Ethereal by Royal Huisman

ETHEREAL: 58m Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Royal Huisman (2008)

ETHEREAL is a ketch rigged yacht launched by Royal Huisman in October 2008 (delivered beginning of 2009) and is the first yacht equipped with hybrid technology.

Many sites reported that Savannah by Feadship is the world’s first superyacht with hybrid propulsion. I didn’t because here is another hybrid motor yacht: The Columbus 40S Sport Hybrid launched in 2013. But the first is Ethereal. Thanks to Royal Huisman for remembering. Anyway, Congrats to Feadship for the biggest yacht with hybrid propulsion :) (to the publishing date of this article ;) )

Now let’s go the facts. The exterior and interior design were created by Pieter Beeldsnijder. The naval architecture for the ketch-rigged performance yacht was done by well-known Ron Holland. A very good trio to create awesome yachts.

Pictures by Franco Pace

Ethereal by Royal Huisman

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Alongside her generator to recharge her 500 kW/h lithium polymer battery bank she is also equipped with a shaft-driven generator to recharge the batteries under sails when the propeller twirls.

In addition to eco-friendly benefit: Ethereal is quieter and by association more comfortable. Normally you need generators around the clock to produce enough power for hydraulic and electric motors (anchor winches, sail winches, furlers, yacht’s electronics and what you have). So you can also use the energy from the battery bank.

Now six years after launch she logged over 100.000 miles :)

Main specifications

Length over all:58.04 m
Length water line:48.03 m
Beam:11.42 m
Draft:4.90 m
Exterior Design:Pieter Beeldsnijder
Interior Design:Pieter Beeldsnijder
Naval Architecture:Ron Holland
Sail Area (close to the wind):1,606 m²
Propulsion System:Hybrid propulsion consisting of two drive trains
Each consisting of a Caterpillar C18 (533 kW @
2100 rpm) diesel engine together with a 300 kW
Combimac electric motor / generator
Fuel Capacity:46.438 l


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Bloemsma Van Breeman launched BN141

The Dutch shipyard Bloemsma Van Breemen launched the 44-meter yacht project BN141, which is timeless exterior styled by Pieter Beeldsnijder. The naval architecture comes from the boards of Vripack.

Bloemsma Van Breemen NewsAdd in the contribution of some of Holland’s leading marine equipment suppliers and you have a superyacht that is a testimony to Dutch standards of excellence. And she has been built for Dutch owners, too.

As you might expect from a project of this pedigree, the 44-meter superyacht BN141 also features the very latest technologies and systems, plus a comprehensive audio-video installation. Many of the safety and backup systems are located in a separate engine space under the guest suites, resulting in a spacious and clean engine room.

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BN141 by Bloemsma Van Breemen in Makkum at the yard
© Bloemsma Van Breeman Shipyard

Spaciousness is in fact at the heart of Pieter Beeldsnijder’s layout. From the large engine room on the lower deck to the voluminous sun deck with its broad relaxation and sunbathing areas, the volume is deployed to the maximum. A dedicated owners’ area on the upper deck is another fine example of the carefully through-through approach to space: in addition to a luxurious stateroom, the owners’ quarters include a lounge and terrace forward that will enable them to enjoy the pleasures of the alfresco life in private.

With the owners’ area placed in the traditional location of the wheelhouse, the latter has been located on a semi-raised forward section of the main deck. The main deck also hosts a good-sized captain’s cabin. The rest of this deck features a lounge, dining room and wheelhouse. The lower deck contains four guest suites, four crew accommodations and a large lazarette which houses the jet skis and other water sports toys. All this and more is contained within a quite splendid pear wood interior fitted by the experts from De Ruiter Quality Interiors.

Like every Pieter Beeldsnijder project, the 44m luxury yacht BN 141 has a wealth of fine detailing inside and out plus the use of a spatial design that is his hallmark. This has required considerable skill on behalf of the Bloemsma Van Breemen craftsmen.

Due for launch in August, the yacht has a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and cruising speed of 14 knots. Her cruising range is 4100 NM.