Heesen reveal the 50m superyacht project Nova at MYS

Following our announcement yesterday of the 50 metre hybrid superyacht project Nova currently under construction at Heesen shipyard, the Heesen team have this morning revealed detailed information regarding the vessel on the first day of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Mark Cavendish, Sales and Marketing Director at the brand, presented the project to the industry in one of the first press conferences of the show. Set to be launched in 2017, Nova was developed in partnership with the masterminds at Van Oossanen Naval Architects to successfully employ their efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) into an eye catching and performance styled exterior by Omega Architects. The yacht will be constructed entirely out of aluminium, and is set to deliver unmatched living spaces for a yacht in the sub 500 gross tonnage class.

Cavendish explained that though project Nova features a FDHF, she has not been designed for exceptionally high speeds, but to offer substantially lower fuel consumption through utilising the efficient and easily driven hull form at lower speeds. Powered by twin MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines, at 12 knots, for example, she has a fuel consumption of 98 litres per hour, whilst at 10 knots, this is reduced to 57.5 litres per hour. Cavendish comments, “Coupled with this is a maximum speed of 16.3 knots, which is no slouch for a displacement yacht and demonstrates that we haven’t achieved this performance by installing a pair of outrageously small engines!”

Project Nova also features an innovative hybrid propulsion system, which allows her to cruise at speeds of up to 9 knots using the generators alone, giving her an impressive fuel consumption of just 45 litres per hour. Furthermore, the hybrid propulsion system will also ensure low noise levels in many areas of the yacht.

Cavendish went on to explain the brief given to Frank Laupman at Omega Architects when designing the vessel. He says, “The brief to Frank was to create a modern, innovative yacht with striking lines and most importantly, lots of glass. We wanted to build a yacht closer to a beach villa in style with a more intimate connection with the sea and the nature around you. I think you will agree we have achieved this with her fantastic panoramic glass walls on the main deck and upper deck.”

Inside, this beach villa look is continued, with Sinot Design incorporating the use of natural fabrics and materials and emphasising the vast amount of natural light flooding into the interior. She accommodates guests over six staterooms including a full beam VIP stateroom on the lower deck in addition to a traditional Owner’s suite on the main deck. Amongst her many notable features on board, she will also feature a dedicated gym and separate hammam.

Heesen will be present at the Monaco Yacht Show until the show’s end on the 26th September.

By Gemma Fottles



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