Project 400 Royal Huisman

Impressive 81m Sailing Yacht Project 400 by Royal Huisman

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 annual Dutch 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 shows the turning of the hull 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 with 38m it has the measurement of a superyacht.

The impressive 38m flybridge moves

Main Specifications

Length over all:81.00 m
Exterior Design:Dykstra Naval Architects / Mark Whitely
Interior Design:Mark Whitely
Naval Architecture:Dykstra Naval Architects
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


NGONI (58m) by Royal Huisman and Dubois

Royal Huisman presents the 58m high-performance sloop Ngoni that wears correctly the byname "The Beast" - penned by the late Ed Dubois.

Pictures were taken by Breed Media

Ngoni is one of the most innovative designs that comes to the real life. I like those owners who bring courage into the superyacht industry to realize those progressive projects. The yacht was created for a highly experienced yachtsman and offshore racing sailor. The design brief said, that the owner wanted a luxurious cruising go-anywhere yacht with high-performance DNA. I haven’t been onboard but I think the project stakeholders delivered exactly that. The statement of requirements in a nutshell:

“Build me a beast. Don’t build me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This has to be an edgy and innovative weapon; fast and furious.”

Owner of the yacht

The impressive 71m carbon mast was built by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary RONDAL that features components by Carbo-Link. Even the style-to-order performance furling boom with a length of 24m could be a big boat by itself and reflects Ngoni‘s profile design.

The haute couture was tailored by North Sails with the 3 Di materials. The yacht wears a total sail area of 1,950 sqm (upwind) and 3,093 sqm (downwind).

The garderobe contains:

Main Sail




Code Zero






Ed Dubois (1952 – 2016) said:

“The bigger the model, the more accurate the results, because you can scale everything except the viscosity of water. Our aim is to reduce the wetted surface to minimize drag, while still retaining good stability. The hull lines will be finalized by November following the results of the tank tests.”

A Williams 565 jet tender is stored forward under the flush deck. A hidden crane moves the tender in or out of the water. Forward is also a pool and enough space set up a sunbathing area with sunshade. Guests can enter the tender via the beach deck with the fold-out swimming platform and an inviting staircase to the cockpit.


NGONI’s Interior design is a creation by Rick Baker and Paul Morgan with signature furniture pieces by Francis Sultana. The full-beam owners’ suite at the aft features a direct access to the beach deck, a gym and a study that can be transformed into further guest areas alongside the two permanent cabins.

Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London-based Rick Baker Ltd. Having been involved in some of the most high-profile projects on the planet, The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.

The deckhouse has two separated area. The front part is dedicated to the crew with navigation desk and direct access down to the crew area with the mess, galley, and six double crew cabins. The rear part is a socializing area with coffee table seating, dining, and a bar.

Comments on the project

Ed Dubois:

“Given their reputation for excellence, Royal Huisman was the owner’s choice of shipyard from the very start.This is a thought-provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style, and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for both designer and shipyard.”

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

Alice Huisman:

“A great client, a great design team, and a great project. Everything about this project has our name on it: Royal Huisman is the perfect fit for every aspect of the project and the requirements to build it.”

NGONI was launched in April 2017.

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

Main Specifications

Length over all:58.15 m
Beam:9.54 m
Draft:5.30 m - 8.10 m (Lifting Keel)
Exterior Design:Dubois Naval Architects
Naval ArchitectureDubois Naval Architects
Interior Design:Rick Baker / Paul Morgan
Interior accent pieces and exotic finishes:Francis Sultana
Light Design:The Light Corporation
Hull Speed (Basic Engines17 knots
Main Sail853 m²
Blade:687 m²
Code Sail:1097 m²
Stay Sail:289 m²
Mast Height / Air Draft:71.00 m / 75.00m
Displacement:353 t
Gross Tonnage:396 gt

Profile & General Arrangement


Deck Layout NGONI Sailing Yacht
Deck Layout

NGONI General Arrangement
General Arrangement

Last but not least: Interviews with the naval architect and interior designer of Ngoni

Naval Architect Ed Dubois

ED: The owner wanted me to take a fresh look at large yacht design. He wanted me to go back to my roots in the late 1970s and ‘80s when we were designing race boats, but he also knew we had designed a number of high-performance yachts that were nevertheless seaworthy and comfortable cruisers. So I had to reset my internal computer, if you like, and look hard at how we could save weight and add strength. That’s how the reverse sheer came about.     

