First Look: Heesen’s Project Nova

Renderings, images and video of the 163-foot aluminum superyacht build.

Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Project Nova
A rendering of Project Nova by Heesen Yachts.Courtesy Heesen Yachts

Heesen Yachts just released these exterior renderings of Project Nova, a 163-foot, all-aluminum build that is the Dutch builder’s latest fast-displacement design.

According to Heesen, the yacht’s twin 600 kW MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines provide a maximum speed of 16.3 knots and an eco-cruising speed of 10 knots—at which the superyacht sips just 15 gallons of fuel per hour.

By comparison, Heesen says, an average yacht of this size needs 1,100 kW engines to produce similar top speeds and, even at a 12-knot cruising speed, requires 30 percent more fuel.

Stay tuned for more details on Project Nova at www.heesenyachts.com.

UPDATE

Heesen has just released a time-lapse video and images of the build in progress:

The exposed bow of the Project Nova shows each aluminum piece combined to make the 163-foot superyacht.Dick Holthius
The all-aluminum yacht emerges from it's holding structure like a knight in a suit of armor emerging for battle.Dick Holthius
The bow hangs over the waters at the Heesen facility in Oss, Netherlands.Dick Holthius
Project Nova after combining the displacement hull and the superstructure.Dick Holthius
Quiet cruising and hybrid propulsion are focal points of this Heesen build.Dick Holthius
Project Nova is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2017 after thorough sea trials.Dick Holthius
The 163-foot all-aluminum Heesen build is currently available for purchase.Dick Holthius