In March this year, Heesen Yachts unveiled its 164-foot superyacht project Maia. Her design is a team work, performed by Clifford Denn and Reymond Langton, which has been executed with both owner and charter guests in mind.
Now, six months later, Netherlands-based superyacht shipyard announced the sale of this 50-meter world cruiser project to to an American serial yacht owner. Reportedly, the buyer spent about a year researching his next step before deciding this was it.
Project Maia still retains hallmark Heesen elements, like pronounced, even muscular curves. Denn amped some of these up, further adding nods to automotive styling. For example, paying homage to famed car designer Henrik Fisker here, incorporating his renowned “Fisker whiskers.” (The term stems from the grills resembling a cat’s whiskers.)
Complementing, yet also contrasting with, the bold style, the owner wants a light-gray color scheme outside. Interestingly, complements and contrasts occur inside, too.
Here, the owner and ReymondLangton Design are pairing bleached oak and stained walnut for paneling and other surfaces. In addition, light-taupe leather, along with other subdued tones of fabrics, set the backdrop. Bolder colors come into play in the artwork, in addition to some furnishings. Further of note, Project Maia will draw guests’ attention to specific areas and art pieces via LEDs.
Accommodating up to 10 guests in five staterooms, the main-deck owner’s suite has a private office that leads to the generous full-beam bedroom in which large windows provide panoramic views and plenty of natural light.
A roomy bathroom in oak and limestone features stained walnut and a Volga blue granite vanity. Four lower-deck guest suites (three doubles and one twin on the lower deck) are again light and airy, and 10 crew members are accommodated in five cabins.
Powered by two MTU 1,340 hp engines, Maia will reach a respectable top speed of 15 knots, with a range of 3,800 nm at its cruising speed of 12 knots.