YARD UPDATE ‘06: Royal Huisman...

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YARD UPDATE ‘06: Royal Huisman...

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Working on ‘Meteor’ and ‘Ethereal’.

JUNE 2006

There are presently two major sailing yachts nearing completion at Royal Huisman Shipyard.
The first project to complete will be the 298-ton Meteor. This classically styled 51.59m (169ft) long-keeled gaff-rigged schooner is the result of a design collaboration between John G Alden and Gerry Dijkstra, the same pairing responsible for the 50.6m (166ft) Borkumriff IV, which launched from Royal Huisman in ‘02. Her mahogany-panelled interior is the work of John Munford. The project manager is Dean Maggio. The owners are Canadians and she is scheduled to deliver in June ’07.
The second project is the 58m (190ft) all-Alustar 472-ton pilothouse-ketch Ethereal. Her American commissioning owners are said to want a scaled-up version of the 43m (141ft) Juliet B, which launched from Royal Huisman in ’92 and is owned by their friends. So the auxiliary ketch Ethereal will benefit from the same creative team — naval architecture by Ron Holland and interior/exterior/detail design by Pieter Beeldsnijder. She will also benefit from an unusual amount of attention as regards her environmental impact. So energy efficient and clean is she likely to be that this one will end up being one of the ‘greenest’ sailing superyachts ever when she delivers in August ’08.
RHS completed two new-build projects for summer ‘06.

'The first to handover was Gliss, a 32m (105ft) Philippe Briand-designed Alustar-aluminium deck-saloon sloop with a vivid aquamarine hull and a displacement of 122 tons...'

The first to handover was Gliss, a 32m (105ft) Philippe Briand-designed Alustar-aluminium deck-saloon sloop with a vivid aquamarine hull and a displacement of 122 tons. She has a limed-oak interior designed by Pieter Beeldsnijder. She was project managed by Klaus Allbrodt. The client is Swiss.
Next came the 35.8m (117ft) 284-ton long-range all-Alustar aluminium motoryacht Arcadia, whose client is based on the USA’s eastern seaboard. She was built to a Tony Castro design and has a Dick Young interior layout in mahogany and teak. Plus she has had inputs from Alan Gilbert, as technical consultant, and James Scott Weaver was responsible for interior decoration. Styling outside and in is described as ‘classical’. Certainly there are plenty of giveaways that she was built by a yard that normally builds sailing yachts rather than motoryachts and they all add significantly to her character and uniqueness. Propulsion comes from twin 540hp Cats. At 10 knots she should have a range in excess of 5,000 nautical miles.
The Royal Huisman philosophy is to do everything in-house.
For example, spar builder and hardware manufacturer Rondal is a daughter company. It occupies a new facility at the main yard and accounts for 65 or so of the yard’s total 230-strong workforce. Beyond its hardware activities that are available to other yards, Rondal has also started to do fabrication work, sub-assemblies and so on, for the likes of Vitters and even Lürssen in Germany.
Royal Huisman also does refit work, especially of old Huisman-built yachts.

For more, www.royalhuisman.com.

© Phil Draper