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Closer look at Heesen’s project Nina

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Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts used the opening day of the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to unveil their latest project, the 38 metre Nina. The yard worked together with Italian design studio Hot Lab to create a modern and fresh rendition based on their trusted and proven semi-displacement hull form.

From above, the space on the dual-level upper deck is clearly visible. The aft section is slightly lower than the forward flybridge area which is covered by a low-profile and sleek hard top bimini. This area further offers an informal open-air dining area with grill and bar area. The deck and its amenities can be accessed either by use of a collapsible staircase leading up from main deck aft, or internally through the bridge.

Apart from the main tender storage space found on the upper deck, the aft beach club offers further stowing of smaller watersports equipment such as water scooters and inflatable toys. This also serves as a platform where guests can relax by the waterside without ever being too far away from the luxuries inside on main deck above.

The main saloon is served by full height windows on either side with two large sliding doors opening up to the aft deck outside. The area is to be kept minimalistic in design with tasteful furniture used as decorating pieces themselves. Fine materials have been sourced by Hot Lab to further enhance the level of luxury on board, without creating an overly lavish environment. A large and bright dining area offers an elegant area where family and friends can be served in style during dining occasions.

The owner’s stateroom is located forward on the main deck where Hot Lab has made the most of the vessel’s beam and deckhead height found in this area on the vessel. A mini apartment feel is created by the use of large continuous windows on either side, large walk-in wardrobe and separate study area. A generous en suite bathroom forms part of the suite.

Below deck a further 8 guests are accommodated in two double and two twin guest cabins, served by a central lobby and staircase leading up to the main lobby above. All cabins are en suite and will feel extra spacious thanks to Nina’s beam of nearly 8 metres.

Powered by two MTU 2000 M96L engines developing 1,939kW each, Nina will achieve a maximum speed of 23 knots. Humphree active interceptors will be installed on the yacht to provide a smooth and comfortable cruise even in choppy conditions.

By Charl van Rooy

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