Super yacht Heliad II, the first launch by new Dutch shipyard Lynx Yachts, looks bigger than she actually is. Measuring only 33.4 meters, Heliad II feels like a 40-meter yacht thanks to some innovative design principles used by the shipyard.
The traditional-looking exterior, created by Diana Yacht Design in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, utilizes a canoe stern that allows the aft main deck to extend all the way to the stern, making the main deck look considerably bigger as well as aesthetically pleasing. The yacht’s tender garage is amidships, between the crew quarters and engine room. Because of the large displacement steel-and-aluminum hull, the guest quarters are moved further aft than normal.
Built at the Scheepswerf Made shipyard in the Netherlands, Heliad II’s timeless exterior is combined with a modern interior with bright colors and minimalist chic. Flooring is primarily bamboo with woodwork in light oak for a sleek and contemporary color. Splashes of color offset the earth tones throughout this yacht that is slated for use mainly on charter voyages.
Layout is standard for a yacht that is five meters longer. A passarelle at the stern allows boarding when moored, while access is also via the fold-down door of the tender garage on starboard. The main saloon has a seating area around a surfboard-shaped coffee table on the port side. Further forward is a formal dining area with space for eight around a custom bamboo-topped table. The galley, forward of the dining area is large and well equipped.
The owner’s suite is at the forward end of the main deck and includes a luxurious bedroom that benefits from natural light flowing in from the large windows on either side. A spacious en suite and dressing room occupy the space forward. The accommodation deck has two identical twin cabins and two identical doubles that are serviceable.
On the next deck up, a wheelhouse offers good all around visibility, while the upper saloon features a long sofa and a bar. Sliding doors allow the upper saloon to be closed during cold or inclement weather or open to create a large indoor/outdoor space in conjunction with the sundeck. The upper deck has room for several sun loungers and benefits from an aft sunpad. Going up another level brings passengers to the sundeck that features a large dining table and chairs, lounging space for guests and a retractable awning. 360-degree view here makes it a delightful spot for lunching or enjoying the view while cruising.
Heliad II was designed with al fresco living in mind, with distinct spaces for dining, relaxing, sunbathing and swimming. Crew workspaces are also well designed, large enough not to feel cramp ad allowing flow so as not to disturb guests. This superyacht manages to be different without being quirky as its designers have maximized exterior spaces with retaining a spacious feel inside.