Sea trial triumph

Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery and renaming of a new 55-metre steel-hulled Fast Displacement yacht.

07 September 2017


Formerly known as Project Alida, YN 17755 has been christened Laurentia by her new owners.

Laurentia combines efficiency, performance and style in a design package of 740GT, with elegant lines by Omega Architects.

During August sea trials held in the North Sea in moderate sea conditions, Laurentia exceeded her contractual speed and reached a top speed of 16.6 knots. The vessel proved to be highly responsive, accepting steering commands immediately thanks to large rudders, a powerful steering unit and the high pitch of the propellers.

The Dutch shipyard has stated that Laurentia is a fantastic new addition to the fast growing Heesen fleet and will turn heads wherever she cruises.

The owners appointed Ramon Alonso at RADYCA, a Miami-based design firm, to create an interior design emphasising luxury, relaxation and entertainment throughout the yacht.


“The objective was to create a clean and simple, yet sophisticated, interior that evokes tranquility in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere,” said Alonso.

He used neutral hues consistently in the open-grain white oak and different tones of wengé, taupe and grey leathers, wool carpets, and light textured suedes. White Arabescato and Grecale brown marble slabs emphasise the design’s minimalism. The furniture was carefully selected from various European and American brands – each piece was customised to fit perfectly in the interior’s larger scheme. Hand-stitched leather panels and accents contrast with the light suedes and dark wengé wood in different tones and finishes.


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