Heesen launches 'world first' superyacht

Wed Apr 19 2017, 15:33 PM
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Heesen Yachts has launched 17850 which it claims is the world's first Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) with hybrid propulsion

Heesen Yachts has launched 17850 (aka Project Nova) which it claims is the world's first Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) with hybrid propulsion. The owner christened his new yacht Home during a ceremony at Heesen's facility in Oss, the Netherlands.

Home is not only an ultra-efficient, low fuel-burning yacht but also one of the quietest on the oceans, offering what Heesen describes as 'Silent cruise'. Thanks to two water cooled DC electric shaft motors, each 127 kW, she will cruise at 9 knots using the generators alone, allowing the crew to leave harbour noiselessly.

Home is a 50m aluminium motoryacht below the 500GT threshold with exterior design by Omega Architects. Thanks to her shallow draft of 2.15 metres, she is the ideal yacht for the clear waters of the Bahamas. 

The owner, a yacht enthusiast, appointed Cristiano Gatto Design to create an interior style that matches his lifestyle.

Following her launch, Home will remain in the harbour in Oss to commence commissioning of her systems, and will then move to Rotterdam where she will undergo her sea trials and official tests before delivery to her owners in June.