Project Nova: Hull and superstructure joined together


Heesen Yachts have now the hull and superstructure together of YN 17850 Project Nova.

Project Nova is the world’s first Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) equipped with hybrid propulsion.

Heesen has been the first shipyard to apply the FDHF to superyachts, starting with the revolutionary 65m Galactica Star, and continued with 42m Alive, 55m Azamanta, and 50m Sibelle.

Project Nova, unlike Galactica Star, is not designed for exceptionally high speeds. Instead, the ultra-efficient hull form provides the lower speeds typically associated with traditional displacement hulls, but with vastly lower fuel consumption.

The result is unique: a high-performance, supremely comfortable displacement yacht with reduced environmental impact.

At 12 knots Project Nova will have a fuel consumption of 98 litres per hour (excluding generators). Her cruising range of 3,750nm at 12 knots will be achieved with a fuel capacity of just 45,000 litres.

Project Nova’s top speed of 16.3 knots will be achieved thanks to two MTU 12V 2000 M61 diesel engines of 600 kW each, which are smaller than those typically installed on a yacht of this size.

Moreover, the hybrid set-up provides significant noise reduction, as one can appreciate from the comparison table below.

On longer passages and across a wide range of speeds up to 15.7 knots, the shaft motors can be used as generators to provide the hotel loads, meaning the generators can be switched off with a consequent saving in fuel.

Twelve guests will be accommodated in six staterooms.

Project Nova is available for purchase and is scheduled to be delivered in Spring 2017 after sea trials in the North Sea.

Name: Project Nova 

Builder: Heesen Yachts
Length: 49.8m / 163′ 4″

Exterior: Omega Architects
Interior: Sinot Yacht Design
Naval Architect: van Oossanen Naval Architects / Heesen Yachts
Classification: ABS, A1 Commercial Yachting Service, AMS, LY3

Guests: 12
Beam (max): 9.1m / 29′ 10″
Draught: 2.15m / 7′ 1″
Max speed (half load): 16.5 knots
Range: 3,750 nautical miles @ 12 knots
Propulsion: 2× MTU 12V 2000 M61
Hull: aluminium
Superstructure: aluminium