Latest Heysea has an Aussie look
First Heysea Asteria 96 model launched with exterior styling by David Bentley.
Chinese superyacht builder, the Heysea Yacht Group in Guangdong, has launched the first of its Asteria 96 models which feature exterior styling by local design consultancy David Bentley Yacht Design (DBYD).
David Bentley said the launch of the new yacht was the culmination of a long process of consultations with Heysea which started in 2009, eventually leading to the company becoming involved in the Asteria build. DBYD supplied initial concept drawings and 3D modelling for the Asteria 96 based on the hull outline provided by Heysea's engineers.
"The styling follows the studio’s philosophy of developing designs which are well proportioned and both contemporary and innovative in their appearance, as well as being adaptable to smaller and larger sizes for series production," said Bentley.
The first model was delivered to a Chinese buyer based at the Shenzhen Bay Marina Club earlier this year and a second yacht is currently in build. Details of the yacht were presented by Heysea’s CEO Fang Yuan at this year's Sydney International Boat Show where the company was represented by Ensign Ship Brokers.
Features of the new build include accommodation for six guests, crew quarters for up to three staff, plus separate media room, main saloon and formal dining area. The exterior features a sundeck, aft cockpit and foredeck seating area. The 29.2 metre yacht is powered by two Caterpillar 1136hp engines for a maximum speed of 20 knots.
DBYD has previously worked with Hong Kong shipyard Cheoy Lee on its Serenity cruising yacht range as well as partnering with yacht designer Scott Jutson and locally with Haines Hunter and Haines Signature.