Heesen has unveiled the semi-displacement Project Nina, a 38-metre concept that boasts a raised pilothouse form and a shallow draught – characteristics that will appeal to US owners.
The all-aluminium yacht is based on Heesen’s proven semi-displacement hull form, and boasts exterior styling by Hot-Lab that gives the yacht a sportier look than more traditional examples of the raised pilothouse form. “With a beam under 7ft (2.10 metres), and a good turn of speed at 23 knots, that yacht will be ideal for island cruising in the Bahamas and Caribbean, perhaps with a young family who enjoy lots of outdoor watersports,” says Mark Cavendish, Heesen’s director of sales and marketing.
Heesen’s Project Nina accommodates ten guests in five staterooms, with a main-deck master and four guest cabins on the lower deck. Aft, she has a fixed swimming platform with a pantograph door leading to a watersports storage area. The tender lives on the sundeck, creating a great party space once deployed. A bimini can be deployed to shade the sundeck.
Production of Project Nina is scheduled to start in 2016 with delivery in 2018. Earlier this year, Heesen opened a dedicated office in Fort Lauderdale, while Thom Conboy was appointed director of sales for North America.