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Galactica Star: Changing the Rules of Yacht Design

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What travels faster than a nuclear submarine, Usain Bolt on a good day, or a dolphin? 

What’s the same length as a jumbo jet, but is built with aluminium three times as thick?

The answer is Galactica Star, a 65 metre Heesen that has changed the rules of yacht design. 

What makes this yacht revolutionary is the shape of its hull.

Galactica Star boasts the world’s first Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), a hull so fast and fuel efficient that during tank-testing at the Wolfson facility in Southhampton, the results were so spectacular that they assumed there’d been a mistake, and ran the tests again.

Perry van Oossanen knew that it wasn’t a mistake.  The Fast Displacement Hull Form was born out of a bet between Perry and his colleagues at Van Oossanen Naval Architects. ‘We started with a blank sheet of paper, and when our first results produced over 20% less resistance compared with a chine hull, I realised straight away that we were onto something.’ Over 50 million computer calculations and tests later, the theory was proved, and the design awards are rolling in.

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