Galactica Super Nova

by Heesen Yachts with Van Oossanen, Espen Øino and Sander Sinot

At her official debut during the Monaco Yacht Show, she was presented bearing the name Galactica Super Nova, but over the course of the 41 months of construction at the shipyard, she was assigned yard number 17470 and was known as Project Kometa. With a length of 70 metres, equivalent to over 229 feet, Galactica Super Nova is currently the largest yacht sculpted entirely in aluminium by Heesen Yachts to date. Not only that, but at present, she is also one of the top 200 largest yachts in the world and one of the fastest yachts for her size. She was also undoubtedly one of the most admired vessels by far among a select international public during the intense four days of the exclusive show in the prestigious, scenic setting of the Principality of Monaco. Galactica Super Nova, serenely regal at her mooring for the show in the placid waters of Port Hercules in Monte Carlo, arrived after an intensive summer season spent cruising the Mediterranean, which began after she had completed a long maiden voyage from the Dutch coast to the coast of Montenegro. However, before delivery to her Owners, she had also spent four days crossing the North Sea for demanding sea trials, starting in moderate weather conditions with waves of 1.5 metres that progressively improved to calmer weather conditions with waves of 0.5 metres and clear blue skies. On completion of the series of strict sea trials, she proved to be very quiet and highly manoeuvrable in all sea conditions, and most importantly, Galactica Super Nova exceeded her contractual top speed by 0.3 knots to reach an impressive maximum speed of 30.3 knots. This was a result that significantly improved upon the result achieved by the multi-award-winning Galactica Star, launched three years previously. This yacht, the previous flagship of the Heesen Yachts fleet, has a length of 65 metres / 213 feet in an all-aluminium build, with a top speed of 28 knots. Compared to Galactica Star, which has a traditional propulsion system using two engines with two fixed-pitch propellers, the new superstar of the Heesen Yachts galaxy instead has an innovative propulsion system consisting of two MTU 20V wing engines with two fixed-pitch propellers and a third MTU 16V central engine with one Rolls-Royce booster water jet. It’s the first time that such a powerful setup has been used in such a large superyacht, and it provides acceleration from 0 speed to 30 knots in just 75 seconds! However, these extremely high performance values for Galactica Super Nova are not just due to the propulsion system. In fact, most of the credit should probably be given to the FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form) hull, tried and tested with great success by Heesen Yachts on past vessels including Galactica Star. Heesen Yachts was actually the first shipyard to take the strategic decision to put this revolutionary technology into production, after it was devised and developed entirely by the Dutch firm Van Oossanen Naval Architects. As was previously the case for the optimisation of the hull of the previous star vessel launched by the Dutch shipyard, for the new Galactica Super Nova the hull was engineered entirely in-house by the Heesen Yachts expert team, who worked closely with the specialists from Van Oossanen. Galactica Super Nova is not only a flawless synthesis of high performance and cutting-edge engineering, but also represents the next stage in the evolution of the longstanding experience and solid leadership that Heesen Yachts enjoys in the complex superyacht construction sector, leading the Dutch shipyard to develop an efficient design and construction process. However, Galactica Super Nova also embodies the result of targeted market research, which identified what clients wanted and expected, and therefore made it possible to respond promptly to the growing interest in a new type of vessel that combines the high speed typical of planing yachts with the outstanding comfort of displacement yachts. In addition to these things there is the classic requirement for a balanced combination of aesthetic elegance, exclusive style, prestigious luxury and individual expression, flawlessly made to measure to create an ensemble founded on harmony that must be utterly personal and entirely unique. Galactica Super Nova is certainly no exception to the rule here, if anything it embodies a tangible, innovative interpretation of it. This viewpoint is very much confirmed from the very first glance at the yacht’s sensational exterior design, skilfully created by the Monaco-based design firm of Espen Øino, who appears to resolve a couple of vitally important questions brilliantly in a single “coup de théâtre”. The look of the new superyacht incorporates both some of the traditional elements of Heesen’s family feel, making her decidedly recognisable as part of the Dutch shipyard’s fleet, and some innovative elements that give her the look of a space fleet flagship as suggested by the vessel’s name. It’s a feeling that is confirmed the moment you set foot on board, where it is truly like being on another planet as you enter interiors characterised by the magnificent interior design stunningly created by Sander Sinot’s Dutch design firm. The superyacht’s Owner chose Sander Sinot to create the light, pure, well-balanced interior with its sophisticated, subtle balance between monochromatic and soft colours. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, understated and inviting yet extremely refined. A wide range of leathers – from galuchat to very soft calfskin – form the basis of the interior decoration, which includes a variety of stones such as calacatta luccicoso and various types of onyx. The stand-out feature in the interior is the central staircase with a glass elevator, where steel, nickel, chrome, wood and leather all flow together to form a stunning architectural spiral helix. In terms of layout, Galactica Super Nova has an incredible 357 m2 / 3,842 square feet of space across four decks. Up to twelve guests can be accommodated in six staterooms, with the Owner’s suite on the main deck forward, the four guest cabins amidships on the lower deck and the VIP cabin on the wheelhouse deck aft. An extraordinary abundance of space everywhere on board means not only that there is exceptional space available for the private accommodation, but also – and perhaps most importantly – that there is an impressive array of alternatives for socialising and entertainment. There are countless examples of this huge variety on every deck of Galactica Super Nova, so for practical reasons it is utterly impossible to list and describe them comprehensively. As a result, in order to make the best use of the remainder of our column inches, we will limit ourselves to a few highlights among the many that reliably make guests’ eyes light up on this new superyacht by Heesen Yachts – one from each of the four decks, in fact. The sun deck is an impressive uninterrupted continuous space covering 126 m2 / 1,357 square feet, surrounded by a panoramic 360-degree view, and featuring everything you could want for open air living with a sunbathing area, a lounge area and an alfresco dining area that includes a bar and a barbecue space. On the upper deck aft, the sliding glass doors open to merge the external area of the aft deck with the interior space of the sky lounge to form one huge, stunning outdoor/indoor area occupying 92 m2 / 991 square feet, ideal for crowded cocktail parties or sociable informal dinners. On the main deck forward, when the helicopter is not on board, the touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck transforms into a spectacular terrace with a picturesque view over the sea, occupying 68 m2 / 732 square feet, which is laid out as a sunbathing area during the day, but during the evening becomes a cinema by moonlight and at night a disco under the stars. On the lower stern deck, three fold-down platforms overhanging the water provide an area of 44 m2 / 473 square feet in addition to the 102 m2 / 1,098 square feet of the fantastic beach club, an amazing hub for relaxation and beach life, which has a lounge area and a bar as well as the sauna cubicle and hammam. However, if all of this seems to confirm the idea that “the real luxury is space”, Galactica Super Nova can boast yet another gem that is truly the symbolic epitome of the luxurious lifestyle on board this unique superyacht. Here again, size counts a lot. We are talking about the magnificent dimensions of the wonderful swimming pool, built in above the transom on the main deck and measuring 6 metres / 19 feet 9 inches in length, with a volume of 13,500 litres / 3,572 US gallons. In technical terms, it is a swim-jet infinity pool, meaning a pool with a ‘contraflow’ system for swimming, and it features an integrated Jacuzzi ‘spa jet’ hydromassage system for relaxation. As if this were not enough, the pool even has a waterfall as well as a floor in glass panels to allow natural light to filter through and illuminate the beach club below. Bathrobe, please!

