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Heesen’s new 50m superyacht Project Nova


Dutch shipbuilder’s Heesen has revealed their latest superyacht project. Named Project Nova for now, she features a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) which was first introduced on board the 65 metre Galactica Star. Constructed out of aluminium with a Gross Tonnage under 500 tons, her exemplary characteristic is her high fuel efficiency, using just 45m3 of fuel for a transatlantic distance of 3,750 nm at 12 knots. Furthermore, fuel consumption at cruising speed is just 125 litres per hour, and at 10 knots, 85 litres per hour.

She features exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, whilst Sinot Yacht Design undertook her interiors. Commenting on her design, Heesen states, “Her exterior lines break with Heesen yachts of the past, but still retain the sense of seaworthiness and performance that has become our trademark. The vertical bow, for instance, is not just a styling exercise: it also serves to reduce the vertical acceleration that causes discomfort for guests on board.”

Twelve guests will be accommodated on board over six spacious cabins. The master suite is situated on the main deck forward and has a bathroom with central bathtub. The remaining cabins are on the lower deck: the forward, full-beam VIP suite has a generous bathroom with bathtub; two twin cabins are located amidships; and the two double cabins aft are both equipped with en suite shower rooms.

Guests have direct access to the lower deck gymnasium through a door at the end of the hallway. This layout solution protects against undue noise and vibration as the gym separates the guest accommodation from the engine room. From the gym, guests can walk straight out onto the main aft deck and take a dip in the sea after a workout. The fixed swim platform offers ample space to relax close to the water and a pantry with wet bar complements this delightful outdoor guest area.

Project Nova’s keel was laid in the presence of the ABS surveyor last February at the Heesen facility in Oss, Germany, and her construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017.

By Gemma Fottles

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