<b>CREDIT:</b> DICK HOLTHUIS / HEESEN YACHTS
HEESEN YACHTS LAUNCHED the first fast displacement yacht with hybrid propulsion at a ceremony at the Dutch shipyard’s facility in Oss, where the owner christened the 50m aluminium motoryacht Home. After moving to Rotterdam for sea trials and tests, Home was scheduled to be delivered to her owner in June.
Omega Architects created the exterior design, while the owner appointed Cristiano Gatto Design of Italy for the interior.
The former Project Nova is the first of Heesen’s new breed of cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient motoryachts. Home will cruise at nine knots using the generators alone due to two water-cooled DC electric shaft motors, each 127 kW.
The two sources of power for propulsion, diesel mechanical and diesel electrical, can be used independently or simultaneously, providing less noise and vibration, more flexible power management and increased efficiency.
The yacht has two MTU 12V 600kW engines, relatively small for her size, yet she has a top speed of 16.3 knots as well as a transatlantic range of 3,750nm at a cruising speed of 12. The yacht benefits from the Fast Displacement Hull Form devised by Van Oossanen and implemented by Heesen’s in-house naval architects, and has a shallow draft of 2.15m.
Standout areas include the sky lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, while Gatto used teak in both the interior and exterior to create flow between the upper lounge and the aft-deck dining area.
The owner’s apartment forward on the main deck also includes a full-beam bedroom with floor-to-ceiling glass, as well as a private study and en-suite.
The lower deck includes two doubles, two twins and a full-beam VIP suite for guests, while the wellness area – with gymnasium and spa – is aft, adjacent to the engine room and with direct access to the main deck aft through an internal staircase.