Heesen Yachts built motor yacht ELA on the proven platform 5000 Aluminum with Fast Displacement Hull Form.

Motor yacht ELA is based on the proven platform NOVA PLUS – a faster vessel with a traditional MTU engine configuration than NOVA with hybrid propulsion. It is a sister ship to ERICA. The exterior design comes from long-term partners Omega Architects, while Cristiano Gatto drew the interior design. Like many yachts by Heesen, also ALTEA has the patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Photos by Dick Holthuis

Her twin MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines have a total power of 2.160 hp to reach a maximum speed of just under 20 knots. At the cruising speed of 12 knots, ALTEA has a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles. ELA has a shallow draft of 2.15m.

Usually, it is a yacht for family use, but selected clients can charter motor yacht ELA.

Interior renderings when motor yacht ELA was announced as Project ALTEA (YN 19550)

The interior is warm but bright as well. Cristiano Gatto uses veneers of stained Canaletto and American walnut for the walls and flooring. Moreover, custom-made carpets by Luxury Pride.
ALTEA welcomes up to twelve guests and has an interior space of 350 square meters (information when the yacht was announced – could be different now)

Between the sale of the yacht and the delivery of ELA were three months. So it was intensive work to personalize the interior for the taste of the owner.

“Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria,” said Cristiano Gatto. “But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time.”

Material Overview

Heesen Yachts Altea Material Overview