Heesen has today announced that Project Nova (YN 17850), the world’s first Fast Displacement with hybrid propulsion, has been sold. The client, a yacht connoisseur, was introduced to the shipyard by Thom Conboy of Heesen Yachts USA. Project Nova is a unique example of Heesen’s ingenious approach to yachting: a high-performance, supremely comfortable Fast Displacement yacht with reduced environmental impact, wrapped in an elegant design package with exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and interior styling by Sinot Yacht Design.
The first yacht with hybrid propulsion. In this case ‘Hybrid’ means that the yacht can draw on two sources of power for propulsion: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical. Either or both sources can be used at the same time. No batteries. This provides more flexible power management, which means better efficiency, less noise and less vibration. Up to 9 knots the yachts will be as silent as when at anchor.