Can you explain the concept behind the reverse sheer?

ED: Think of a sloop as a bow and arrow: the bow is the hull, the arrow is the mast and the string is the forestay and backstay. You can imagine that tension creates an awful lot of bending moment, which is fine if you can compensate with a strong, deep beam in the structural sense, but the Beast has a relatively low freeboard and shallow beam with no structural superstructure. Then you make the situation worse by making holes in the deck for tender bays, sail lockers, and hatches – metal that would usually resist the compression in the deck. You can overcome that by adding a substantial sheer strake and Ngoni has a top plate of solid 35mm aluminum that acts like a ring beam around the hull, but it’s still a struggle to come up with the required stiffness. So then I started thinking about a reverse sheer, which is much like the structure of a bridge where the road is convex to resist the compression created by the weight of the traffic. We ran it through our structural analysis program and suddenly we had a 12 percent increase in stiffness for the same weight. It’s something you sometimes see on high-performance boats like Samurai, but this is the first time I’ve designed a sailing yacht with a reverse sheer.

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

It also affects the exterior profile, of course. Was the owner happy with the look of the boat?

ED: He wanted a yacht that was fast and punchy without losing the concept of a world cruising boat, which allowed me to think outside the box and defy convention. I remember when he initially came to the office I sketched out a design and he said, “It’s OK, but a bit ordinary. What are you going to do now?” I went away and came up with the reverse sheer, but was worried he might not like it. The next time we met in London I showed him the design and he loved it – in fact, he gave me a big bear hug! Actually, Ngoni has a convex sheer at the maximum bending moment amidships that transforms into a concave sheer aft, which looks more attractive and provides better visibility from the cockpit.

To what extent were you involved in the interior layout and design?

ED: With all our designs – except Twizzle, because we joined the project later – we’ve developed the initial space planning. As naval architects, we know where the primary elements such as the mast, the keel box, and the engine room should be. The associated structures around these have a profound effect on the interior layout, especially on a sailing boat. I also very much enjoy dealing with the architecture – as opposed to the naval architecture – of a boat: the flow from one space to another and the lifestyle the owner enjoys (or endures!) on board. So we created the general arrangement and introduced some of the curved shapes into the interior, which provided the template for the interior designers Rick Baker and Paul Morgan.

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

There is a fine distinction between speed and comfort; does that mean compromises had to be made?

ED: I prefer the word “balance” to “compromise”. To produce a balanced design you have to understand the true purpose of the boat from the owner’s perspective. That means you have to get to know him or her well enough to understand what they really want, which is not always easy as some owners have very clear ideas and others are not too sure. The owner of Ngoni is an experienced sailor who has raced in the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart, and he knew I understood both the racing and cruising side. Like Frers and Briand, I started my career designing race boats and then transferred into large cruising yachts, so my job as a designer today is to get the right balance of speed, seaworthiness and long-range cruising ability based on the owner’s brief. I don’t think you can do that successfully unless you’ve sat for hours on the weather rail of a boat you’ve designed yourself and got cold and wet and possibly frightened or felt the excitement when you win and disappointment when you lose. You learn how a sailing boat behaves in all conditions on the race course – it is that experience that has given me the confidence to design a large sailing yacht and be pretty certain it’s going to work.

Given the need for speed, was a carbon fiber hull ever considered?

ED: It was, briefly, at the very beginning. The owner wanted to know about all the options and we presented him with comparisons in terms of weight, cost and build times. But there were other considerations at stake: sure, we could make a lighter and faster boat out of carbon, but would it be as comfortable and suitable for world cruising? Carbon hulls have a more aggressive motion at sea, which beyond the issue of seasickness is not very comfortable for long-range cruising. They also tend to be noisy, so some of the weight you’ve saved goes back on the boat as acoustic insulation. Again, it all came down to balance: understanding the true purpose of the yacht and coming up with the right formula, which is the delicious thing about being a designer. It’s like the satisfaction you get from solving a complicated mathematical equation. And people put their trust in you and pay you do it!

Interior Designer Rick Baker Ltd.

