Heesen, the Dutch shipyard famous for their timeless aluminium yachts, has introduced two new projects at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, measuring 66m and 83m respectively, signalling their intention to start competing in the megayacht space. We will focus on the 83-metre yacht, christened MAXIMUS. Designed by Clifford Denn, it’s a case of maximus by name, and maximus by nature. This yacht has a hugely flexible platform that offers optimum distribution of both interior and exterior volumes and spaces to achieve a long, low, sleek and narrow vessel. The prospect of a new Heesen flagship has been on the horizon since its Oss headquarters were expanded in 2016 and the yard’s ambitions were dramatically announced in a spectacular laser show, in which it was stated in no uncertain terms: “We will build bigger.” With MAXIMUS, Denn is taking inspiration from his past experiences designing commercial vessels for such brands as Viking Ocean Cruises, where the wheelhouse is located forward and under the passenger decks. This striking yacht puts the owner experience at the fore: central to the design is the 100 per cent use of the private exterior deck for owner and guest, stretching an unprecedented full length of the boat. An almost vertical bow enables an extended waterline length and so allows the crash bulkhead to move forward, gaining interior space and volume. This frees up further exterior space at the stern of the vessel, including an impressive pool area, stunning waterfall features and a large bathing platform. Wide stairs link all external decks, and a cosy covered external lounge/dining area is located just forward of the pool on the main deck. Providing good wind protection for all aft decks and the optimal hydrodynamic performance for which Heesen is renowned, this flexible platform, packed with Heesen signature details, can accommodate up to five guests, with the option to be configured as 2 x VIP and 1 x guest by opening linking doors, in addition to a stunning owner’s suite. Additional luxury features on-board MAXIMUS: its large swimming pool aft of the main deck and a generously proportioned lounge area forward on the bow. Heesen proves its ambitions and readiness to enter the megayacht market: congratulations for introducing such beauties as MAXIMUS onto the market, and we look forward to seeing her cruising!
Text & Pictures: copyrights Heesen / Clifford Denn