OSS – In Mid-May, Heesen Yachts launched Project Castor, at 760 GT the most voluminous 55m steel yacht currently offered by a Northern European shipyard.
The yacht will be delivered in August. It was completed under tough production conditions imposed to combat the corona virus pandemic.
“We managed to introduce the necessary physical distance and were, therefore, able to carry on our work following the Dutch governmental guidelines with as little disruption as possible,” said Heesen Yachts CEO Arthur Brouwer.
“By halving the number of employees working in the shipyard at any one time, by working in two shifts we did not lose productivity and increased flexibility.”
Rupert Connor from Luxury Yacht Group who represented the client said he was impressed. “They (Heesen) adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. They adjusted their working hours to increase social distancing yet retain optimal man-hours on our project.”
Project Castor (Heesen gives boats it builds project names) can accommodate 12 guests in 6 staterooms. The master suite is up front on the main deck. Four guest cabins (2 doubles, 2 twins) are on the lower deck. The yacht will be delivered after North Sea trials
Project Castor is powered by 2 MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesels and has a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nm at a cruising speed of 13 knots. The Van Oossanen Fast Displacement Hull Form provides good seakeeping qualities and frugal fuel consumption.