Galactica Super Nova is Launched

The 229-foot Heesen — which can top 30 knots — is the builder’s largest yacht yet.

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Galactica Super Nova
Galactica Super Nova is to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show.Courtesy Heesen Yachts

Heesen Yachts in The Netherlands has launched the 229-foot Galactica Super Nova, which previously was known as Project Kometa. She is the largest yacht Heesen has constructed to date and one of the fastest in her size range, with a top end that surpasses 30 knots.

Galactica Super Nova is built with the Fast Displacement Hull Form by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Her main engines are a pair of MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesels, and she has a third engine that powers a booster jet. With the twin MTUs, her top speed is 25.3 knots. With the booster jet engaged, the yacht blasts past 30 knots, according to Heesen.

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Heesen's Galactica Super Nova during sea trials.Dick Holthuis
Heesen, Galactica Super Nova
Galactica Super Nova's exterior was designed by naval architect Espen Øino.Dick Holthuis

Espen Øino handled exterior design, and Galactica Super Nova's interior is by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Tenders and toys (including a Quadski) are housed forward, where there is also a helipad that serves double duty as an outdoor cinema. Aft are a beach club at water level and a 3,566-gallon pool on the main deck, with jets for use as a spa or for contraflow swimming.

Accommodations are for 12 guests in six staterooms, including a main-deck master and a VIP on the bridge deck. The décor mixes a range of leathers, such as galuchat and calfskin, with natural stone such as calacatta luccicoso and onyx. A crystal elevator amidships is surrounded by sculptural elements of steel, nickel, chrome, wood and leather.

Where you can see Galactica Super Nova: She's expected to be in the Mediterranean for summer 2016, with her public debut scheduled for the Monaco Yacht Show this autumn.

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The 230-foot superycaht can hit a top speed of 30 knots.Dick Holthuis
Heesen, Galactica Super Nova
Galactica Super Nova was built and delivered in a little less than three and a half years.Dick Holthuis
Project Kometa from scratch

How to create a superyacht video? “The making of” is our latest video about project Kometa, our 70 metre fast displacement due in 2016. We created a time lapse to celebrate the Heesen craftsmanship.

Posted by Heesen Yachts on Friday, January 16, 2015