Please introduce yourselves

Rick Baker Limited is a bespoke cabinetmaking company which is very firmly art based. Both myself (Rick Baker) and co-director, Paul Morgan, have been through the art college system – I studied illustration and fine art, and Paul originally started off studying architecture before transferring to furniture design and manufacture.

In my twenties, I moved into furniture design and it did not take too long before we became involved with clients that were looking for originality of design and exemplary workmanship. As the company has grown, so has our reputation for producing quirky one-offs.

We employ twelve cabinetmakers and are fortunate to have never needed to advertise for work.

What brief were you given?

We have worked on many projects for these clients, and they asked if we could come up with a scheme for the interiors for the yacht. We were obviously delighted to be involved and had a series of meetings to determine the brief and direction for the yacht styling.

Yacht NGONI Interior Breedmedia

What was your initial reaction?

The design of the yacht is so unique, and it is obviously very exciting to be part of the team working on such a ‘one-off’. The curved shape of a yacht calls for a different approach – we have made a lot of curved furniture, but it was always to fit into square rooms!

Did the brief present any opportunities?

Yes, it was fantastic to meet the team involved in the building of the yacht. It has given us great insight at the highest level. It has also been very interesting to see how the boatyard approaches manufacture generally.

This project also presents us with an incredible opportunity to bring some new ideas to the more traditional styling of many current yachts.

Sailing Yacht NGONI Interior

Are there challenges to overcome?

The main challenge comes from the fact that, although we have designed and made freestanding pieces for motor yachts in the past, we have never been asked to design the complete interior of a sailing yacht.

But this also means we can challenge the status quo. We design with only half an eye on what supposedly can or can’t be done on a yacht, then, with the advice of Royal Huisman, we resolved most problems together.

What are the steps between brief and delivery?

We have a relatively simple design process which starts with a client meeting where we throw lots of ideas into the air – we land some of those ideas and we write copious notes. We then work on visuals and scale drawings to present to the clients and then rework those drawings with the design development that has come out of that meeting. We have been fortunate to work closely on several projects for these clients and have developed an understanding of their ideas, likes and dislikes.

Sailing Yacht NGONI Mess Galley

How do you collaborate with the project team?

We had initial design concept meetings with Ed Dubois and Royal Huisman to agree to a strategy. And, as I have already mentioned, we work with Royal Huisman to make sure our concepts are fit for purpose as part of a superyacht interior. Also, the experience and advice from Goddy (Project Manager) and Iain Cook (Build Captain) have been invaluable.

Is there an overall ‘theme’?

The yacht is a total one-off, with a unique design by Ed Dubois, and the interiors had to reflect the same state of the art design. So we have consciously avoided giving the yacht a theme but rather chose to make the different areas very individual. It was important to us to not let the craft feel like a hotel and to avoid repetition in the cabins etc.

NGONI Master Bathroom Breed Media

Are you using any unusual materials?

Innovative design still has to be practical and visually comfortable. The ‘standard’ response would be to mix high-sheen lacquer and hardwoods. Instead, we have selected some specialist finishes which would not normally be associated with a contemporary yacht. These include artisan resin panels and metalized spray and lacquered textured effects.

Have you learned anything?

Having been involved in such a wonderful project has given us a different way of seeing and designing, although of course not all of that can be applied to domestic interiors. It has encouraged us to consider new rhythms of furniture design.

Master Suite NGONI Sailing yacht

How do you think people will react?

I believe that other people will enjoy slowly observing the yacht and interiors when they first board – in the same way, that people attune themselves to understand abstract art. They will inspect carefully and hopefully understand and warm to their surroundings.

Can you sum up the project in a few words?

It has certainly been, quite literally, a learning curve. Our voyage on land with the team has been educational and we hope the journey continues and that the yacht proves itself to be something really special – ‘The Beast’ of speed and fun.

NGONI Guest Cabin Starboard

Update January 28th, 2018: NGONI won two awards at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018 in Kitzbühel: Best Naval Architecture & Best Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts.

Launch and Construction Impressions

Video by Cloudshots

Aquarius Yacht Royal Huisman

AQUARIUS (56m) by Royal Huisman

Renowned Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman starts construction of 56m classic ketch "Aquarius" designed by Dykstra Naval Architects with interior design by Mark Whitely Design.

