Royal Huisman announced the  81-meter three-masted sailing yacht Project 400 for an Asian client in October 2016. They started the construction in June 2017.

Project 400 was drawn by Dykstra Naval Architects (naval architecture/exterior design) and Mark Whitely (exterior and interior design). The 81m aluminum hull has space for 12 guests including owners and a crew of 13. Although it is an impressive project, the yacht will have a Panamax height (and a carbon rig by Rondal).

Furthermore, the yacht is the largest to date by Royal Huisman by volume (Athena is the longest with 90m including bowsprit – hull has a length of 79.25 m). This new one is also the largest full-aluminum sailing yacht in the world to date. Delivery is scheduled for 2020.

Project 400 Royal Huisman
Project 400 Royal Huisman
Project 400 Royal Huisman

“Build me my dream”

Owner of Project 400

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects:

“At Dykstra Naval Architects we are extremely excited and proud to be part of the creative team for the new 81m, three-masted performance schooner. Using our experience and inventive minds to create an innovative contemporary schooner yacht for fast passage making is one to tick off our Bucket List.”

Mark Whiteley of Mark Whiteley Design:

“Building a project with Royal Huisman is a very special experience for a designer, jointly designing an 81m new build is an opportunity of a career lifetime so I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Dykstra Naval Architects and the shipyard on this fast contemporary schooner”

The modern interior is based on Alpi Walnut and is for comfortable family cruising but also for business meetings. The superstructure has a private part for owner and guests.

Project 400 Royal Huisman Interior Mark Whiteley

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.”

For fun during times at anchor bays, Project 400 will provide a lot of space for guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks, SUP boards at the aft area.

During the Dutch annual Superyacht Presstour in 2018, organized by the Holland Yachting Group/HISWA, I had the chance to visit Royal Huisman, Rondal and Project 400. All the pictures and the videos where the yard the hull turns are very impressive but in real life, it is much more impressive. To stand on the hull felt like an oversized sailing dinghy, the second picture below is not another superyacht project – it is the flybridge but has the size of a superyacht.

Main Specifications

Length over all:81.00 m
Exterior Design:Dykstra Naval Architects / Mark Whitely
Interior Design:Mark Whitely
Naval Architecture:Dykstra Naval Architects
Material:Aluminum
Guests:12
Crew:13
Classification:Lloyds MCA (LY-3)
Year of Delivery:2020
Mast & Booms:Rondal

Construction update March 23, 2018

Royal Huisman completed the first big step and turned the impressive 81m hull of Project 400 with four cranes. In the next two years, the yard will install all the systems, interior, and the superstructure.

Royal Huisman PROJECT 400
Royal Huisman PROJECT 400

Hull turning pictures by Royal Huisman