Heesen 50-meter project Maia sold
The Dutch shipyard has announced the sale of the 50-meter world cruiser project Maia to an American serial yacht owner. Maia’s design is a team work, performed by Clifford Denn and Reymond Langton.
The first in the 50-meter Steel class, Maia is a blue water motor yacht with a traditional steel displacement hull by Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineering experts, measuring just under 500 GT.
This Clifford Denn-designed superyacht has a bold and masculine profile, which has been appreciated by the boat’s car enthusiast owner. Maia’s curvy flowing forms and sharp knuckle lines evoke some iconic car models, while certain fashion details, such as the “Fisker whiskers” grille of the aft plates and navigations lights, are directly borrowed from classic automobiles. To foster the effect, the functional wheelhouse with a large roof overhang is there to project “military style”.
Reymond Langton, in turn, has created a warm and inviting ambience in light-bleached oak, contrasting with stained walnut and combining with pale taupe leather and soft fabrics to smoothen the interior look and feel. Indirect LED lighting will draw the eye to some sophisticated design features. The accommodation for up to ten guests is split between five suites, including the owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck.
Powered by double MTU 8V4000 M63, the yacht will reach a top speed of 15 knots, while having a range of 3.800 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 12 knots.
Maia is set to be handed over to her owner in June 2018, once her intensive trials in the North Sea are completed.
Looking back, 2017 has been a successful year for Heesen, with six superyachts being sold to date, those including Boreas, Alida, Antares, Ayla and Ruya renamed upon her delivery to Book Ends.