The 70-metre Galactica Super Nova – the biggest-ever yacht launched by the yard – has started sea trials.

The all-aluminium Heesen Galactica Super Nova, which was launched and christened in March, had to negotiate some low bridges to reach the open sea, requiring the removal of the yacht’s radar arch, before her sea trials started. Exterior styling is by Espen Øino and features swooping, architectural arches aft that help to create the impressive beach club area with its folding terraces. Guests also benefit from the 6-metre main-deck infinity pool, with a waterfall and a glass bottom that brings more light to the beach club, while the adaptable foredeck can be used as a touch-and-go helipad, for sunbathing, for informal dining or as an outdoor cinema.

Heesen Galactica Super Nova

Heading for sea trials. This photo and below: Ruud Holthuis


Galactica Super Nova’s Fast Displacement Hull Form is powered by a central jet between twin diesels, delivering a staggering top speed of 29.9 knots. The Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design interior makes use of light leathers and upholstery to create what the yard says is “an atmosphere that is relaxed and informal, understated and inviting, yet extremely refined”.

Heesen Galactica Super Nova

Accommodation for 12 guests is in an owner’s cabin forward on the main deck, a double on the bridge deck, and four double guest suites on the lower deck. The yacht’s tenders and toys live under the foredeck.