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Heesen's Largest, Fastest Superyacht Begins Maiden Voyage in the North Sea

Heesen Yachts' longest and fastest superyacht has left the shipyard's facility in the southern Netherlands. The 262-foot (80-meter) Project Cosmos, now named Galactica, is ready for sea trials in the North Sea.
Heesen Project Cosmos, now named Galactica, heads to the North Sea for sea trials 9 photos
Heesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trialsHeesen's largest superyacht, Galactica, leaves the shed to begin sea trials
The yacht hit the water for the first time back in November at the shipyard's facility. That's when we saw what Galactica has in store. One of the attractions was the pair of "shark teeth" painted on its bulb, a feature that got submerged as soon as the vessel left the shed last week.

The 262-foot (80-meter) is now on its way to the North Sea, traveling through locks, canals, and rivers. This is the last step that the vessel must take before it finally gets to its owner. Given its size, this all-aluminum yacht is capable of delivering great performance.

That's all thanks to the lightweight hull and its low-drag design refined by Heesen's naval architects. The superyacht is equipped with four V20 MTU 4000 M73L engines. Two of them produce 3,600 kW (4,827 hp) each, while the other two deliver 3,540 kW (4,747 hp) individually. That's enough power to make Galactica navigate at a top speed of 29 knots (33.3 mph/ 53.7 kph).

But it's not just the way it performs that makes it stand out. It comes with a sleek exterior that combines clean lines with glass areas that only emphasize the massive size of this yacht. The interior, which is all decked in neutral tones and blue hues, is big enough to accommodate up to 12 guests and 19 crew members.

Apart from the VIP suites and guest cabins, Galactica also has plenty of entertainment areas, including a nice beach club, a centrally positioned onyx bar, a jacuzzi, and a helipad.

Once the superyacht completes its sea trials, it will head to its owners. Heesen estimates delivery to take place in April.



 
 
 
 
 

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