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

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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

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