NEWS from Royal Huisman: The build has started!

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The build has started!

World’s largest aluminium yacht under construction at Royal Huisman

The construction of the 81m / 266ft contemporary three-masted schooner has commenced at the shipyard’s facilities in Vollenhove. This new build project for an Asian client was unveiled by the joint team of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects, designer Mark Whiteley and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.

Within a year Royal Huisman completed the design phase, the construction planning and a large part of the engineering for this iconic yacht – all in close interaction with the owner, his team and the architects. Even Royal Huisman’s largest shipbuilding hall was upgraded in preparation for the new project. Now, the milestone all involved parties were anticipating has been achieved: the keel is laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction. The build of the world’s largest aluminium yacht has started!



Editor’s notes:


World Première: Monaco Yacht Show 2017

The model of this Contemporary Schooner - world's largest aluminium yacht - will be on display for the first time ever: Monaco Yacht Show, 27-30 September 2017, Royal Huisman stand at Quai des Etats-Unis, QE14.


Powerful and recognizable exterior design

The exterior design is the result of the joint effort of Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design, skillfully incorporating the owner’s requirements – world cruising, fast yet comfortable, and iconic looking. The distinguishing superstructure features a half-raised bridge for inside steering. The yacht’s flybridge offers full controls during sailing, comfortable seating for guests wishing to be close up with the yacht’s navigation, and opportunity for sunbathing. The sheltered main cockpit beneath the flybridge features a bar, sofas and a large table; perfect for post-sailing dinner at anchor.

A variety of innovative or indeed exciting features enhance the yacht’s appeal. The newly developed sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels provides a seamless transition from the cockpit into the interior, whereas the flybridge steering stations give access to the hydraulically operated crow’s nest for an exhilarating ride up the main mast with breathtaking views – for anyone wishing to add perspective to their stay on board!

Various watersports gear such as water scooters, a large guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks and SUP boards will be stored under the aft deck, and the deck design comprises a number of clever features, such as the crew tender in front being recessed into a pocket, which can be used as a cockpit after launch. The design of the crew entrance on the foredeck ties in with the looks of the main deckhouse.

Good performance combined with sea kindliness, stability and comfort

Dykstra Naval Architects have focused all their considerable expertise on the creation of a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The carbon rig by Rondal – ‘clearing Panama Bridge’ – will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains “the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance.”

Towing tests, wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and a Velocity Prediction Program are all undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.


Modern interior

Mark Whiteley designed a modern interior in balance with the exterior living spaces. The design is based on Alpi Walnut bulkheads and comprises oak floors. Alpi is a natural material which - thanks to technology - achieves high performance and eco sustainable quality. A very high comfort level for the owner, family and friends are very important considerations, but the yacht can also be used as a platform for business meetings. The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests, featuring a combined saloon with comfortable seating and a large table with sixteen seats for formal dining.


Utilizing the best proven experience

Whilst the further optimization of the yacht remains ongoing – whether in 3D, 2D or using physical 1:1 mock-ups to support the design and decision-making process – more aluminium for the sub-assembly construction is being delivered to the Royal Huisman yard every day.

Every yacht built by Royal Huisman is a masterpiece, and the building process cannot be compared to any standard production methods. Many interdependencies exist in all of the design and engineering phases. A yacht needs to be fast, agile, robust, strong and spacy, offering the best performance in combination with the latest materials as well as cutting edge technology. Specific demands influence each other; creating both opportunities and challenges, so the various engineering disciplines need to work closely together to achieve the best solutions. Royal Huisman “First Class Operations” based on concurrent engineering, value engineering, design reviews and stage gate program is a methodology which manages this interdependency of disciplines from the earliest stages of the project development. Combined with the yard’s Custom Fit Program any yacht can be designed, engineered and built with the best proven experience of Royal Huisman, using reliable, preferred and approved materials, equipment, systems, technologies, workmanship and execution.

Royal Huisman will deliver this headturning project in 2020 – when the world’s largest aluminium yacht can set sail to explore the oceans!


Basic data Contemporary Schooner - Project 400:

  • Royal Huisman project 400
  • Exterior styling: Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design
  • Naval Architecture: Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Interior Design: Mark Whiteley Design
  • Builder: Royal Huisman
  • Year of delivery: 2020
  • Construction: Aluminium
  • Length overall: 81m / 266ft
  • Classification: Lloyd’s MCA (LY-3)
  • Owners / guests accommodation: 11
  • Crew accommodation: 13
  • Mast & booms: Rondal carbon fibre
  • Height of masts: Panamax


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