Heesen Sells Project Akira

The yacht is the first in Heesen’s 187-foot, all-aluminum series of fast yachts.

Heesen Project Akira
Heesen Yachts says its 187-foot, all-aluminum Project Akira can do 22 knots. Courtesy Heesen Yachts

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Heesen Yachts in the Netherlands has sold Project Akira, the first hull in the yard’s series of 187-foot, all-aluminum fast yachts.

The sale was done with Wes Sanford of Northrop & Johnson and James Corts of MarineMax introducing the client.

Project Akira will have an enclosed volume of approximately 780 gross tons and a lightweight Fast Displacement Hull Form. The design was first presented at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show, and construction began on spec in February 2022. Delivery is expected in time for the summer 2024 season.

Power will be a pair of IMO Tier III-compliant MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines with a reported maximum speed of 22 knots.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned the profile. Harrison Eidsgaard collaborated on the layout and décor. Accommodations are for 12 guests in six staterooms, including an owner’s stateroom on the main deck and a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck.

Heesen’s employees just keep going: When the keel was laid for Project Akira, four of Heesen employees celebrating their 25th work anniversaries carried out the first welds. Overall, 17 of the shipyard’s original 40 employees still work at the yard.

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