Heesen Delivers Largest Yacht, the 70m Galactica Super Nova
Published: Friday, 20 May 2016
Heesen Yachts announced the delivery of its largest yacht to date, 70m Galactica Super Nova.
(Photos: Heesen Yachts - Galactica Super Nova)
Sold in December 2013, Galactica Super Nova’s slender aluminium hull was engineered by Heesen’s in-house specialists in collaboration with the renowned Dutch naval architects van Oossanen, who devised the revolutionary hull form.
An extremely thorough pre-design phase, developed during more than 35 years of yacht building experience, resulted in an efficient construction process that allowed the full-custom vessel to be built and delivered in just 41 months.
Galactica Super Nova’s sea trials took place over four days at the end of April and beginning of May in the North Sea, starting with moderate weather conditions with waves of 1.5m that progressively improved to calmer conditions with waves of 0.5m and clear blue skies.
Thanks to her high-performance fast displacement hull form coupled with an innovative propulsion system, the superyacht exceeded her contractual top speed by 0.3 knots to reach an impressive maximum speed of 30.3 knots. She further proved to be quiet and highly manoeuvrable in all sea conditions.
The propulsion system consists of two MTU wing engines with fixed pitch propellers and a third central engine with Rolls Royce booster water jet. The first time such a configuration has been applied to a superyacht, it provides acceleration from 0 to 30 knots in just 75 seconds, making Galactica Super Nova not only one of the 200 largest yachts in the world but also one of the fastest.
Galactica Super Nova is also wrapped in an exterior design by renowned designer and naval architect Espen Øino, who worked on a pre-established technical platform provided by Heesen. The designer was able to develop a profile that embodies Heesen’s DNA, but also introduces new design elements that make the superyacht one of Heesen’s most representative models.
Galactica Super Nova will make her official début at the Monaco Yacht Show next September after a busy summer season in the Mediterranean; here the interiors that Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design has created for the superyacht will also be shown.