The build of the 49.8-metre all-aluminium Project Nova continues apace, with the hull and superstructure joined at the Heesen yard in Oss.

The Heesen Project Nova, which was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, is based on the yard’s Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), and is the first FDHF yacht to be equipped with hybrid propulsion.

Heesen Project Nova

Unlike previous FDHF yachts such as Galactica Star, the emphasis aboard Project Nova is not on producing a thrilling top speed, but on cruising efficiencies. Two 660kW MTU diesels deliver a top speed of 16.3 knots. At 12 knots she consumes 98 litres per hour, and at ten knots this will be reduced to 57.5 litres per hour. Her cruising range is 3,750nm at 12 knots.

The hybrid set-up also means significant noise reduction, and with her two water-cooled DC 127kW electric shaft motors Project Nova can cruise at speeds up to nine knots using the generators alone. At this speed the consumption is predicted to be around 45 litres per hour.

Heesen Project Nova

Exterior lines are by Omega Architects and interior styling is by Sinot Yacht Design. Twelve guests will be accommodated in six staterooms. Project Nova, which is available for purchase,  is scheduled to be delivered next spring.