Guest suites

The four lower deck guest suites are bright and supremely comfortable. Striped wool carpets, gold and white marble-clad bathrooms, and light figured tanganika walls provide a welcoming space.

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Beach club

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Relocating tenders and toys to the bow creates optimised space for a lavish beach club. A backlit bar, sauna and a vast swim platform are neatly


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arranged around snug sofas that face out to sea. Mirrored walls and sculptures reflect ambient lighting into even the cosiest of corners.

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Aura 50m Steel General Yacht numer: 19650 Hull type: Twin propeller motor yacht, displacement Naval architect: Heesen Yachts Exterior design: Clifford Denn Design Interior design: Reymond Langton Design Classification: Lloyd’s  100A1 SSC YACHT []LMC Large Commercial Yacht Code REG-YC Hull: Steel Superstructure: Aluminium Dimensions Length over all: Beam over all: Draft: Displacement (half load): Tonnage:

49.90 metres / 163 ft 8 inches 9.00 metres / 29 ft 6 inches 2.75 metres / 9 ft Approx. 440 tons Approx. 499 GT

Accommodations Crew: 9 Guests: 10 Cabins: Full-beam owner’s stateroom, three double guest suites and one twin guest suite

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Technical Details Maximum speed (half load): Range at 13 knots: Fuel capacity: Fresh water:

15 knots 3,800 Nm 60,000 litres / 15,850 US Gallons 20,000 litres / 5,300 US Gallons

Propulsion Details Main engines: Maximum power: Gearbox: Engine control: Propellers: Main generators: Bowthruster: Stabilisers:

2 x MTU 8V4000 M63 2 x 1,000kW 2 X ZF 5311 MTU Blue Vision (New Generation) 2 x five blade fixed pitch 2 x Zenoro, each 118kW, 50 Hertz Thruster Systems HRP 1001 90kW, hydraulically driven Naiad Dynamics, 2 fins, type 575, zero speed

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At Heesen we don’t just build yachts. We turn dreams into reality. From day one, Heesen has pursued a consistent mission: to create yachts with exceptional standards of engineering and meticulous attention to detail. To achieve this, skilled hands, driven by a passion for perfection, make all the difference. They are able to fulfil every customer’s dream. Each yacht is built entirely in-house, using the strongest aluminium and the toughest steel. This craftsmanship is matched by an unparalleled hunger for innovation and

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challenge. The result: designs that continue to push the limit and set the industry’s benchmark. But the Heesen experience goes beyond building a perfect yacht. It’s all about exceeding the client’s expectations with first-class service at all times, throughout the customer journey. A yacht is a beautiful way to travel the world in luxury and expand your horizons. At Heesen, we create yachts on which the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.



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Ever since Frans Heesen started out in 1978, the shipyard has continuously expanded and improved its infrastructure and docks. Today, it is one of the most advanced and wellequipped yacht-building facilities in the world.

2,900 square metres of workshop space offer everything you need to construct a product as complex as a Heesen yacht. Production capacity has gradually increased with the addition of new docks. In 2016, following the success of the 65-metre Galactica Star and 70-metre Galactica Super Nova, a 90-metre shed with 85-metre dry dock were completed. These new facilities allow the construction of yachts up to 83 metres entirely in-house.

The shipyard is located in the Dutch city of Oss, 150 kilometres inland and connected to the North Sea by a series of canals and rivers. Its 22,000 square metres of covered area and

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Hightech craftsmanship Building a yacht is one of the most challenging construction processes to be undertaken. Few processes require as many skills and expertise. What’s more, in this high-tech era of robots and fully automated production, a Heesen yacht is still largely crafted by hand.

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Heesen‘s modern shipyard in Oss builds yachts of up to 83 metres.

The design comes to life The backbone of each Heesen yacht is expert welding to the highest tolerances. It is always a magical moment when the first contours of the hull appear, and the yacht’s design comes to life. Heesen uses aluminium – which requires highly skilled and experienced welders – and steel to construct. The exterior outfitting stage is the largest unsung challenge of all builds; complex to the core, executed to perfection.

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A perfect finish Several layers of epoxy primer are applied to the aluminium and steel surfaces of the yacht, giving the hull and superstructure a smooth finish and a perfect basis for the paintwork. It takes a trained eye and skilful hands to apply each layer of coating and paint with exactly the right thickness. It’s arduous work, too, which is

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why Heesen equips its workers with industrialgrade exoskeletons. These fully mechanical passive suits provide protection against injury and fatigue. They alleviate the weight and physical stress of holding and working with tools in certain positions. And they also look pretty cool.


The marriage The definitive shape of the yacht is determined by another key moment in the building process: the marriage, when the hull and superstructure are joined. It is all about perfect timing and precision when the crane operator lowers the superstructure onto the hull.

