A ‘seasoned’ American superyacht owner has bought Heesen Yacht’s 55m (181ft) Project Antares fast displacement motoryacht project.

Heesen said in a statement: “The client, a seasoned American superyacht owner, was introduced to the shipyard by Thom Conboy of Heesen Yachts USA. This is the second contract Thom Conboy has facilitated in 2017, and the third since he was appointed as US representative of this Dutch shipyard.”

Project Antares optimises space, speed, and fuel efficiency in a design package of approximately 740GT thanks to her fast displacement hull. Her muscular exterior lines are by Omega Architects, who have created a design that is proving to be very successful. The perfect balance of indoor and outdoor space offers the owner and his guests plenty of entertainment space for every occasion, including a 55sqm beach club.

Thanks to the progressive hull design devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects, Project Antares offers a maximum speed of 16 knots and an efficient fuel consumption coupled with a range of 4,500nm at 13 knots. Project Antares will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea prior to the delivery to her new owners in November 2018.

The distinctive interior design by Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski makes use of precious Travertino and Calacatta marbles and Alpilignum teak. He commented: “The style we have created in collaboration with Margherita Casprini for this new Heesen 55m couples the aesthetics of the most contemporary Italian design with the ingenious engineering typical of this Dutch shipyard, with whom we have been collaborating with great satisfaction for the past few years.”

Project Antares’ luxurious interiors are being crafted by the fine carpenters of Heesen Yachts Interiors. Heesen is one of the few shipyards in the world that does not have to outsource fine carpentry as it has its own interior building company, with 80 highly specialised carpenters.