Photo courtesy of Heesen Yachts. Credits Dick Holthuis

The 70m vessel completed sea trials in the North Sea. Credits Dick Holthuis

Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of Galactica Super Nova. The 70m motoryacht is the largest vessel built by the Dutch shipyard. Known originally as Kometa, this full-custom project was built and delivered in 41 months, the builder says.

Galactica Super Nova’s sea trials took place over four days at the end of April and beginning of May in the North Sea. The shipyard reports that the 229-footer reached maximum speed of 30.3 knots. This exceeds the contractual top speed by 0.3 knots. Heesen also says that the yacht “proved to be very quiet and highly manoeuvrable in all sea conditions”.

The propulsion system aboard Galactica Super Nova consists of two MTU wing engines with fixed pitch propellers and a third central engine with Rolls Royce booster water jet.

This is first time such a configuration has been applied to a superyacht and it provides acceleration from 0 knots to 30 knots in just 75 seconds.

Galactica Super Nova will have her first summer season in the Mediterranean and will be on display during the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Sold in December 2013, the aluminium hull of Galactica Super Nova was engineered by Heesen’s in-house specialists in collaboration with Dutch naval architects van Oossanen, who devised the high performance Fast Displacement Hull Form.

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