Heesen Yachts has delivered the world’s first Fast Displacement motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion YN 17850 – Home to her Owner in international waters. Formerly known as Project NOVA, a 50m all aluminium motor yacht 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. Not only the yacht exceeded her contractual maximum speed of 16.3 knots in the traditional diesel engine mode, but also thanks to two 127kW water-cooled DC electric shaft motors, she exceeded the predicted speed of 9 knots with noise and vibration levels well below the Specification levels.
A highly fuel efficient YN 17850 – Home boasts a fuel consumption of 98 litres per hour (excluding generators) and at 10 knots in hybrid mode this further reduces to a staggering 45 litres per hour, which for a 50m yacht, displacing 295 tons and with a Gross Tonnage of 499 is an outstanding achievement. She is powered by two MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines of 600 kW each, which are smaller than those typically fitted on a yacht of this size.
Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created a striking profile of YN 17850. She features vertical bow and spray rails, a large fixed swim platform and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Interior stylist, Cristiano Gatto worked closely with the Owner to create an interior décor that boasts a sophisticated linear design based on a two-tone palette. This theme gives a relaxed and bright feel throughout the whole interior, inviting the outdoors and spectacular vistas to feature centre stage from within.
Home will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 27 to 30.