Heesen Yachts’ move to expand its shipyard to accommodate bigger megayachts is paying off. A 262’7” (80.07-meter) megayacht is now under contract, known as Project Cosmos. This makes her its largest LOA yet.
To put her into perspective, the title holder previously for the shipyard was Galactica Super Nova. Delivered in 2016, she measures 229’7” (70 meters). Perhaps we shouldn’t say “was,” considering Galactica Super Nova will retain the distinction of being the largest delivery for a while. Project Cosmos is set for completion in early 2022.
Interestingly, despite common practice for her length, Project Cosmos does not have a steel hull. Instead, she’s entirely aluminum. She features the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) created by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and proven on a number of Heesen deliveries so far. The hull design and quadruple 20V MTU engines should combine for a 29-knot top speed. Heesen has not yet revealed the anticipated range. Regardless, Project Cosmos will feature conventional propellers and shafts, not an alternative like podded propulsion or diesel electric. (Owners of some other big projects around the world have selected these alternatives, for instance.) The shipyard therefore says the megayacht will be the world’s largest and fastest with conventional propulsion come hand over.
Speaking of large, Project Cosmos naturally has significant volume, 1,700 gross tons. Even with her equally significant length, she isn’t meant for mega-size owners’ parties. In fact, she’ll accommodate “just” a party of 12, along with a crew of 19. Four guest suites sit below decks, with a VIP on the bridge deck. The VIP may rival master staterooms aboard other yachts, since it has an adjacent studio. Project Cosmos’ owners reserved the forward main deck for themselves.
The owners are also working with Winch Design to impart modern aesthetic flair throughout the interior. Just a few details are available for now. Project Cosmos will have a glass elevator connecting the guest staterooms to the sundeck. At anchor, the owners and guests can enjoy cocktails in the beach club, thanks to a sunken, walk-around bar. The sides of the beach club will be open to the sun and fresh breezes, along with the transom. For a refreshing swim, they can jump off the beach club’s platforms, or do laps in the pool up on deck. It will measure 23 feet (7 meters), with contra-jets for extra resistance. It also will have a glass bottom and waterfall feature.
For fun off the yacht, Project Cosmos will carry a custom tender designed by Winch Design, plus a Eurocopter helicopter. The landing pad will be fully rated, too, not the touch-and-go concept. Though, when the heli does go, the owners and guests can use the helipad for watching movies on a screen.