Built by the Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts, the 163-foot Project Nova-Hybrid yacht—a fast displacement, full-aluminium yacht with an environmentally friendly footprint—was revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. The yacht emits an incredibly low noise level of about 46 decibels while cruising, providing a quieter environment for guests and a more desirable dining experience (as noise levels of 80 decibels or above have been shown to negatively affect the sense of taste). At cruising speed, Nova consumes around 26 gallons of fuel per hour, making it the most fuel-efficient vessel in its class. A hybrid propulsion system allows it to cruise at speeds of up to 9 knots using generator power alone.
Drawing design inspiration from open-air beach villas, the yacht features panoramic glass walls that offer untarnished views of the ocean. Outdoors, a fixed swim platform on the main aft deck allows guests to easily slip into the sea for leisurely swims. Accommodating 12 guests in six roomy cabins, the yacht features a gym with a hammam, a spacious main saloon, and sweeping stairs that lead to the main deck. Construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017. (heesenyachts.com)