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Heesen reveals 55m Steel Class superyacht Project Apollo

26 August 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

Construction is underway on Heesen’s 55 metre Steel Class superyacht Project Apollo, the first of its series to sport a revised design.

The keel has now been laid at at Heesen’s Oss facility and delivery is scheduled for autumn 2023. The project was originally started on-spec at the shipyard, resulting in a faster delivery time for the prospective owner.

Project Apollo features “muscular” exterior lines penned by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects while the interior design comes courtesy of Luca Dini Design and Architecture.

Key details include a Fast Displacement Hull Form, providing Project Apollo’s steel hull with improved fuel efficiency and stability in all sea conditions.

Elsewhere, the yacht’s spacious six cabin layout includes an owner’s apartment with a French balcony and walk-in wardrobes. The sundeck, which has been extended in comparison to previous 55m Steel Class yachts, features a bar and jacuzzi.

Other alterations to the original design include a modernised central atrium on the main deck, which now features an extra-wide main staircase and an additional companionway from the wheelhouse deck up to the sundeck for crew access.

Speaking about the altered design of Project Apollo, Laupman said: “We took the opportunity to give a slightly more aggressive look to the profile, by using continuous sheets of tinted glass. The horizontal lines stretch the optical length and balance the air draft.

“The result is beautiful: we retained the family look and feel, but gave it an elegant touch.”

Heesen’s chief operating officer Friso Visser added: “We believe in this proven design platform and have worked with Omega and Luca Dini on creating a yacht that meets the refined tastes of clients who appreciate Dutch quality with a shortened delivery time.”

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