Project Nova, the 163-foot Heesen hybrid yacht has just completed five days of extensive sea trials in the North Sea. Aptly named Hope, the yacht is on its way to owners in the Mediterranean.
Home is the first Heesen hybrid. It has a strong Omega-designed exterior, which boasts an almost hawk-like, vertical bow that serves as the entry for a long, lean profile. Other features worth mentioning include Home’s hybrid electric-diesel propulsion mated to Heesen’s advanced hull shape.
Heesen has made a name for itself with its Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), which is designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. It was first used on the 213-foot Galactica Star as well as three other steel-hulled Heesens since.
Home is powered by twin 804 hp MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines. Although small for a yacht this size, they are able to produce impressive top end of 16.3 knots during its sea trials. Top speed increased to 18.5 knots when the MTUs were supplemented with the yacht’s two 170 hp DC electric engines.
At a cruising speed of 16 knots the yacht only consumes about 71 gallons per hour. At 12 knots, fuel consumption drops to 26 gph. When it only uses the electric motors Home achieves the respectable speed of 10 knots at 12 gph.
The yacht is defined by its modern aesthetics, inside and out, which are as impressive as its technological breakthroughs. Its striking exterior was created by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Vertical bows and high bulwarks complement the open bow to the floor-to-ceiling windows amidships, and the fixed swim platform at the stern. The interior has a sophisticated linear design in a two-tone palette. Bright colours are combined with abundant natural light for a warm, relaxed feel across the cabin. Home will make its public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.