A new Italian shipyard called Heron Yacht is to launch its first-ever model at the Cannes Yachting Festival later this month.

The 17.9m Heron 56 motoryacht was designed by naval architect Massimo Picco of Picco Yacht Design. Its unique hull, says Heron, guarantees minimal drag, limited fuel consumption and excellent performance levels with moderately powered engines.

“The design engineer wanted to create a hull capable of increasing the potential to always maintain the same longitudinal trim within the so-called ‘Delta speed’, a range that represents the interval between the minimum and maximum speed of a yacht," says Heron in a statement. "The trim of traditional hulls tends to vary in relation to the speed until reaching the maximum one, while the longitudinal position of Heron 56 always stays constant."

The Heron 56 is equipped with two 435hp Volvo Penta IPS600 engines for a top speed of 32.5kt. However, a combination of alternative transmissions/engines can be installed, starting from the shaft lines up to the higher-performing surface transmissions for top performance.

Another unique feature on the Heron 56 is the vertical bow, which is thin, sharp and longitudinally curvilinear. The lateral surfaces of the bow are flat, says Heron, in order to facilitate the action of hydrodynamic flows on the sides of the yacht.

As for the internal layout, the master cabin is forward, with a bathroom split into two separate areas in order to obtain a large shower room. At the centre of the yacht are two guest cabins with twin beds, each with its own bathroom. The crew cabin is astern, with direct access to the deck to ensure the complete privacy of the yacht owner and the guests.