Heesen assembles all-star cast for 42m Project Cayman
2016-11-11By Chris Jefferies

Dutch yard Heesen Yachts has released plans for a 42 metre superyacht called Project Cayman, which features an all-star cast of designers, including the yard's first interior design collaboration with Italian studio Hot Lab.

Long-term Heesen partner Omega Architects created the muscular exterior styling for Project Cayman, while the fast displacement hull form is courtesy of Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Project Cayman has been designed to hit a top speed of 22.5 knots

Heesen explains that the full-size superyacht beach club, complete with cocktail bar and large swim platform, is unique among yachts in this class. This has been achieved by moving the tenders and toys to the foredeck to free up more room to relax at water level.

The skylounge on the bridge deck features a superyacht spa pool and plentiful seating, creating the perfect setting for al fresco dining with 360-degree views out to sea.

Sliding glass doors provide access from the aft deck to the main saloon, which features two distinct zones: a relaxed lounge area and a more formal dining area, with seating for ten around an octagonal table.

Accommodation is for ten guests, split between an owner’s suite, two doubles and two twin cabins. Situated on the main deck, the owner’s cabin spreads across Project Cayman’s full 8.8 metre beam and features its own private superyacht office and tactile floors made from soft hemp textiles.

Hot Lab describes the interior décor as exotic and modern, with rich ochre and turquoise highlights, inspired by the sand and waters of the Bahamas. This theme is continued in the en suites, with tropical-style open bathrooms featuring free-standing totem washbasins to create a more spacious feel.

Accessed via the galley, the separate crew quarters are situated in the bow and allow for a staff of up to seven people. Project Cayman features a modest draft of just 2.15 metres, while the total interior volume is just under 400GT.

Signature Heesen touches on Project Cayman include the pelican bow and the all-aluminium construction, which helps to keep the weight down, making a top speed of 22.5 knots possible. Power comes from a pair of 2,600hp MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines, while Naiad zero speed stabilisers will ensure a comfortable night’s sleep at anchor.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 51 metre Heesen 18151, which features bold exterior styling by Eidsgaard Design and is due to hit the water in 2018.

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