heesen’s new shal­low-draft con­cept

A fast-dis­place­ment yacht con­cept de­signed for the Ba­hamas and be­yond.

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Heesen Yachts de­signed 138-foot (42-me­ter) Project Cay­man as an an­swer to mar­ket de­mand for a Ba­hamas-wor­thy, shal­low-draft yacht. She is the ship­yard’s lat­est fast-dis­place­ment trideck, with a draft of 7 feet 1 inch (2.1 me­ters). Con­structed of alu­minum and un­der 400 gross tons, her top speed is es­ti­mated at 22.5 knots.

“The Heesen 47 se­ries has been very suc­cess­ful, and we de­vel­oped Cay­man as a ver­sion of this se­ries,” says Frank Laup­man of Omega Ar­chi­tects. “Her dis­tinct com­bi­na­tion of com­fort, speed and style is typ­i­cal of the Heesen brand.”

Heesen worked on Project Cay­man with long­time part­ners Van Oos­sa­nen, for naval ar­chi­tec­ture, and Omega Ar­chi­tects, for ex­te­rior de­sign. The yacht also marks Heesen’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hot Lab in Mi­lan, Italy, on in­te­rior de­sign.

“From nam­ing to the de­sign process, while de­vel­op­ing the theme for Project Cay­man, we chose a con­tem­po­rary yet ex­otic fo­cus, pro­ject­ing a re­laxed [sense of] hap­pi­ness on board,” En­rico Lu­mieni, se­nior part­ner at Hot Lab, says.

Hot Lab set out to achieve the max­i­mum amount of liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing space pos­si­ble. With ten­ders and toys stowed on the fore­deck, the lower deck aft was free for a beach club ter­race and bar. For­ward on the lower deck are four double guest state­rooms.

The main deck has a con­tem­po­rary, bright sa­lon and for­mal din­ing area, with a color scheme that mir­rors the sun, golden sand and sap­phire-blue wa­ter of the trop­ics. For­ward on the main deck are a full-beam mas­ter suite, of­fice and open-air bath­rooms, ac­cented with light woods.

The sun­deck houses chaise lounges in sun and shade, al­fresco din­ing and a spa pool. heeseny­achts.com

Project Cay­man is Heesen’s an­swer to Amer­i­can de­mand for a shal­low-draft, fast­dis­place­ment mo­to­ry­acht with the vol­ume of a trideck and the abil­ity to cruise the Ba­hamas, and any­where else in the world.

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