ed heesen masaFormerly known as Project Aster, Heesen has welcomed its latest boat, Masa, to its award-winning fleet, marking the first ship in the newly designed 5000 Aluminium Class.

The YN 18750 was launched during a private ceremony in Heesen’s Oss shipyard, where its owner named the latest addition to the fleet ‘Masa’, meaning ‘my diamond’ in Arabic. Speaking of the boat’s regal title, a representative for Heesen explained, “This name perfectly fits this elegant yacht, the eighth in 5000 Aluminium Class, which is proving to be one of the most successful in Heesen’s extensive yacht range. She represents the pinnacle of Heesen’s expertise in building sporty, lithe and graceful semi-displacement motor yachts.”

As the first ship u the 5000 Aluminium Class range, Masa has a lower carbon footprint while still maintaining the speed and efficiency of its predecessors. It has also been fitted with soot filters to complete its reputation as an eco-friendly member of the fleet.

One of the most noticeable aspects of the Masa is its pelican-beak bow with reverse sheer, as designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, in keeping with Heesen’s sleek and contemporary brand DNA. Similarly, her 50m all-aluminium semi-displacement hull has been designed and engineered by Heesen’s in-house team to construct a lightweight, high-speed yacht capable of towing the line between unparalleled performance and luxury.

Stepping on board, Masa features a blend of light and silver colours for an atmospheric effect befitting of a ship of its stature, as designed by Cristiano Gatto. The boat is equipped with five lower deck suits and a master stateroom on the main deck forward, boasting enough room to house 12 people comfortably, as well as a nine-person crew.

Masa will remain in Oss’ harbour basin for the final elements of construction, before heading on her maiden voyage to Hellevoetsluis in South Holland to undergo a series of sea trials and tests. It is expected to be available for delivery in 2021.

For more information, visit the Heesen website.