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February 13, 2014

Heesen Launches its First 40m ‘Sportster’

By Chris Boyle

GalateaHeesen has launched its first 40-meter ‘sportster’, which it christened M/Y Galatea during a private ceremony at the shipyard facility in Oss, YN 15640 on January 17.

With advanced aluminium hull technology, powerful performance, uncompromising interior design and peerless Dutch construction standards, M/Y Galatea is the true incarnation of Heesen DNA.

The sportster has the optimum balance of comfort and power: she may have marble bathrooms among her luxurious interior design features, but she’s still capable of 27,5 knots.

M/Y Galatea has been built for private use, with a requirement that the sun deck had maximum space for relaxing and dining. Her open flybridge layout gives a huge 85 square meters of deck space that includes a helm station and a shaded dining area that is protected even underway by glass side panels.

Bespoke teak furniture, including a built-in teppanyaki grill, completes this upper deck. Inside, the 10-meter long saloon includes a large square lounge and a dining area adjacent to full-height glazed doors.

With the doors open, guests can dine inside while enjoying fresh air and panoramic views. Ten guests can sleep in five cabins: there’s a full-beam main deck master, two full-beam VIP doubles and two twin cabins on the lower deck, all of which have marble ensuite bathrooms.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created an interior design that has a distinctive personality based on a theme of Dutch expressionism. Contrasting woods, simple clean lines, marquetry and glass detailing create an atmosphere of calm, contemporary elegance.

The ride will be as graceful and luxurious as the interior; comfort and handling are further enhanced by Active Interceptor stabilizers and the very latest zero-speed Seakeeper gyro stabilizers.

M/Y Galatea will be tested in the North Sea and be delivered to her owners at the end of March 2014.

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