Flaviano Perelli

Photos by David Churchill and Guillaume Plisson

Galactica Super Nova technical specifications

Hull 17470
Hull Material Aluminium
Superstructure Material Aluminium
Length Overall (m/ft) 70,07 m / 229’89’’ ft
Beam 11,9 m / 39’04’’ ft
Draught Max 3,25 m / 10’66’’ ft
Tonnage 1200 GT
Main engines2 x MTU 20V 4000 M93L Fixed Propeller +
1 x MTU 16V 4000 M93L Booster Jet
Max speed29.9 knots
Fuel capacity 89,000 litres / 23,511 US gallons
Water capacity 25,000 litres / 6,604 US gallons
Maximum power 2 x 4.300 kW + 1 x 3.440 kW
Gearbox3 x ZF 9050
Engine control Rolls Royce control system
Propellers Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 2.000mm
Booster jet Rolls Royce
Main generators 2 x Kilo-Pak, each 240 kW
Emergency generators1 x Kilo-Pak 99 kW
Bowthruster Electrically driven HRP Europe 165 kW
Steering system Sperry Marine Systems
Stabilizers 2 x Quantum extendable fin stabilizers
Accommodations Guests 12
Crew 16
Cabins Full-beam master suite, one VIP cabin, four double cabins
Class ABS A1 ✠ Yachting Service ✠ AMS
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY3 / MCA
Naval Architecture Van Oossanen Naval Architects b.v.
Exterior Design Espen Oeino International
Interior Design Sinot Yacht Design
BuilderHeesen Yachts
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