Heesen has announced the launch of the first 40m ‘sportster’ superyacht, which has been christened Galatea, at the shipyard’s facility in Oss.

The sale of the spec built sportster was announced during 2013’s Monaco Yacht Show and the launch took place on 17 January.

40m aluminium morotyacht Galatea

Built for private use she features an aluminium hull and superstructure and she will be able to reach a top speed of 27.5 knots, with two MTU 16V 4000 M73L at 2,2880kW each. Heesen collaborated with Van Oossanen on the vessel's naval architecture, while Omega Architects designed the exterior and interior. Frank Laupman of Omega architects has created an interior that Heesen say has, “a distinctive personality based on the theme of Dutch expressionism. Contrasting woods, simple clean lines, marquetry and glass detailing create an atmosphere of calm, contemporary elegance".

Galatea's interior features "constrasting woods and simple clean lines".

An open flybridge layout gives a huge 85 sqm of deck space that includes a helm station and a shaded dining area that is protected even underway by glass side panels. Galatea also features a 10m long salon with a square lounge and a dining area aft adjacent to full-height glazed doors. With a full-beam master suite, two full-beam VIP and two twin cabins she can accommodate 10 guests.

Following her sea trials, Galatea is due to be delivered to her owners in March.

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