UPDATE, OCTOBER 9, 2020: Heesen has sold Project Pollux, which has been available for sale, and has her planned for delivery in January 2021.
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In mythology, Pollux and his twin brother Castor bore renowned athleticism, plus came to the aid of sailors at sea. Similarly, as the newest Heesen 55M Steel, Project Pollux shows off a strong stance, and will come to the rescue of those in search of rest and relaxation.
Project Pollux celebrated her formal launch last month. It comes 16 months after her hull and superstructure joined together. Since she started on spec, Heesen chose Bannenberg & Rowell to create an interior layout and mood complementing her 760-gross-ton volume. Specifically, the shipyard believed buyers would appreciate an overall calming, comfortable ambiance, with some bold accents. The studio, having worked with the shipyard on several projects like Galactica Star (now Illusion), rose to the occasion.
For instance, a bar in Project Pollux’s main saloon shows off some complex woodworking details, including radiused panels. The primary woods onboard are rich-stained eucalyptus and pale sycamore. Other geometric shapes appear throughout the megayacht, too, from the bridge-deck VIP to the four guest suites below decks. (The master suite is forward on the main deck, naturally.) These include parquet soles. Dickie Bannenberg, co-founder of the design studio, says, “We’ve tested the Heesen joinery team with plenty of curves and details, and they have done a beautiful job.”
Since Project Pollux can accommodate families as much as just grown-ups, additional areas onboard stand out. For example, you have 1,076 square feet (100 square meters) of leisure area fore to aft on the sundeck. Enjoy lunches, cocktails, sunning, and soaking in a huge hot tub up here. Closer to the water, the beach club can be your daytime lounge and watersports VIP seating area. All the toys stow on the foredeck.
Sea trials set for early to mid-October should confirm a cruising speed of 13 knots and a top end of 15½ knots. Further with MTU power, she should see a 4,500-nautical-mile range at cruise.
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