Royal Huisman prepares Black Papillon
Published: Wednesday, 04 May 2011
Dutch builder Royal Huisman, a specialist in highly customised super sailing yachts, has begun construction of a new 43-metre high performance sailing sloop, Black Papillon. Naval architecture was handled by German Frers, a longtime designer of dozens of sailing superyachts. Interior design is being handled by Rhoades Young Limited. Delivery is meant for 2013.
With a hull length of 43 metres, the length on design waterline will be 37.9 metres, with a maximum beam of just under nine metres. The predicted hull speed will be a very sprightly 15 knots. With an air draught of 57.35 metres, Black Papillon will have a 485 square metre main sail, a 437 square metre jib and a 136 square metre staysail. She will have an aluminium hull and is being constructed to MCA and Lloyd’s classification for charter. Among the weight saving installations are an all-carbon fibre standing rigging and spar set.