Heesen Project Nina Blends Elegant Italian Design with Dutch Technical Know-How

The 125-foot Heesen, with its big internal volume and shallow draft, was designed for the American market…

First presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Heesen’s Project Nina was designed specifically for the U.S. market. The 6-foot, 9-inch draft is ideal for cruising shallow waters like the Bahamas or Florida Keys, while the boat’s 25.5-foot beam and trideck configuration translates into a high-volume interior. The 125-foot aluminum build also gives the owners latitude in configuring certain sections. The rear area can be designed as a beach club/spa, with access to the ocean, or it can be turned into a large garage for a flotilla of water toys.

While Heesen took care of the naval architecture, it teamed up with HotLab Yacht & Design to give Nina a sense of Italian style. The Milan-based studio came up with a traditional-looking, raised-pilothouse yacht with a straight hull, but the subtle curves on the pilothouse deck give it an unusual profile. Nina’s multiple social areas include a lounge area in the bow and an alfresco-dining area near the bar and grill on the upper helm station. The large aft area also becomes a party platform when the 20-foot tender is deployed. The interior stairway to the top deck is also an excellent feature for escaping inclement weather or unobtrusive crew service.

HotLab designed the main saloon to be open and expansive, taking full advantage of the full-height windows that surround it on three sides. The firm has some elegant, contemporary suggestions, but owners can customize the interior with woods and materials of their choice. The main deck also includes a full-beam master suite. Four guest suites are located on the deck below, with separate access for the crew quarters.

The semi-displacement Nina will be powered by two MTU 2000 M96L diesels for a projected top speed of 23 knots. The Dutch yard said it would also incorporate a Humphree Active Trim system that complements onboard stabilizers to minimize roll, both while running and at anchor. With a 299-gross-ton displacement, Nina will be ABS classed. The yacht will enjoy the best of all worlds: Dutch engineering, Italian design, and American owners. (heesenyachts.com)

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