Solemates: Heesen delivers YN 19055 Project Castor

Solemates is the first to feature an all-new layout to accentuate her impressive interior volume of approximately 760GT. The latest in Heesen’s 55-metre Steel class, the second Heesen superyacht to be delivered since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Six staterooms on three decks accommodate up to 12 guests. The master suite spans 82 square meters and includes a study, a full-width bedroom, separate his-and-hers walk-in wardrobes, and a bathroom with both shower and bathtub. Floor to ceiling windows flood the space with natural light and offer spectacular sea views.

A secluded VIP suite can be found upon the bridge deck, while the remaining four guest staterooms are on the lower deck – two of them with rail-mounted beds allowing quick conversion from doubles to singles. A spacious beach club and wellness area in the stern opens onto a fixed swimming platform, offering the guests easy access to the sea. The yacht’s tenders are stowed forward.

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Solemates’ owner hired a stylist to personalize the interiors designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, with a bespoke selection of new veneers and fabrics to reflect the taste and lifestyle of the client. The muscular exterior lines of the 55-metre Steel class were penned by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Solemates’ medium-grey colour scheme highlights the elegance of the profile and givesthe yachther own unique personality.

Each individual deck area offers a different way to enjoy the outdoor life. The sundeck has a Jacuzzi, sun pads, a comfortable conversation area and a bar. Additional lounge chairs face aft. The aft terrace on the bridge deck is dedicated to alfresco dining, while the seating in front of the bridge offers a perfect spot to enjoy the view while under way. The main deck aft makes an ideal reception area, with built-in settees, coffee tables and armchairs.

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Solemates sports the ultra-efficient ‘fast displacement hull form’, devised by Dutch hydrodynamicists van Oossanen and further developed by Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineers. With this low-drag hull and two relatively modest MTU engines of just 1000 kW each, yachts in Heesen’s 55-metre Steel class are among the most efficient of their size in the world.

On her two-day pre-delivery sea trial, Solemates exceeded her contract speed and range. A sister ship, YN 19255 Project Pollux, is currently nearing completion and available for sale, with delivery in Fall this year.


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