January 4 saw Project Antares celebrate launch day at Heesen Yachts, to the delight of her owner, who can’t wait to take her to some of the world’s best fishing grounds.
You read that correctly. Even though Project Antares is a cruising megayacht, her owner is an avid angler, in addition to an experienced buyer. To that end, the megayacht will serve as a mothership to the owner’s existing mini armada of sportfishing boats. Of particular interest, Project Antares will be able to refuel two of those boats as they chase big game together.
Sold to this U.S. owner in springtime last year, Project Antares is a Heesen 55m FDHF yacht. That means she features the fast-displacement hull form by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. The shipyard and naval-architecture studio anticipate better-than-average fuel burn throughout the speed range. They also anticipate the yacht seeing a best range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots. (That should put plenty of fish within her reach.)
Displacing 740 gross tons, the yacht also, of course, has abundant areas for the owner, friends, and family to relax. It starts with a 592-square-foot (55-square-meter) beach club. Up to 12 people can stretch out in the sundeck, too, where arches to each side add some stylish drama. Inside, designer Francesco Paszkowski and his frequent collaborator, Margherita Casprini, are adding more drama. It comes in the form of Travertino and Calacatta marbles, for instance. It also comes through the interplay of light and shade, and varying geographic design elements. Project Antares additionally features teak wood, plus reflective surfaces.
Surely, some of those combinations will come in the master suite. It occupies a healthy 861 square feet (80 square meters) forward on the main deck. Friends and family, meanwhile, will get two doubles, two twins, as well as a VIP suite on the lower deck. That VIP suite spans the full beam, too.