Heesen 55m Project Antares launched

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Dutch yard Heesen has kicked off the new year by launching the 55 metre Steel class superyacht Project Antares.

The steel and aluminium yacht was launched on January 4 and is the first of five yachts scheduled for launch this year.

It comes after the hull and aluminium superstructure were joined in June 2017 - the same year the yacht was sold to an experienced American yachtsman.

The full displacement yacht features naval architecture by Van Oossanen and exterior styling by long-time yard collaborator Omega Architects, while the interior décor is courtesy of Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.

As these photos show, Project Antares features large vertical windows to allow plenty of light into the master suite. The yard explains that she will act as the mothership to the owner’s fleet of sportfish yachts, carrying extra fuel so that the smaller vessels can be topped up when needed.

The accommodation layout of this 740GT yacht has yet to be disclosed, but Heesen revealed that the owner’s cabin has been extended from the original design to measure 80 metres squared. The lobby and the skylounge have also been identified as key areas for customisation to suit the owner’s lifestyle and tastes.

Paszkowski previously described his relationship with the client as a “good intellectual connection” and added: “We are going to do detailed research into select materials that will add luxury to the interiors. We are confident that the shipyard and their highly talented team from Heesen Yachts Interiors, will be able to – once again – perfectly craft what we have designed.”

The yacht was launched on January 4. All photos courtesy of Dick Holthuis.

The yacht was launched on January 4. All photos courtesy of Dick Holthuis.

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