Revealed: Inside the Galactica Star superyacht
Heesen Yachts is set to showcase the 65 metre luxury yacht in Monaco this month
At this year’s Monaco Yacht show, which takes place from the September 25-28, Heesen will be showcasing the Galactica Star, a revolutionary 65 metre luxury yacht. The Galactica Star is the first ever yacht to use the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) which is 30 percent more efficient compared to a traditional displacement hull. The all-aluminum FDHF motor yacht exceeded the top speed demanded contractually by a full two knots during her sea trials in the North Sea. The prestigious luxury yacht also moved very smoothly through the water during its sea trials and proved to be extremely maneuverable. Heesen Yachts is the first shipyard to build a yacht which features this innovative hull configuration and uses aluminum for both hull and superstructure. Here in the UAE, Heesen Yachts are sold by Al-Futtaim Marine. This FDHF is a platform for creating a new generation of luxury yachts in which increased performance and reduced environmental impact begin with the hull design. When at high speeds, in comparison with traditional semi-displacement hulls, the Galactica Star has a low wave profile over the entire speed range which demonstrates that her motion through the water creates low resistance. The superyacht is designed to reach top speed of 27 knots, a 20 knots cruising speed and a 4.200 nautical mile range which provides top performance for length, combined with Dutch custom-built luxury. She exceeded the top speed demanded by contract (27 knots) and reached a remarkable average top speed (at half load) of 28.8 knots. The FDHF was jointly developed with Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Heesen’s expertise in weight reduction. When combined with a pair of MTU 20V4000M93L engines (each developing 4.300kW at 2.100 rpm) Galactica Star will be able reach top speeds at a very economical fuel burn levels and its particularly long range of 4.200Nm at 14 knots. A 30 percent increase in hull efficiency means 20 percent less power is required throughout the speed spectrum – and less power used means less fuel used. This provides a positive impact on the cost of running the yacht, as well as lowering the environmental footprint due to reduced engine emissions. Guests’ comfort while on board is further guaranteed by a total of five Sea Keeper gyro stabilisers. Outdoor space includes a 20 metre sundeck, and a duplex beach club that occupies 25 per cent of the main and lower decks. Situated on the lower deck of the duplex beach club are a sauna, hammam, shower room and day head as well as a fully equipped bar. The supeyacht boasts a 10 square metre side balcony located on the port side, and a 22 square metre swimming platform. A large sunbathing area on the foredeck can be transformed into a touch and go heli-pad. Up to 12 guests sleep in custom-built interiors that include a full-beam master suite with private balcony, and a VIP on the upper deck. She is also capable of carrying up to 13 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Another interesting feature to note is the glass bottom of the swimming pool located on the main deck. The pool allows the natural light to glimmer through the water to the bar area beneath. The tender garages, with gull-wing doors, can also be found beneath the foredeck. Award-winning designers have been appointed by the owners for this project. Frank Laupman at Omega Architects is responsible for the streamlined exterior lines. The design clearly shows the Heesen bloodline, but fused with the appearance of a racing car. Bannenberg and Rowell Design have created the sophisticated interior that complements the sleek exterior design.