Commercial success at Heesen: Project Pollux is sold

Dutch yard Heesen has announced the sale of YN 19255, Project Pollux.

It is the second in the newly restyled 55-metre (180-foot) range, which offers spacious accommodation for 12 guests across six staterooms. Pollux is the tenth Heesen interior penned by British studio, Bannenberg & Rowell.

The project commenced on speculation and Bannenberg & Rowell were given free rein, resulting in a calm and sophisticated look.

Guests are welcomed into the main saloon through powered glass sliding doors. This elegant space is finished in contrasting timbers - eucalyptus, pale eucalyptus and dark stained eucalyptus. A chic chevron floor serves as the perfect complement. Full height joinery elements include bookcases on the port side with storage below, and an integral bar unit on the starboard side.

lounge area
© Dick Holthuis

The lounge area offers guests far-reaching views of the outdoors through floor-to-ceiling windows and open bulwarks. Adjacent to the seating area, the formal dining room seats up to 12 guests. Additional full height windows flood this space with natural light. Walking forward past the entrance lobby, the owner’s suite occupies a generous 86 square metres (26 square feet). This vast space offers a secluded haven for the owners to work, relax and rest away from guests. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto the sea and surrounding nature.

lounge area
© Dick Holthuis

Access to the lower and upper decks is via a sculptural staircase with leather treads that spiral upwards, guiding guests from one deck to the next.

The sky lounge, designed as a versatile space, comprises a freestanding bar ideal for enjoying the view out the large panoramic windows. The VIP cabin is found on the starboard side.

© Dick Holthuis

Ample outdoor spaces offer guests the ideal setting in which to enjoy life at sea. The sundeck is complete with a bar, dining area and large Jacuzzi. With tender and toys stored on the fore deck, another notable space is found on the lower deck aft – the beach club with steam room and sauna, ideal for relaxing and with easy access to the water via the fixed swim platform.

Project Pollux’s imaginative interior design, crafted by Heesen’s in-house team of cabinetmakers, is wrapped in a muscular exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The bold lines of the 55m embody the evolution of the shipyard’s DNA. Heesen’s traditional sportiness is now combined with masculine lines typical of long-range blue water motor yachts recognisable from afar.

Her steel hull is an iteration of the uber-efficient FDHF devised by Dutch hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen and engineered by Heesen’s in-house team of naval architects. Two MTU 8V 4000 M63 (IMO Tier III) will propel Pollux to a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. At a cruising speed of 13 knots, she will have a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles.

Project Pollux is currently undergoing intensive sea trials in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners by the end of January 2021.

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