Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has confirmed that Project Nova has been sold. At 50m, the superyacht is being built with the Heesen fast displacement hull configuration. The client, who Heesen says is a “yacht connoisseur”, was introduced to the shipyard by Thom Conboy of Heesen Yachts USA.
Project Nova first made her way onto the orderbook in 2014 and is a good example of Heesen’s approach to yachting: a high performance, comfortable, reduced environmental impact vessel, with an elegant design package with exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and interior styling by Sinot Yacht Design.
Project Nova’s exterior design is a break from Heesen’s customary design traits, so much so that she is almost unrecognisable as a Heesen superyacht. Nevertheless, the result is truly spectacular. The design brief presented to Omega Architects was to liken the project to a beach villa with lots of glass.
Heesen has also introduced a hybrid propulsion system, which results in virtually silent cruising, by adding two water-cooled CD electric shaft motors of 127kW each. Project Nova can cruise up to nine knots using generators alone with the engines turned off. Furthermore, the superyacht's efficiency also significantly reduces fuel expenditure; at 12 knots, she will consume 98 litres per hour, excluding the generators, and at 10 knots, this again reduces to 57.5 litres.
The 50m superyacht is now one of seven yachts under construction at Heesen. There is currently a combined LOA of 352.8m under construction at the Dutch shipyard.
Project Nova is scheduled for delivery in summer 2017.