M/Y Home: Heesen’s first hybrid FDHF superyacht

Written by Charl van Rooy

Heesen Yachts’ 50-metre project Nova was christened last week as motor yacht Home during a ceremony attended by her owner and shipyard staff. Home will undergo her harbour trials following her launch and is then expected to be moved to Rotterdam from where she will be conducting sea trials.

Home’s hybrid credentials come from the two water-cooled DC electric shaft motors that she is fitted with that allows her to cruise at 9 knots using the generators alone. For passages, the captain can opt between two different forms of power: diesel mechanical or diesel electrical. These two systems can also be coupled to and used simultaneously for more flexible power management and increased efficiency. Home will reach 3,750 nm at a speed of 12 knots thanks to her efficient FDHF designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and is expected to max out at 16.3 knots.

The project’s exterior design is the work of Omega Architects who used large panels of glass on the main deck forward to help create a true apartment feel on the inside of this area of the yacht, namely the owner’s suite. Her large fixed swim platform is another feature that sets Home apart from other yachts in this size range and will provide guests with an uninterrupted seaside experience when at anchor.

Cristiano Gatto was selected by the owner to style the interior of Home, who kept the ambience very natural by implementing a minimalist sense of decoration that is complemented by a number of custom furnishing pieces to accentuate the owner’s personal taste.

In addition to the full-beam master suite on main deck, guests are accommodated on five additional guest staterooms on the lower deck to take the maximum guest count to 12 persons. This deck consists of two double, two twin and one full-beam VIP suite.

Photos by Dick Holthuis

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