The construction of Heesen Yachts‘ YN 19755 Project Gemini is on the way. The latest in the shipyard’s 55m Steel class will be delivered in October 2022 and will be available right in time for the winter season in the Caribbean. Last week the twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO Tier-III diesel engines were installed, while on Saturday, March 20, the shipyard completed the joining of the hull and superstructure.
Project Gemini sports a patented steel Fast Displacement hull, devised by Dutch hydrodynamicists van Oossanen and honed by Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineers. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects drew the clean and uncluttered lines of the yacht while Luca Dini Design and Architecture has created a sophisticated interior.
With frugal fuel consumption throughout its speed range, the Heesen 55-metre Steel class delivers excellent ride comfort both underway and at anchor. By establishing its ideal metacentric height in all load conditions, and fine-tuning the tank layout and fluid distribution, the design’s stability has been calibrated to be neither so tender as to feel unsafe nor so stiff as to feel uncomfortable. The stabilizer fins are also positioned further forward for effective roll damping with minimal impact on helm response. Project Gemini will be capable of a top speed of 15.5 knots, with a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots.
The yacht’s sporty yet purposeful attitude will appeal to the experienced yacht owner. Foredeck tender stowage, served by a crane integrated into the foremast, provides operational efficiency without compromising the yacht’s exterior styling. Such a smart layout solution allows for a spacious beach club in the stern.
There are six suites that can accommodate twelve guests. The master stateroom is set forward and spans the full beam of the yacht, with floor-to-ceiling windows affording panoramic views. On the lower deck are four generously-proportioned guests suites, two twins and two doubles, while there is also a VIP stateroom located up on the bridge deck.