Heesen Yachts: Project Boreas turned into Erica
Following intensive sea trials on the North Sea, the Dutch shipyard Heesen handed over its yacht Erica, formerly known as Project Boreas (YN 18650), to its owner.
The 50-meter full-aluminium yacht falls into 500 gross register tonnage with a draft under 2.15 metres. The yacht was designed on the basis of Nova Plus project design platform with a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). Due to its efficient hull shape, this displacement yacht reaches a quite high speed for its class - over 20 knots, while the economic speed of 12 knots allows to reduce fuel consumption to about 100 litres per hour (without generators): the cruising range in this mode is about 3,750 miles - more than enough to cross the Atlantic.
Erica’s exterior was designed by Omega Architects bureau, while its elegant and warm interior design owes to Mark Whiteley. The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests: the main deck has a master suite, and 5 guest suits with a large gym lay on the lower deck. The hull is painted a custom metallic Mountain Grey especially designed for this project by Awlgrip. With a complex procedure of paint application, the colouration process took 10 months. However, the yacht itself was built quickly enough: Heesen envisaged the hull not for a specific customer who turned up later, but the Boreas project was originally designed to customize a yacht under construction, and this allowed to significantly accelerate the pace of construction.
Photo: Dick Holthuls