Superyacht ‘Project Nova-Hybrid’ promises silent cruising
Dutch builder Heesen Yachts chose Monaco Yacht Show to reveal the latest images and technical details of its innovative superyacht Project Nova.
The company is describing this as an “ultra-silent 49.8 metre superyacht” and it is remarkable for its fast displacement hull and vastly lower fuel consumption. In its marketing material Heesen’s message is that, in a world full of noise, owners of this specially developed hybrid superyacht can enjoy the ultimate luxury – silence!
Heesen’s Mark Cavendish told the boating press that Project Nova should measure only 50 decibels in the owner’s suite with main engines on when underway and at nine knots during hybrid mode, that will drop down to 46 decibels - little more than the sound of soft rainfall.
Build has already started on Project Nova, and delivery of the yacht is scheduled for Spring 2017. The planned construction was first announced in April of this year.
The all-aluminium motor yacht Project Nova introduces a new breed to the builder’s lineup, making use of the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Project Nova is focused on high efficiency
According to Heesen, Project Nova will burn 98 litres per hour at 12 knots and only 57 litres per hour at 10 knots.
She will still have a respectable 16.3 knot max speed with her main engines and reach nine knots with hybrid diesel-electric propulsion.
This superyacht will be powered by relatively small engines for her size – twin 600kW MTU 12V 2000 M6.
With a particular attention to weight control, Nova is predicted to achieve a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles cruising at 12 knots.
Exterior styling comes from Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, who has conceived a vertical bow and striking superstructure.
Project Nova is a “modern, innovative yacht with striking lines and a lot of glass,” explained Laupman. “This is more like a beach villa in style, with nature all around you.”
Interiors are by Sinot Yacht Design. There is accommodation for 12 guests in six staterooms. Guest cabins are separated from the engine room by the lower deck gym, which stifles any noise and vibration.
Video: Discover Project Nova-Hybrid
Images: Heesen Yachts
Article: Alison Clements
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