Heesen Yachts Sells Project Nova

Electrical-hybrid propulsion is designed to run ‘silent’ at speeds up to 9 knots.

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The exterior of Project Nova was designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.Courtesy Heesen Yachts

Heesen Yachts in The Netherlands has sold Project Nova, 163-foot fast-displacement yacht. The client came to the shipyard via broker Thom Conboy at Heesen Yachts USA.

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Sinot Yacht Design was responsible for the interior design on Project Nova.Courtesy Heesen Yachts

The all-aluminum build is intended to have reduced environmental impact thanks in part to her hybrid propulsion system. The yacht will be able to draw on either diesel-mechanical or diesel-electrical power sources at all times. In electrical mode, Heesen says, she will run as silent at 9 knots as she is when at anchor.

Back in January, Heesen reported that the yacht's twin 600 kW MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines would provide a maximum speed of 16.3 knots and an eco-cruising speed of 10 knots—at which the superyacht should sip just 15 gallons of fuel per hour.