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News: New Heesen FDHF mega yacht GALACTICA STAR completes sea trials

May 29, 2013 by black
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Superyacht Galactica Star left the Heesen Yachts facility in Oss on Saturday, 11th May and sailed some 150 kilometres, at an average speed of 10 knots, on the Maas river to Merwehaven (Rotterdam harbour). On the way she had to pass under nine bridges, some of them with a very small clearance such as Keizersveerbrug where the gap between the yacht and the bridge was just 40 centimetres.

On Monday, 13th May the mast with all the navigation and communication equipment, which had been transported by barge, were
installed.

The sea trials took place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May in typical North Sea conditions with an air temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, wind force oscillating from 4 to 5 Beaufort and waves one metre twenty centimetres high.

Mega yacht Galactica Star exceeded the contractual speed (27 knots) and reached the remarkable official average top speed (at half load) of 28,8 knots.

Her revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form, jointly developed with Van Oossanen Naval Architects, in combination with two MTU 20V4000M93L engines (each developing 4.300kW at 2.100 rpm) and Heesen’s expertise in weight reduction made this stunning result possible.

Galactica Star yacht performed well in a seaway, moving through the water very smoothly, and was found to be extremely manoeuvrable. At high speeds, in comparison with traditional semi-displacement hull forms, Galactica Star, with her revolutionary FDHF has a much smaller stern wave, demonstrating that her motion through the water creates low resistance, in accordance with her designers’ predictions. Guests’ comfort on board is further guaranteed by five Sea Keeper gyro stabilizers.

Twelve guests can enjoy Galactica Star yacht’s design some notable luxury features, such as a duplex beach club (located aft on the main and lower decks) with a 10 square meter side-balcony (on the port side) and a 22 square meter swimming platform.

On the lower deck of the duplex beach club there are a sauna, hammam, shower room, day head and a fully equipped bar. Another notable feature is the glass bottom of the swimming-pool located on the main deck; this allows the natural light to glimmer through the water to the bar area beneath. On the fore deck, the large sunbathing area can be transformed into a touch-and-go heli-deck. The tender garages with gull-wing doors are also located beneath the fore deck.

Heesen Yachts is the first shipyard in the world to build a yacht featuring this innovative hull configuration using aluminium for both hull and superstructure. The Fast Displacement hull configuration is the perfect platform for creating a new luxury yacht generation where increased performance and reduced environmental impact begin with the hull design.

Luxury yacht Galactica Star’s delivery is scheduled for the end of June 2013.

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