Published: Friday, 27 April 2018

Heesen has launched its YN 18350, the Project Maia that was christened Omaha at the shipyard in Oss.

Heesen Launches 50m Project Maia Now Christened Omaha 1 

(Photo: Heesen Yachts - the Omaha)

At 50m, Omaha is the first in the new 50m steel class. Heesen introduced this new model to the market in March 2016 in the presence of a selected group of brokers and international press, following the successful joining of Omaha’s hull and superstructure.

The project was then sold in December 2017 by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, in close collaboration with Thom Conboy from Heesen USA.

The 50m model is a new design pitched just below the 500GT threshold. It replaces the award-winning 47m steel class, which had no less than 13 sister ships built and launched since 2001.

Clifford Denn was responsible for the exterior, taking inspiration from classic car design such as the ‘Fiskers Whiskers’ grille of the aft fashion plates and the navigation lights.

The wheelhouse is protected from elements with forward slanted windows that give the yacht a muscular appearance. Incorporating a large roof overhang, it also has the added benefit of extending the length of the sun deck above.

The owners worked closely with Reymond Langton and Heesen’s in-house engineers to tailor Omaha’s interior design to suit their family lifestyle. Features include the light-bleached oak and stained walnut, with a combination of clean lines and textured materials.

The traditional full-displacement steel hull ensures stability. Powered by twin MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, the yacht is expected to reach a top speed of 15 knots, with a cruising range of 3,800nm at 12 knots. These figures will be confirmed during the sea trials due to take place on the North Sea in the upcoming weeks.

Omaha will be delivered to her new owners at the end of June. A sister ship is currently under construction under the project name Triton (YN 18850) and is available for delivery in 2020.