Eighty-one waypoints, spreading over 2,800 nautical miles, lay ahead of Moskito, the latest delivery from Heesen Yachts. Her captain and her crew of 12 plan to have her cover them all, non-stop, on her shakedown cruise to Malta.
While she started construction as the spec build Project Pollux, this semi-custom Heesen 55M Steel yacht sold last year to her current owner. Bannenberg & Rowell, which Heesen tapped for the initial interior design, was happily surprised that the owner liked “every aspect of our original design,” says Dickie Bannenberg. Of course, the owner had personal ideas, too. Among his requests: asking the designers to add in special artwork and books—of their choice, however. “We don’t always get to remain design control freaks like this!” Bannenberg joyfully notes. The ambience features dark-stained eucalyptus, light-stained sycamore, and chevron-patterned wood soles. It is casually comfortable “whether you’re in shorts and a T-shirt or dressed for dinner,” he adds.
From artists who hopped in their own cars to ensure their works would arrive onboard on time to renowned brands like Minotti, Bannenberg further notes a team effort to ensure COVID-19 didn’t detrimentally impact Moskito. “We’ve really enjoyed the journey from conception to completion,” he concludes.
Whether on owner trips or charters (via the central agency of IYC), Moskito can entertain a party of 12. The 760-gross-ton megayacht has a bridge-deck VIP, four guest staterooms below decks, and an 883-square-foot (82-square-meter) main-deck master suite.
Moskito should remain in the Mediterranean for the summer season, then venture to the Caribbean for the winter.
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