From Heesen: We are delighted to announce that the hull and superstructure of YN 19850 were joined together at the shipyard in Oss on Saturday, January 16.
The 50-metre Project Sapphire is the second in the new semi-displacement 5000 Aluminium Class, a fast-cruising design of below 500GT which follows on from the successful Satori Class.
For this new class of vessel, Heesen’s in-house team of naval architects created an optimised, low-drag hull design with a reduced transom depth, and propeller tunnels to allow for a shallower shaft angle. Together these refinements have led to efficiency gains of some 12 per cent, while a draught of just 2.15 metres makes Sapphire the perfect yacht for exploring turquoise waters.
Her ultra-efficient hull shape is perfectly complemented by two MTU 16V4000M65L ‘green oceanic’ engines, fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) units to reduce NOx emissions. Particulate filters on the generators augment the environmental package, while a pair of interceptors will guarantee optimal dynamic trim at high speeds. With a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots, Sapphire will be ideal for both island hopping and longer passages.
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