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Hand-built imagination As one of the few yacht builders to have an entire in-house department of interior specialists, Heesen guarantees consistent quality and custom design solutions that spark your imagination.

‘Heesen builds its yacht interiors entirely in-house, a service that differentiates the shipyard from others in the world and enables it to guarantee the quality it promises’

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Interior workshop The shipyard’s main interior workshop is situated in Winterswijk, just over an hour’s drive from Oss, and provides more than 8,100 square metres of working space. Here, a large group of craftsmen work on up to five Heesen projects at the same time. This is where all of the luxury areas – such as the atrium, saloon, dining room, owner’s stateroom and guest suites – are created. At the shipyard in Oss, another 30 craftsmen work on the interiors of all the service areas and sky lounges. Rather unusually in this industry, Heesen builds its yacht interiors entirely inhouse, which requires every type of machinery and skill on location. “This is something that has evolved over the years and we are very proud of it,” Henry Schreur, director of Heesen Interiors, explains, “because we have been responsible for many award-winning yacht interiors.” Schreur refers to the acclaimed My Sky, Galactica Star, Elena, Amore Mio and Galactica Super Nova. This requires a lot of talent. It is one of many reasons why Heesen invests heavily in the acquisition of young talent.

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Mock-up The interior construction process consists of two phases. At first, the in-house interior department generates a foursquare-metre mock-up of the proposed interior. This is a full-sized, fully finished interior fitted with handles, switches, lamps and even fabrics and flooring. If the owner agrees with the concept, the interior department then starts creating workshop drawings and sources all the materials, from the exotic to the everyday.

Exquisite materials Once completed, the interior reaches the second phase – the actual creation process, which starts at both atelier locations. The craftsmen work with some exclusive wood types, including teak, wengé, Macassar ebony, walnut, flamed maple, as well as stained and curved glass, ray and goat skin, 3D printed elements, marble, onyx and other minerals. There are no limits to what the in-house interior specialists can create: the challenge lies in processing the materials in the right way.

Perfect finish Naturally, raw materials such as bamboo, wood and leather differ from each other in their colour or texture. So to create uniformity, the interior specialists have to carefully treat each piece of wood by bleaching or staining, or colour the animal skin. As well as the material challenge of ensuring every piece looks exactly like its proposed design, weight, dimensions and time are other constraining factors for the craftsmen involved. However, even with last-minute changes, these professionals never take short cuts and always ensure that they install everything with a perfect finish.

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Interior assembly All of the interior components are created in the wood shops in Oss and Winterswijk and are then assembled and finished on the yacht itself, which requires many different skills for a perfect result.

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After Sales & Yacht Services With an ever-expanding fleet of superyachts cruising the world, it was only natural to broaden the scope of services and launch a comprehensive programme called ‘Yacht Services by Heesen’ alongside the shipyard’s existing After Sales programme. The in-house programme consists of three pillars to enhance owners’ overall experience and improve the operational reliability of their assets. Taking delivery of a Heesen yacht is the start of a journey – a carefree

journey, thanks to the support of Heesen’s After Sales programme, which ensures premium care and provides maintenance and technical support throughout the yacht’s entire lifespan. From the moment that our skilled team of workers finish building the yacht, she is placed in the expert caring hands of our After Sales team who keep watch over the yacht, ensuring she stays in peak condition. In addition, Heesen proactively reaches out to all owners with the yacht services detailed on the following pages.

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Original spare parts & provisioning We ensure operational reliability and avoid a delayed or cancelled cruise due to technical failures by offering original components at all times. We also offer owners the complete package of recommended spare parts prior to delivery. To be able to offer this, the shipyard maintains excellent relations with all equipment suppliers, including the right partners in food, beverage, crew clothing, medical equipment, etc., to make sure that high-quality, warranty-protected and competitively priced parts arrive on time.

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Refit This pillar was introduced to ensure that Heesen’s Dutch quality standards can be maintained throughout the lifecycle of a yacht. Owners sometimes have to fall back on local shipyards and subcontractors when maintenance and repair work is required. This is why Heesen provides managerial assistance on necessary refit, repair and renewal work, either from a distance or on location. A flying squad of technicians is ready to travel at a moment’s notice to any location in the world.

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Customer Support & Warranty Heesen’s Warranty team looks after all claims and warranty requirements, whereas Customer Support provides general 24/7 support to any Heesen client in need, even on location thanks to our flying squad. We ensure the Heesen quality-standard continues even after delivery, by offering a 5 year, 10 year or 15-year Class Survey to all of our yachts via our dedicated After Sales team.

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Holland, home of yacht building

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It is no coincidence that many of the best shipyards in the world are found in Holland. Our passion for yacht building and commitment to quality is unrivalled. And that is what makes Heesen Yachts the world’s leading builder of high-performance yachts. We hope to see you soon to realise your dream.

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