Heesen's 55m Project Castor delivered and named Solemates

Written by Laura Nicholls

The latest in Heesen’s 55-metre steel class, yacht Solemates, has been delivered to her owner. Previously known as Project Castor, the new superyacht is now available to charter after exceeding all her contractual expectations during her recent sea trials.Solemates yacht on sea trials Photo: Dick HolthuisSolemates yacht on sea trials Photo: Dick HolthuisOmega Architects were brought in to put together the 760 GT yacht’s exterior and grey colour scheme, whereas Bannenberg & Rowell designed the interiors. Across her three decks, Solemates has accommodation for up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including an 82-square-metre owner’s suite that comes with a study, en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobes.Solemates yacht on sea trials Photo: Dick HolthuisWith the VIP suite found up on the bridge deck, the remaining four guest staterooms are on the lower deck. From here, guests have access to the large beach club and wellness area which opens out onto a fixed swimming platform. Guests can also enjoy the sundeck with its Jacuzzi, sun pads and bar, or move to the aft terrace on the bridge deck to dine alfresco.Solemates yacht on sea trials Photo: Dick HolthuisThe ultra-efficient fast-displacement hull devised by Dutch firm Van Oossanen alongside Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineers is powered by twin MTU engines of 1000 kW each, resulting in Solemates being one of the most efficient yachts of their size. During her two-day sea trial, she exceeded her contract speed and range reaching a top speed of 15.5 knots and 4,500 nm when cruising at 13 knots.Solemates yacht on sea trials Photo: Dick HolthuisSolemates is set to cruise the Mediterranean with charter agents Luxury Yacht Group, who also worked as project managers during construction. The sister ship and yacht for sale, Project Pollux, is due to be completed before the end of 2020.



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