Formerly known as Project Nova
Dutch yard Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of the first fast displacement motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion.
Named M/Y Home, this superyacht was formerly known as Project Nova. It's a 50m all-aluminium motor yacht below 500 GT with a shallow draft. She recently underwent intensive sea trials in the North Sea for five days in calm sea conditions with waves of up to 0.5m and light breeze.
During trials she exceeded the maximum speed of 16.3 knots under diesel power, but she can sail at 9 knots in quiet mode thanks to two 127kW water-cooled DC electric shaft motors.
Home is not only extremely quiet, she is also fuel efficient. At 12 knots, she has a fuel consumption of 98 litres per hour (excluding generators) and at 10 knots in hybrid mode this further reduces to 45 litres per hour, which for a 50m yacht, displacing 295 tons and with a Gross Tonnage of 499 is quite an achievement.
Power is provided by two MTU 12V 2000 M61 diesel engines delivering 815 hp each. When cruising at 12 knots, M/Y Home has a maximum range of 4,500 nautical miles.
The new Heesen superyacht can accommodate 12 guests in six double cabins including the main deck owner's suite.