A StAr IS Born
Heesen continues work on Project Maia, a 163-foot (49.9-meter) spec yacht scheduled for completion next year. By Justin Ratcliffe
Maia is a mercury-manganese star in the constellation Taurus—an appropriate name for one of the latest additions to the Heesen galaxy of 10 yachts under construction.
Clifford Denn of the eponymous design studio in France handled exterior design, and Jason Macaree of Reymond Langton in England was tapped for interiors. The same team collaborated on Heesen’s Ann G, delivered by Heesen last year, and the new project shares the same technical platform.
“We started with various options for the exterior profile and progressed quite quickly to a solution that combines modern and classic lines inspired by automotive design,” Denn says.
The auto cues include ventilation grilles on the aft fashion plates. Other features are pure Heesen, such as the iconic bow shaped like a pelican’s bill.
Heesen is building Project Maia on speculation, with an owner still being sought. For Reymond Langton, the ownership status meant creating a dynamic interior design without falling into generic solutions to please all tastes.
“For us it was a question of creating a balance between the neutral elements and architectural details,” Macaree says. “The result is a beautiful design that works as a comfortable and elegant private yacht that can also accommodate charter guests if so desired.”
With accommodations for 10 guests in five staterooms, including a master suite on the main deck forward and four guest staterooms on the lower deck, the yacht is expected to reach a top speed of 15 knots and have a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.
Heesen Project Maia