Last month Heesen launched Project Pollux – YN 19255 – at its facility in Oss. This is the second in the newly restyled 55-metre Steel class that features a new layout to emphasize her vast interior volume of approximately 760GT.
12 guests can be accommodated in six staterooms, with the 82 sqm owner’s apartment on the main deck forward and the VIP on the bridge deck. The four spacious and luxurious guest suites are located on the lower deck.
The sophisticated interior design is by London based Bannenberg & Rowell, a studio that has penned several interior designs for Heesen, including those of the multi-award-winning Galactica Star (now Illusion) and the 47-metre Lady Petra (now Odyssea), built for the founder of the shipyard.
For Project Pollux, the British studio worked to the shipyard’s brief, which called for style that combines bold solutions with a casual appeal. Dark eucalyptus and pale sycamore joinery, with chevron parquet flooring in the main saloon, create the perfect background for the eye-catching bar installation, incorporated into the joinery on the starboard side, as well as the softly radiused panelling. Geometric shapes, natural tones, and tactile finishes used throughout the interiors make Project Pollux a yacht with strong character and wide appeal.
“It’s always an exciting milestone in the build process when launch marks the final few months of work – comments Dickie Bannenberg – We’ve tested the Heesen joinery team with plenty of curves and details and they have done a beautiful job. We are greatly looking forward to seeing her finished.”
The layout of Project Pollux has been carefully considered. Thanks to the tenders and toys conveniently stored on the foredeck for easy operation and access, the space in the transom has been dedicated to the beach club. Large outdoor areas will allow guests to make the best out of their time onboard. The vast sundeck, of no less than 100 square metres, is equipped with full dining facilities, a generous bar, and a supersize hot tub.
Powered by two MTU Tier III compliant diesel engines and, thanks to her slippery Fast Displacement hull, she will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a remarkable range of 4,500 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 13 knots. This outstanding performance makes project Pollux one of the most efficient yachts in her class.
Project Pollux will leave the shipyard to undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea during the first few weeks of October.