February has seen Heesen Yachts commence sea trials for its 50m Steel Class yacht, referred to as ‘Project Triton’. Featuring a full displacement steel hull and a flared, bulbous bow, the vessel has reportedly been influenced by classic car design, particularly in the “flowing curves” that define its profile, Heesen says. The Dutch boatbuilder adds: “The layout of Project Triton has been optimised to deliver the largest possible volume while remaining under the 500gt threshold.”
The yacht’s interior was put together by UK-based Reymond Langton Design and can accomodate up to 10 guests, spread between a full-beam owner’s stateroom on the main deck forward and four guest suites on the lower deck. The foredeck can be used to store tenders and toys. The exterior design was overseen by Clifford Denn, and includes a 68m2 sun deck featuring a jacuzzi, al fresco dining area and sun loungers, as well as a 78m2 aft deck offering a part-enclosed sky lounge.
Project Triton features a length of 49.9m overall, a 9m beam and a draught of 2.75m at half-load. Twin MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, rated 1,000kW apiece, grant the vessel a maximum speed of 15knots. Onboard tankage can store up to 20,000litres of fresh water and 60,000litres of fuel, the latter helping Triton to attain a range of 3,800nm at 12knots.
The yacht has also been fitted with a hydraulically driven bow thruster, supplied by ZF Marine and rated 90kW, as well as stabilisers provided by Naiad Dynamics.