Aquarius will be equipped with carbon spars and booms which have a Panamax height limitation. The hull design details feature oval portholes, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast to flood the owner’s suite with daylight.

Aquarius will carry a 6.2m jet drive tender behind the foremast. She gets a large 3m side boarding platform and the twin helm station will be a part of the main cockpit.

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects says:

“The owner’s brief for Aquarius has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment. We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with her ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and spade rudder will assure light air agility to her otherwise all round performance. We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers, and bicycles she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas.”

AQUARIUS Royal Huisman Sailplan

Interior designer Mark Whiteley comments:

“The interior will compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted paneling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber. The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner’s family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym. One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner’s extended family with twin beds that can convert to a Queen double with a set of Pullman berths above. The gymnasium too will have an optional Pullman fitted.“

Delivery for Aquarius is scheduled for autumn 2017. Her maiden voyage will be in the Caribbean at the islands of the West Indies.

Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit

VAGRANT (1913) gets rejuvenating cure at Huisfit

The 39m Schooner-rigged yacht VAGRANT from 1913 will be completely rebuilt by Huisfit - the refit division of Royal Huisman.

Vagrant was designed over 100 years ago by the American naval architect Nathanael G. Herreshoff aka Captain Nat. Herreshoff designed also some America’s Cup defenders.

Royal Huisman will strip her completely off and will reanimate her graceful lines with a new crew quarter. Technical installation like the engine, generator, heating, air condition and so on will be smartly installed.

Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit
Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit

Dykstra Naval Architects will redesign her schooner-rig with yankee, staysail, main staysail and queen fisherman. Rondal will build new aluminum masts including a furling system for the fisherman sail and mainsail.

Relaunch is scheduled for 2019.

Main Specifications

Length over all:39.00 m
Length Hull:33.00 m
Length Waterline:25.00 m
Beam:7.00 m
Draft:4.00 m
Original Launch Year:1913
Naval Architecture:Nathanael Greene Herreshoff

Sail Plan (Post Refit)

Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit

During the Superyacht Press Tour 2018, I’ve visited the facilities of Royal Huisman in Vollenhove. In one hall was the hull of VAGRANT. The yacht was totally stripped – the whole interior, piping, wiring, deck equipment etc. will be renewed – a very impressive restauration project.

More Impressions

Adèle Royal Huisman Norway

Adèle shines bright like a Diamond in Norway...

... and is the light in the beautiful sea [...] - Thanks to Huisfit, the refit division of Royal Huisman is Adèle like new.

Adèle pictures in Norway: Taken by the crew. Pictures at the yard: Priska van der Meulen

This yacht is one of the most beautiful sailing yachts designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects. The original builder was Vitters in 2005. Royal Huisman’s refit division Huisfit gave her a new dress and she shines bright again – better than new through the upgrades.

The crew took some awesome pictures during the journey in Norway. The owners of Adèle are very satisfied with Huisfit’s work.

After the journey in Norway, she will be back to the Netherlands, then to Central America, the Panama Canal, South Pacific and beyond (according to the captain).

Adèle Royal Huisman Norway
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Adele Huisfit Spitsbergen
Adele huisfit Naeroyfjorden Norway

Adèle is a real blue water cruising yacht. Her first owner was Jan-Erik Osterlund who traveled two years around the world with her. He published pictures from the journeys on his website. Also, the current owners use her extensively.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to me, it lies in the classic lines of yachts like the old Prince of Wales’s Britannia and Kaiser Wilhelm’s Meteor, or the America’s Cup yachts of the thirties – long overhangs, low freeboards, a flush deck and tall masts.” Jan-Erik Österlund

In addition to the Norway pictures here some impressions when she came out of the shed, taken by Priska van der Meulen:

Adele Royal Huisman Huisfit
Adele refit huisfit

List of done work

  • Service and complete overhaul of propulsion, generators, thrusters and other onboard systems
  • Climate control upgrades, including new chiller, fan coils and ducting
  • Replacement of batteries
  • Exchanging existent lighting system to LEDs
  • Upgrade and replacement of electronics for navigation, communication, alarm & monitoring
  • Repairs of the interior
  • New teak deck and partial replacement of the cap rails
  • Servicing of hatches, winches and various deck equipment
  • Painting of the inside of the hull and parts of the interior

Andre Engblom, the captain since her launch, acted as owner's representative during the refit in Vollenhove and answered some questions.

