Published: Monday, 24 July 2017

The construction of the 81m (266ft) three-masted schooner has commenced at the shipyard’s facilities in Vollenhove. The shipyard’s largest aluminium yacht will have her world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017 (September 27-30) at stand QE14.

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(Images: Royal Huisman - 81m three-masted schooner)

With an Asian owner, the project was unveiled by the shipyard, Dykstra Naval Architects, desigmer Mark Whiteley and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016. 

Within a year, Royal Huisman completed the design phase, the construction planning and a large part of the engineering, along with the upgrade of the shipyard’s largest shipbuilding hall for the new project.

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The keel was laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction.

The exterior design is the result of the joint effort of Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design. The superstructure features a half-raised bridge for inside steering. The yacht’s flybridge offers full controls during sailing, seating for guests close with navigation and sunbathing. The sheltered main cockpit beneath the flybridge features a bar, sofas and a large table. 

The newly developed sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels provides transition from the cockpit into the interior, whereas the flybridge steering stations give access to the hydraulically operated crow’s nest for a ride up the main mast. 

Watersports gear including water scooters, guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks and SUP boards will be stored under the aft deck. The deck design highlights the crew tender in front being recessed into a pocket, which can be used as a cockpit after launch. The design of the crew entrance on the foredeck ties in with the looks of the main deckhouse.

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The hull comes with a hard chine and schooner rig. The carbon rig by Rondal – ‘clearing Panama Bridge’ – will be supported by carbon standing rigging.

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explained: “The plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance.”

Towing tests, wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and a Velocity Prediction Programme are undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.

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Mark Whiteley designed the interior based on Alpi Walnit bulkheads and comprises oak floors. Alpi is a natural material that possesses eco sustainable quality. The yacht can be used for family gatherings as well as business meetings.

The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests, featuring a combined saloon with seating and a large table with 16 seats for formal dining.

She can sleep up to 11 guests and 13 crew. The project is expected to deliver in 2020.