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December 20th 2018. By Diane Byrne.

Heesen Yachts’ Irisha

A 167-footer capable of 25 knots is unusual enough; Irisha is even more unusual because she’s really used as a dayboat.

Mega yacht owners commonly commission their yachts to venture far from home. The owners of Irisha stand in sharp contrast. Every day, the crew pulls their 167-footer up alongside their home in Sardinia, welcoming them and whoever else is there aboard. Then, Irisha zips over to their favorite anchorages—handily seeing a 25-knot top speed—and drops anchor. The owners and guests go swimming, enjoy lunch, and spend an overall relaxing afternoon aboard. Then, Irisha whisks them back to the house, preparing to do it all again the next day. Big parties, intimate gatherings; she moves from one to the other with aplomb.

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A fully custom project, Irisha does still draw upon the engineering of Heesen’s successful 5000 Aluminum series. That permits her faster-than-expected speeds. The owners blended it with somewhat aggressive styling by the well-known design studio Harrison Eidsgaard.

The way the owners use Irisha is unusual in another way. Just off the aft deck here, she has what the designers call a winter garden. Opening glass panels surround a cozy seating area that can be an entirely indoor space or indoor-outdoor lounge.

Further unusual, the formal dining area is really the centerpiece of the main deck. But, considering the owners use the mega yacht to treat friends and family to good meals and good conversations, it’s actually quite sensible. Also sensible, the dining area adapts to accommodate 22 people.

As striking as Irisha is in profile, she’s equally striking inside. The upper-deck lounge is a good example. Note the cozy window settee, built into the prominent framing of the window. It practically begs guests to stretch out and enjoy the view.

Harrison Eidsgaard wanted the owners to enjoy the view, too, privately. That’s why they proposed including this fixed balcony off the master suite, located forward on the main deck. The sunbeds are ideal for naps, too.

This lacquered Macassar ebony tub commands attention in the en suite master bath. A gradient of peaceful, serene browns—individually stained wood panels, done by Heesen’s woodworkers—complements it, visible in the background.

The owners have friends with larger yachts, bearing some pretty spectacular custom interior details. Not to be outdone, Irisha has a sinuous stairway, adorned with polished plaster mimicking stone.

Each of the guest staterooms below decks has a distinct punch of color, especially on one wall. In this stateroom, that same wall is a sliding panel that permits creating one large suite. The adjoining cabin converts to a seating area.

Given her impressive top speed, Irisha needs excellent visibility at the helm. The curved glass panels posed a design and manufacturing challenge, in a good way. They’re among the largest ones produced in Europe, too.

The dayboat emphasis aside, Irisha is still capable of longer voyages, should her owners feel so inclined. Given her engineering platform, Heesen says she should see 3,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. That’s enough to take the owners and guests from Sardinia to the South of France and back, several times. It’s also enough to make a transatlantic voyage. Come to think of it, Irisha would find herself right at home in South Florida waters. With her eight-foot draft, she could indulge in a familiar favorite pastime of American boaters: daily lunch trips over to the Bahamas.

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Specifications: LOA: 167’4”;  Beam: 29’6”;  Draft: 8’2”;  Displacement: 318 tons (half load);  Fuel capacity: 14,663 gallons

Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.