How important is it to program refit work well in advance to ensure the best outcome?

We started planning 18 months in advance. This pre-planning process was really important from the perspective of ensuring accurate project management to avoid conflict between the various trades. This, in turn, allows for seamless progression through the work list with optimal efficiency. The input of Taco Zwarts [ed. the owner’s project manager during the Huisfit period] leading up to the refit was invaluable, both technically and financially.

Why the decision to refit in Holland as opposed to the Med?

In one word: quality. The Dutch are renowned as boat builders and Royal Huisman is the epitome of a Dutch shipyard. The owners were proud to bring the boat to a yard with such a prestigious history and reputation.

What was the experience of your crew during their time in Vollenhove?

It was a rather damp winter, but the crew’s time in Holland was pleasurable thanks to the hospitality and great family atmosphere in the village, which carried over to the shipyard. Great friendships were made that will last well into the future.

In terms of determining the refit schedule and work list, how significant was it that you were involved in the original build of the yacht?

Being involved in the original build at Vitters meant that both Taco and I had in-depth knowledge of Adèle right down to her foundations. This meant that together with Huisfit we had a winning combination; we brought vital past knowledge that Royal Huisman could draw on to carry Adèle elegantly into her future travels.

Main Specifications

Length over all:54.64 m
Length waterline:38.40 m
Beam:9.50 m
Draft:4.80 m
Type:Ketch-rigged sailing yacht
Exterior Design:Hoek Design Naval Architects
Interior Design:Hoek Design Naval Architects
Displacement298 t
Ballast85 t
Adele Refit Royal Huisman
Huisfit Royal Huisman Yacht Adele
Huisfit Royal Huisman Adele

SEA EAGLE - Royal Huisman 43

SEA EAGLE - Royal Huisman 43

Royal Huisman presents SEA EAGLE - a 43m sailing yacht, designed by Germán Frers (exterior, naval architecture) and Rhoades Young (interior) for Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Dr. Samuel Yin.

Pictures by Carlo Baroncini

SEA EAGLE has a performance-oriented aluminum hull, powered by over 1,000 sqm sail area upwind on a carbon mast.

Video credits: Fotoarcobaleno & Nicola Bozzo

The stern area has a folding hatch with stairs to transform into a beach club. There is also the place for the 5.20m Castoldi jet tender.

The deck house

is equipped with a dining area, navigation desk, and a cozy conversation zone.

Flex cabin

which can be a gym or a VIP cabin.

Owner’s cabin

with twin bed configuration, office desk, sofa and extra ladderway from the second cockpit at the aft.

More Impressions

SEA EAGLE will spend the summer in Norway and Sweden before she sets sails to the Caribbean.

SEA EAGLE Royal Huisman 43 Carlo Baroncini

Owner Dr. Samuel Yin and Alice Huisman

Main Specifications

Length over all:43.31 m
Length waterline:37.91 m
Beam:8.98 m
Draft:4.50 m
Exterior Design:Germán Frers
Interior Design:Rhoades Young
Deck Material:Aluminum
Hull Material:Aluminum
Mast:Carbon (made by Rondal)
Main Engine:Caterpillar C18 SCAC, 533 kW @ 2100 rpm
Guests:2 guest cabins and 1 gym with 2 Pullman bunks + 1 Owner Suite
Crew:3 Cabins
Hull Speed:14.96 knots
Main Sail:506 m2
Blade Jib:459 m2
Staysail:142 m2

Layout & Sail Plan

SEA EAGLE Royal Huisman 43 Carlo Baroncini
Deck Layout

SEA EAGLE Royal Huisman 43 Carlo Baroncini
Interior Layout

SEA EAGLE Royal Huisman 43 Carlo Baroncini
Sail Plan

Antares Yacht Royal Huisman

Video: 40m S/Y 'Antares' by Royal Huisman

40m ketch-rigged sailing yacht 'Antares' was built by Royal Huisman and designed by Dixon Yacht Design with interior design by Rhoades Young Design.

Video made by Waterline Media

Huisfit Royal Huisman General

Success for Huisfit in 2015 - The Refit Brand by Royal Huisman

Huisfit - the brand of Royal Huisman's refit devision announced repeat clients for 2015.


