My Petra Premieres at Cannes Show

Heesen My Petra

Today is the first day of the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, otherwise known as the Cannes boat show. Among the yachts making their debut is My Petra, the sixth of Heesen’s 4400 series.

With exterior and interior design by Omega Architects, the 4400 series is among the yard’s most popular offerings. Like the others in the series, My Petra measures 44 meters (144’4″) and is all-aluminum, additionally engineered for speed and respectable range. Twin MTU 16V 4000 M90s push her to a 25-knot top speed; scaled back to 12 knots, she should see about a 3,000-nautical-mile range.

Heesen My Petra saloon

A distinguishing characteristic of the 4400 series is the two-part saloon, and My Petra is no different. There’s a semicircular relaxing/conversation area just inside the aft-deck doors (above), followed by a more traditional-looking seating area forward. The owner’s suite occupies the full beam fully forward, while eight guests are accommodated below decks in two VIPs and two twins.

Alfresco spaces are also emphasized, with dining and seating areas in the customary locations: aft on the main deck, aft of the skylounge, and on the flying bridge, the latter of which also features a Jacuzzi. But there’s also a spot forward on the main deck, a nice idea particularly when in an anchorage or at the dock, as not everyone likes the “see and be seen” atmosphere in some marinas.

If you’ll be at the show, you can see My Petra along Jetée Albert Edouard Sud. Regardless of where you ultimately see her, however, you probably will also see Frans Heesen aboard; the founder of the eponymous yard bought the yacht to enjoy with his wife and family.

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