The latest in Heesen's 55-metre FDHF steel class, Project Castor, has been sold to an experienced American superyacht owner after Rupert Connor from Luxury Yacht Group introduced the client and worked closely with Heesen and Thom Conboy from the shipyard’s US office. Having been built on speculation at Heesen, the Project Castor is due to be delivered during May 2020 after sea trials in the North Sea.Photo: Heesen YachtsAt 760GT, Project Castor is currently the most voluminous 55-metre superyacht from Heesen as part of their commercial strategy to construct yachts on spec in the 50-55 metre range. She is able to accommodate for up to 12 guests across six staterooms designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, including the owner’s 82-square-metre suite located on the main deck forward. Heesen is once again working with the skilled craftsmen at Fitz Interior in the construction of her custom interior.Photo: Heesen YachtsWith a full beam sky lounge for guests to enjoy the bar, cinema area and connecting outdoor areas, the new superyacht has ample features to provide easy access to the ocean. With this in mind, other features include a large fixed swim platform, multifunctional beach club, gym and wellness facilities - all of which are decorated in neutral tones contrasted against accents of colour, smoked oak Chevron parquet flooring and Calacatta and Pietra grey marbles. Photo: Heesen Yachts“We are excited to hear that Project Castor has new and very experienced owners,” says Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell of Bannenberg & Rowell. “The combination of carefully considered interior and exterior spaces, large windows, and a Bannenberg & Rowell interior with sinuous lines and some clever spatial manipulation seem to have proven irresistible to owners with high standards and great familiarity with yachts of this size. We look forward to working with everyone to deliver a great boat.”Photo: Dick Holthuis / HeesenPowered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, she will reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and will boast a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots. Her performance is enhanced by her FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull devised by naval architects Van Oossanen. Photo: Dick Holthuis / HeesenProject Castor’s sister ship, Project Pollux, is in build and available for delivery during autumn 2020.
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