Heesen Yachts celebrated an important milestone for the much-anticipated Project Aster earlier this month as her semi-displacement hull and superstructure were joined. Known as Hull YN18750, the Dutch luxury yacht builders constructed her hull in-house at their Oss shipyard. When completed she will be the seventh yacht in Heesen’s popular 5000 aluminum class to be delivered to date.

Designed to perform well and look good, Project Aster will be powered by two MTU 16V4000 diesel engines, giving her an anticipated top speed of 23 knots and a range of 3,100 nautical miles at 11 knots. Her sleek exterior lines are the work of Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, while the interior draws on Project Aster’s sister ships for inspiration. Borrowings include the silver ceiling first seen on Sartori and cabinetry with stainless steel highlights which is one of Omega’s key design features.

Italian designer Cristiano Gatto’s vision aims at creating a “quiet and serene ambience” throughout her living spaces through the use of rich textures and a calming color palette dominated by pale greys, silver and dark wood. Unique touches include the use of woven leather worked using Coco Chanel’s signature woven brocade effect which was the result of a collaboration with premium leather supplier Foglizzo.

When complete, Project Aster will offer more than 500 square meters of living space and will be able to accommodate up to 12 overnight guests. The spacious master stateroom is located on the main deck with a further five guest cabins on the lower deck. The interior layout also offers capacity for up to nine crew members.

Heesen undertook the build of Project Aster on speculation and she is currently still available to potential owners. Her delivery date has been set for June 2019.