Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of the 55m steel hulled Fast Displacement YN 17755 Laurentia, formerly known as Project Alida. The luxury yacht is the example of how the efficiency, performance and style can be combined 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.
During the sea trials, which were held in the North Sea at the beginning of August in moderate sea conditions, Laurentia exceeded her contractual speed and reached a top speed of 16.6 knots. The highly responsive vessel accepted 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 manoeuvring in strong wind conditions.
The Owner appointed Ramon Alonso at RADYCA, a Miami-based design firm, to create an interior design that promotes luxury, relaxation and entertainment throughout the yacht. A consistent use of neutral palette is found in open-grain white oak and different tones of wengé, taupe and grey leathers, wool carpets, and light textured suedes. The purity of design is emphasized with the help of white Arabescato and Grecale brown marble slabs. The loose furniture was carefully selected from various European and American brands and each piece was customized to fit perfectly and adapt to the interior scheme. Hand-stitched leather panels and accents play in contrast with the light suedes and dark wengue wood in different tones and finishes.
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