The 760-gross-ton Project Castor floated on her lines for the first time late last week. Her launch marked an important moment, made all the more significant because of the pandemic. Heesen launched her on time, additionally anticipating an on-time delivery.
Also known as YN 19055, the 180-footer is part of the 55-meter Steel FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form) series. To ensure construction could continue while simultaneously protecting the health of work crews, Heesen changed course. It reduced on-site employees at any given time by 50 percent, additionally splitting them into two separate shifts. This remained in compliance with the Dutch government’s guidelines.
Therefore, the owners still intend to take delivery in August. Project Castor should put plenty of destinations at his disposal, thanks to a 4,500-nautical-mile range at 13 knots. The MTU power package further should operate more efficiently than it would on a traditional displacement hull due to the FDHF. The combination is proven on three similar deliveries to date, too, such as Vida.
For the interior, the owners of Project Castor have six staterooms, including a traditional main-deck master suite. The VIP sits on the upper deck, however, a switch from the prior deliveries in the series. But, the remaining four guest staterooms are all below decks. The Bannenberg & Rowell studio was attached to the megayacht prior to the owners stepping in and buying her about a year ago. So far Heesen has not indicated whether the owners decided to change the suggested decor. However, it seemed to appeal to them, prioritizing neutrals like smoked oak for the soles (in a chevron pattern, too) and dusky-gray marble throughout the leisure areas.
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