Hyperion enjoyed the summer in Scandinavian waters. She returned to the yard for final works: She will get a new teak deck, new hull paint, upgrade of shaft and propeller, new main switchboard, new generators and an upgrade of her navigation and communication systems with new PLC hardware and alarm and monitoring software.

Hyperion was built in 1998 by Royal Huisman

Pictures by Daniel Rawlins

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Huisfit team on travel: When the yacht's calendar is full the Huisfit team comes to the yacht. The team traveled to Palma and worked on some refreshing works on the interior, rigg inspecting and update of the electrical system.

Athena was built by Royal Huisman in 2004

Pictures by Max Cumming and the crew of Athena

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The 55m ketch booked a slot at the yard for next winter. She was built in 2006 by Vitters.

Pictures by the crew of Adéle


No, this 71m motor yacht isn't a conversion of a military ship. This is the original design by Espen Oeino. She was built in 2002 by Lürssen. Owner and captain were excited of the refit in 2012 that they decided again for Huisfit. Skat will get new teak deck, overhaul of her sewage plant, service of the transom doors, passarelle, side-boarding platforms and cranes. The hull and superstructre will be repainted.

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The 40m ketch will undergo a 10-year Lloyds survey, genset rebuilding, new teak deck, servicing her thrusters, surveying the rig, and repainting her hull, superstructure and spars.

She was built by Royal Huisman in 2005. Designed by Bill Dixon

Photos by Waterline Media and Tom Nitsch

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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

The profile picture (edited by The Owen Agency) is available in higher resolution

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

Blue Papillon by Royal Huismanon Royal Huisman Yacht

Blue Papillon by Royal Huisman

Blue Papillon is a 43m sailing yacht built by Royal Huisman in 2013 and designed by Germán Frers with interior design by Rhoades Young.

Germán Frers gave her a high-performance hull with a fixed keel and a deckhouse witha low profile. The yacht is easy to sail with a minimal crew of two thanks to carbon fiber rig with a furling system by Rondal.

Blue Papillon has three cockpits and an extended roof over the main cockpit to give shade. The owner’s cockpit at the aft deck has a retractable tarpaulin for some extra privacy when the crew is doing her job. Also, a large sun bed is located there.

Blue Papillon Royal Huisman
Blue Papillon by Royal Huismanon Royal Huisman Yacht

Because the transom door is closed we don’t see the “beach deck”. A fold-down platform with staircase to enjoy the time at anchor.

Blue Papillon has a clean flush deck. Many parts are recessed like the hatches and their hinges. She is also equipped with a swing-over anchor system.

A 4.5m tender is stored in the lazarette. Another can find a place on the foredeck.

Images by Fly Pictures

Blue Papillon by Royal Huisman
Blue Papillon by Royal Huisman

Main Specifications

Length over all:43.31 m
Beam:8.98 m
Draft:4.50 m
Exterior Design:Germán Frers
Naval Architecture:Germán Frers
Interior Design:Rhoades Young
Mainsail:506 m²
Yankee Sail527 m²
Blade Sail459 m²
Mast Height57 m

48m Wisp by Royal Huisman Cory Silken

WISP - 48m Classic styled sailing yacht by Royal Huisman

WISP - a newbie with a classic yacht dress and a wisp of history feel.

Wisp pictures by Cory Silken and Carlo Baroncini

The Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman launched the beautiful Hoek design with interior styling by Rhoades Young earlier this year. Now Wisp is back from her maiden voyage in Norway with a pack of images and more information for the public.

Royal Huisman and Hoek Design accepted the challenge to develop a gentleman’s sailing yacht with much comfort for long voyages and enough speed to show her stern to other yachts.

48m Wisp by Royal Huisman Cory Silken

Her cutter rig was built by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary Rondal in carbon composite. The cutter-rig sail-plan was designed for balance and simple handling while cruising and the possibility of using overlapping genoas for racing, with much thought going into the track positioning and winch sizes to handle the increased loads and speeds during regattas.

The result is an uncluttered expanse of teak decking fore and aft with few obstacles to disturb the sense of harmony. Indeed, throughout the yacht’s exterior woodwork has been rationalized by examining and simplifying every joint and detail to create calming guest areas with plenty of hidden storage and an efficient navigation cockpit. Instead of the more typical stranded wire, solid stainless steel lifelines linking the deck- mounted stanchions provide non-sailors with an added sense of security and add an elegant, polished look.

