M/Y Galactica Star

At the Monaco Yacht Show 2013, one of the yachts gathering the most attention was Heesen’s new flagship, called Galactica Star. It is the Dutch superyacht builder’s largest yacht to date, and also the first all-aluminium yacht with the patented Fast Displacement Hull Form. The sleekness of her underwater lines is matched by a unique helmet-shaped superstructure, giving the yacht a sporty look, a far cry of many of the wedding-cake-styled yachts in this size range.

In november 2009, we signed a contract with Heesen Yachts to design their new 65m flagship, details of which were unveiled in April 2010.

The 6500 FDHF is based on our patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). The FDHF is a new and innovative hull form with significantly lower resistance than those of well-designed conventional round bilge and hard chine hulls. Furthermore, the FDHF achieves a good over-all performance rather than only achieving optimum performance at maximum speed, such as a hard chine hull does, while also improving seakeeping and manoeuvrability. This results in an improved economic efficiency and less environmental impact in terms of engine-emissions.

The 6500 FDHF platform was the result of an elaborate conceptual design study. The result of which was a platform for Omega Architects to base their novel exterior styling on. More than half a year of further development and naval architecture has blended the exterior styling with the radical new platform into a thrilling yacht.

The FDHF concept was first published to the scientific community, at the FAST 2009 conference in Athens, October 2009. Since then the FDHF has attracted much attention from private clients, yacht builders, designers as well as clients and yards outside of the yachting industry.