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Heesen Yachts sells 55m Project Antares to American client

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Written by
Charl van Rooy

Heesen Yachts has sold the 55-metre Project Antares that is currently in an early stage of construction to an experienced American superyacht owner. This is the second project that has been secured by Thom Conboy of Heesen Yachts in 2017, and his third since joining Heesen Yachts as US representative.

As a keen sportsfisherman, the owner has requested several custom additions to Antares that would make her more suited to the family’s active and social lifestyle. The yacht is intended to be used as a ‘mothership’ according to Commercial Director, Mark Cavendish and will be capable of supporting a fleet of smaller sportsfisher vessels through onboard supplies and fuel.

Much like a sportsfisher yacht, Antares is designed for efficiency and Van Oossanen Naval Architecture made sure of this by implementing their patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) in the design. Her defined exterior lines are the work of Omega Architects, and all together Antares encompasses an impressive volume of 740 Gross Tonnes.

No stranger to working with Heesen Yachts, Project Antares’ interior is designed by the Italian maestro, Francesco Paszkowski who created a contemporary classic interior. The yacht’s layout is slightly different than her sister Alida, and will offer an even larger master suite on the main deck forward.

“The style we have created in collaboration with Margherita Casprini for this new Heesen 55-metre couples the aesthetics of the most contemporary Italian design with the ingenious engineering typical of this Dutch shipyard, with whom we have been collaborating with great satisfaction for the past few years,” comments Francesco Paszkowski.

Speaking to SuperYacht Times, Commercial Director, Mark Cavendish commented on the market’s upward trend in seeking larger, ready-to-deliver yachts: “I feel the quality of our product and the shipyard’s reputation has much to do with our continued success in the American market. We have noticed that an increasing number of clients are ready to explore the possibility of acquiring a larger yacht that has been started on speculation, and the sale of Antares is just one such example.”

Construction of Antares will continue until well in the third quarter of next year before she is ready to be handed over to her owner in November 2018.

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