Wisp features traditional waterfall margins between the teak decking and the superstructures – a detail requiring much thicker pieces of carefully selected timber to provide a consistent grain and perfect fit and finish.

The custom helm stations and steering wheels represent works of art in their own right. Various options were considered, from traditional all-wood to modern wheels in carbon fiber. In the end, a graceful design was chosen with 20 polished stainless steel spokes, rimmed with a delicate bead detail, which radiate from a central hub, itself clad with teak that has been lovingly milled and fitted by hand. In addition, the detailing of daylight readable control panels and surrounding seating areas were designed to optimize space and present a visual impression of low volume.

Further deck space has been freed up by placing the Rondal winches for the main halyard, mainsheet and preventer below deck in a separate compartment adjoining the engine room, which can still be quickly accessed from the forward engine room entrance and monitored via CCTV cameras.

To ensure the 6.2m (20ft) owner’s tender blends in with the sweeping sheer of the hull, it is partially recessed into a pocket on the foredeck. Another notable deck feature is the crew cockpit just forward of the main mast. With a convertible car-style retractable dodger, protective coamings, storage and direct access below deck to the dinette, it provides a secure assembly point within easy reach of the deck equipment while under sail and a relaxing social area when at anchor.

Interior of WISP

Wisp’s owner wanted a light, airy and calming interior. The owner calls it in one word: „jolly“. Rhoades Young selected a light oak that has stained a soft honey amber to match the owner’s personal taste.

 The owners have an own area in the aft of Wisp with an own deckhouse and own entry. But it is also accessible from the main deckhouse over the guest area which is between main deck house and owner’s area. The owner’s area has a full beam bedroom.

For guests is one cabin with two beds and two double bed cabins onboard. All cabins have an ensuite.

“From an architectural point of view, we created an unusual open-plan interior layout that is designed in layers to reveal itself gradually,” says Jonathan Rhoades. “Below deck, you are lead from space to space and at each destination, the rooms feel resolved and complete. It is only on exploring further that you realize they open onto other spaces until finally all the layers are peeled back to reveal salons and cabins with huge sightlines through the various deck levels linking the interior and exterior.”

Main Specifications

Length over all:47.65 m
Beam:9.50 m
Draft:4.45 m
Exterior Design:Hoek Design
Naval Architecture:Hoek Design
Interior Design:Rhoades Young
Engine:1x Caterpillar C18 Acert / 533 kW (715 HP) @2100 rpm
Hull Speed14 knots
Mainsail:577 m²
Yankee Sail527 m²
Blade Sail457 m²
Staysail236 m²
Multi Purpose Spinnaker1252 m²
Fuel Capacity:22.000 l (in 4 Tanks)
Tenders and Toys:1x Williams 565 Tender Diesel Jet
1x Bombard commando C3 sports boat 15HP

Profile, Sail Plan and Layouts

WISP Sailplan
Profile / Sail-Plan

Wisp Deck Plan
Deck Layout


Wisp Layout
Cabin Layout

elfje 46m Ketch by Royal Huisman

The new 46m ketch by Royal Huisman leaves Harlingen for Sea trials

The new 46m Hoek designed sailing yacht ELFJE by Royal Huisman leaves Harlingen for sea trials

This plumb-bowed Classic Pilot Ketch has been highly optimized for performance. Her long waterline, lifting keel with trim tab and carbon spade rudder is complemented by a powerful, fully-roached sail plan supported by a complete carbon fiber rig package. Intensive CFD tank and wind tunnel testing are already underway as Hoek Design seeks to leverage its extensive knowledge of such projects to fully realize speed and handling potential.

Fine exterior lines and proven sea-keeping characteristics of ELFJE will combine with luxurious and spacious accommodation to create an exceptional yacht with the ability to go anywhere in comfort, style and security. Serious attention will also be given to achieving high levels of energy-efficiency in developing her systems, with an equal commitment to maintaining a design aesthetic that faithfully acknowledges her sailing forebears. A unique interior design will be crafted by the equally renowned Redman Whiteley Dixon design team. Material selection will be based not only on design aesthetics but upon the inherent potential as a renewable resource.

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