Superyacht of the week, Heesen's 40 metre Galatea

The 40 metre superyacht Galatea was launched by the renowned Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, in January of 2014 and is the very first of her kind. Designed as part of the shipyardโ€™s 4000 series Sportster, she boasts advanced aluminium hull technology and is an evolution of the successful Heesen 3700 series, of which ten have already been built. She boasts interior and exterior designs by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, whilst her naval architecture is by Heesen in co-operation with Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Inside, she has an exceptional interior volume thanks to her 8 metre beam. A modern, elegant interior design that makes for idea ocean living is present throughout all areas, with a selection of fine woods being incorporated, including Macassar ebony, stained sycamore and dark walnut. The rich woods work to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere perfect for relaxation with friends and family or entertaining in style on board.

She accommodates up to ten guests over five luxurious cabins, consisting of an opulent master stateroom with a private study area, two double VIP rooms and two twin cabins, one of which comes with an additional Pullman berth to accommodate one more guest if necessary.

All of the accommodation feature en suite marble bathrooms, which in themselves are no exception to the elegance of the interior design evident in all other areas of the yacht. Their timeless luxury is provided thanks to Giallo D'Istria, Mistic Brown and Bianco Raffaello marbles.

Elsewhere inside, the commodious 10 metre long saloon includes a large square lounge and a dining area adjacent to full-height glazed doors. This lounge follows the same elegant, sophisticated design as her accommodation, and is filled with comfortable seating such as large, light brown leather sofas and sumptuous cream armchairs.

Flooding the area with natural light, large windows surround this area, whilst the doors in the dining area also offer guests the option to dine inside while enjoying fresh air and fantastic panoramic views when the doors are opened.

Her outside deck space is equally as impressive as her voluminous living areas, and she comes in an open flybridge layout. Galatea boasts a total of three separate outdoor spaces totalling 85 square meters in total, and are the ideal settings for entertaining, sunbathing, relaxing and fully enjoying the best of the outdoors. The first of these areas is the impressive sun deck, which can either be open, but also comes with the option for a hard top sun deck with roof and glass side doors. The massive foredeck sun pad is the perfect way to wile away the day, whilst the shaded aft deck dining terrace provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy the very best of al fresco dining. Bespoke teak furniture, including a built-in teppanyaki grill, completes this upper deck area.

Despite her luxurious interiors including marble bathrooms, one of Galateaโ€™s most exciting characteristics is her speed. She is currently the fastest Dutch built sportster. Powered by twin 3,800 HP MTU diesel engines, she boasts a top speed of over 28 knots whilst at 12 knots she has a range of 2,200 nm. When undertaking her sea trials in Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands in March of this year, she actually achieved the impressive speed of 29.7 knots: 2.2 knots above the contractual speed.

Performance and comfort go hand in hand on Galatea, with high-end technical engineering matched with floating floors that minimise sound and vibration, offering unparalleled silence for a yacht with such impressive performance characteristics. In addition, Seakeeper 28,000 Gyroscopes ensure at-anchor stabilisation, ensuring the most comfortable all round onboard experience for guests.

She is currently for sale with Campers & Nicholsons, listed at a price of โ‚ฌ19,500,000. She comes with a choice of classification, either private cruising or MCA and is still under shipyard warranty. In addition to the wealth of elegant facilities and amenities already on board, Galatea has a host of optional extras that are not included in her sale, including the option of a large Jacuzzi. She also comes with Heesen track launch system in the tender garage and underwater lights.

By Gemma Fottles
Photos by Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media and by Emilio Bianchi

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