Six thousand miles and four weeks after departing Heesen’s yard in Holland, Man of Steel arrived stateside to the delight of her owner and his family. They’re self-described avid boaters, more likely to kick back onboard in comfortable clothing than be part of the see-and-be-seen set in the Med. And their yacht reflects their style, which is another example of how Heesen takes a different approach from some other yards offering series builds. From the stainless steel inlays in the bamboo soles—and the use of bamboo itself—to the satin-finished, aptly named zebrano wood (complete with stripes) on bulkheads, the owners, in collaboration with Omega Architects, truly customized the interior.
It wasn’t just customized for taste; when you realize an eight-year-old and four-year-old are part of the family, the choices take on a more practical sense. Bamboo, for example, is known for its durability, and zebrano has dark tones (helpful for camouflaging marks). The kids are also the reason one of the three guest staterooms is outfitted with two sets of bunk beds; the top bunks can fold down when their little friends aren’t cruising with the family (or perhaps when the parents can convince the kids that their teddy bears don’t need beds to themselves).
The parents didn’t leave their own needs out of the equation, of course. Instead of having four guest staterooms below decks, as other launches in the 3700 Series feature, they opted to turn one of the rooms into a gym for themselves. There are also luxurious touches throughout the yacht, graced with a Zen-like Asian feel. Leather covers the bulkheads in the saloon, and one such panel retracts to reveal a plasma TV. The saloon itself is circular, a nice departure from the typical arrangement aboard megayachts. Up on the flying bridge, there are integrated misters and an electrically retractable awning that shades both forward and aft of the radar arch.
While the owner and his family are continuing to enjoy Man of Steel—“He’s thrilled to bits with it,” Jenkins avers—they’re already looking forward to their next boat, a 164-footer, also being built by Heesen. Given the mettle the 121-footer has shown thus far, it’s logical to conclude that this is the reason the yard got the contract. But according to Jenkins, who’s serving as the project manager, the owner actually signed the contract the day this yacht was launched, to take advantage of an earlier delivery date as compared to waiting a few months to sign a contract and therefore possibly having the delivery end up being in 2008.
No word yet on whether the larger yacht will display the Superman-like emblem that this Man of Steel shows off at her transom. Regardless, don’t pass the news along to the members of the Justice League; next thing you know, Wonder Woman will want to trade in her invisible plane.
Heesen Yachts (954) 522-2300. www.heesenyachts.nl.
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