Royal Huisman unveiled the 47m sailing yacht NILAYA aka Project 405 aka Nauta Reichel Pugh 151.

NILAYA (the name means blissful home) is a 47m lightweight sloop-rigged sailing yacht made of aluminum and carbon composite. The yacht weighs 11 percent less than typical aluminum cruising sailing yachts. Nauta Design delivered the exterior and the interior design, while the speed specialists Reichel/Pugh made the calculations. Even the owner’s professional racing team was involved. The carbon-fiber rig by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary Rondal has a Panamax height to cross the Panama Canal. The owner’s brief calls for a comfortable yacht with the potential to win superyacht regattas.

“And the owners did not just want to take delivery of such an intriguing yacht; they wanted to be part of the whole process of designing and building it, and enjoy every step of the way. Which is why from the moment of the project’s inception, the owners drew together the team that could realize this experience for them”

The yacht accommodates ten guests, including the owners and a crew of eight people.

Sailing Yacht Nilaya Royal Huisman

Project 405 has been contracted remote

Due to the global COVID-19 situation, Royal Huisman contracted Project 405 with video conferencing between the owners, the design and development team, and the owners’ representative Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport.

Sailing Yacht Nilaya Royal Huisman

Mario Pedol of Nauta Design reports back from the sea trials of Nilaya, the 47m Royal Huisman custom sailing yacht that is Nauta Design’s current sail division flagship: “A full day in beautiful sunny and windy weather in the North Sea off Amsterdam showed how Nilaya’s performance under sail is truly outstanding,” Pedol says. “By the time the mainsail was hoisted, the breeze had built to a steady 18 knots. We sailed on a broad reach with the mainsail and Code Zero and rapidly reached a truly impressive 17 kt. boat speed. It was just the beginning of a great day of sailing with the Owner and all of the main players of his and the Builder’s teams. This fantastic yacht showed to really match all of the quite demanding main aspects of the Owners’ brief. Royal Huisman masterly succeeded in engineering and building the yacht, fulfilling the Owner’s request in terms of robustness, reliability, quietness, and last but not least, amazing performance under sail, thanks to super high-level Naval Architecture by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design.

NILAYA during the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2024

The sailing yacht NILAYA took third place overall.

Photos by Cory Silken