The first 50M Steel Class from Heesen is en route from The Netherlands for her owners’ maiden voyage. As you might expect, Omaha is spending the summer in the Med with them.
Clifford Denn Design penned the lines for the series, which replaces the 47M Steel series. (On a related side note, the smaller series resulted in 13 deliveries, over more than 10 years.) The 164-foot (50-meter) Omaha blends familiar Heesen styling with sporty looks borrowed from car culture. Notably, the fashion-plate grills flanking the aft main deck resemble the famous Fisker whiskers, a design feature created by auto designer Henrik Fisker.
This overall aesthetic attracted the attention of the owners. Omaha began construction on spec as Project Maia. Project Maia sold last December, giving them enough time to tailor the yacht outside and inside. Outside, you’ll note a gray paint scheme. Inside, Reymond Langton Design interpreted their requests for bleached oak and stained walnut for paneling and other surfaces. Complementary tones of leather and fabrics come into play, too. However, not everything aboard Omaha is neutral, or reserved. In fact, the owners and Reymond Langton Design chose bolder colors for some furnishings as well as artwork. This decor scheme spans the relaxation areas and staterooms, which include a main-deck master and four guest cabins below.
During their maiden voyage, and subsequent cruises, the owners can put a respectable range to good use. Omaha is engineered for a 3,800-nautical-mile range at 12 knots, with MTU diesel engines. Heesen reports that on sea trials, the megayacht edged out her 15-knot contractual speed by 1 knot. Sea conditions for sea trials saw calm to moderate seas.
While Omaha makes the most of her first cruising season, Heesen continues work on a sistership. YN 18850, nicknamed Project Triton, recently began construction. She’ll be ready in early 2020—and is available for sale.