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Heesen has announced the launch of the second hybrid yacht: Electra
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Heesen has announced the launch of the second hybrid yacht: Electra

Camper & Nicholsons
7th February 2020

Heesen has announced the launch of the second hybrid yacht in their 5000 aluminium FDHF class, Project Electra.

The 49.8m superyacht has a distinctive exterior and a progressive and über-efficient shallow-draft hull. The proven and versatile hybrid propulsion package combines conventional diesel propulsion with efficient diesel-electric.

Project Electra’s high-tech heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package.
Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned her distinctive profile which features a near-vertical bow, long waterline and extensive use of glass. The layout offers plenty of outdoor living areas - from the spacious sun deck with its Jacuzzi to the relaxation area forward of the wheelhouse. There’s outdoor dining on the bridge deck, a lounge area on the main deck, and a fixed swim platform to position you at the water’s edge. Every centimetre has been purposefully conceived to help guests enjoy life at sea.

Italian designer Cristiano Gatto created a contemporary interior that exudes a sense of elegant calm. The flowing, organic curves of custom furniture and low cabinetry allow guests to enjoy spectacular vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Dark oak flooring and mullions contrast the pale panelling and cabinetry and emphasise space throughout the yacht.
Twelve guests sleep in six staterooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Traditionally located on the main deck forward, the master suite comprises an office, a bedroom that spans the yacht’s full beam, and a bathroom with large marble shower. The remaining guest accommodation resides on the lower deck and comprises a full-beam VIP, two twins and two double suites, all with convenient access to a fully-equipped gym and sauna.

The main excitement surrounding Project Electra is that, compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system chosen by Heesen is quieter and more fuel-efficient. It offers cost-saving benefits and flexible power management as the yacht operates in four different cruising modes, from the Hybrid Mode of up to 9 knots at noise levels of just 46dB, up to the Boost Mode which delivers an impressive top speed of 16.3 knots.
After completing the commissioning of her systems, Project Electra will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea and is due for delivery in April 2020. Project Electra is expected to be every bit as successful as her predecessor, M/Y Home, which received several international awards and accolades for the innovative and eco-friendly propulsion system.

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