Heesen Yachts has just announced the sale of 50 metre/162 foot Project Maia, rounding off a bumper 2017 for the Dutch shipyard with a total of six high-profile sales. According to Heesen, her new American owner “fell in love with the bold profile of Project Maia and her world-cruising capabilities” after spending nearly a year hunting down the perfect luxury yacht. Boasting a sleek steel hull, twin MTU 8V4000 M63 diesel engines and a range of 3,800 nautical miles at 12 knots, it’s easy to see why this serial yacht owner found his match in this ambitious blue-water cruiser.
As well as her extensive cruising potential, Project Maia exudes classic good looks thanks to Clifford Denn’s handsome exterior design work. Unique features like fisker whiskers on the aft plates and navigation lights evoke iconic automobiles, while curvy, flowing lines soften her lines and add a delicate touch of femininity. Denn also includes masterful practical touches like the functional wheelhouse with a large overhang to protect the captain from the elements and forward slanting windows.
The renowned London-based design studio Reymond Langton was tasked with creating a series of warm, inviting interior spaces which include five comfortable suites which can host up to 10 guests. The highlight is the owner’s roomy master suite which occupies the forward part of the main deck.
Throughout Project Maia’s interior Langton has harmoniously combined contemporary architecture with luxurious materials to create a restful and inspiring ambience. Bleached oak and pale taupe leather are set off by stained walnut and tasteful touches of colour provided by the artworks and furnishings. Carefully-placed LED lighting helps to set off each space’s key design features while retaining a soft, welcoming vibe ideal for enjoying some well-deserved time out with friends and family.
Her new owner is currently working with Heesen and the yacht’s designers to put the final touches to Project Maia’s interior and exterior which will feature an elegant misty gray colour scheme. She will then undergo thorough sea trials in the North Sea before being delivered to her new owner just in time for the summer of 2018.