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Heesen Yacht’s 180-Foot Azamanta Is a Fast-Displacement First

With the largest steel hull of its kind, this expedition yacht yearns for extreme latitudes…

Heesen Yachts has delivered the world’s first fast-displacement yacht of its size made from steel, the 180-foot Azamanta. For this latest project, Heesen partnered with Van Oossanen Naval Architects, who pioneered and patented the fast-displacement hull form, which allows for greater efficiency of movement through the water at all rates of speed. The advanced design allows Azamanta—with a top speed just shy of 17 knots—to motor at 15 knots under the power of its two 1,850 hp engines and to cruise at 13 knots with a 4,500-nautical-mile range. The hull’s supplemental ice-reinforcement extends the yacht’s list of viable destinations, granting it the ability to travel through the more extreme latitudes of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Efficiency is also integrated in the superstructure’s design (created in collaboration with Omega Architects), which eliminates any unnecessary components that would inhibit the view—a goal also achieved by the use of vertical windows and glass insertions in the bulwarks. Enticement to take in the surroundings is further enhanced by the nearly 1,200-square-foot sundeck—with a hot tub large enough to double as a performance stage when covered—and, farther forward, a more than 750-square-foot owner’s terrace that accommodates dining for up to six guests. The interior also appeals to the senses with art deco decor from Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, replete with dark wood and silk fabric that extends through the master suite and the six guest cabins equipped with en suite bathrooms.

Additional onboard amenities include a beach club, gym, and watercraft housed in a forward garage accessed by gullwing doors. Ownership was given over after sea trials in the North Sea on July 10. (heesenyachts.com)


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