Two new contracts for Royal Huisman...

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Two new contracts for Royal Huisman...

Yard Updates

The Dutch yard has recently begun work on the fully custom YN392 and YN393 – respectively a 46m pilot-ketch and a 48m sloop. Both are all-aluminium retro-look projects from Andre Hoek’s studio. So in all it now has no fewer than five work-in-progress projects and deliveries stretch to 2014...

OCTOBER 2011

Dutch yard Royal Huisman has announced two new signed projects, both Alustar-aluminium super-sailers conceived by Dutch naval architect Andre Hoek.
YN392 (a rendering of the forward section of which is pictured above) is a plumb-bowed classically inspired pilot-ketch that has been highly optimised for performance. Her long waterline, lifting keel with trim tab, and carbon spade-rudder are complemented by a fully roached mainsail supported by a complete carbonfibre rig package. Intensive CFD tank and wind tunnel testing is already underway as Hoek Design seeks to leverage its extensive knowledge of such projects to fully realise speed and handling potential.
Redman Whiteley Dixon is responsible for her interior design and serious attention will also be given to achieving high levels of energy-efficiency with onboard systems.
The owners’ project management funstion is being undertaken by Prior Yacht Management, with the Monaco office of YCO overseeing contractual and operational matters.
Delivery is scheduled for 2014 delivery.
Yard number 393 (the rendering of which is below) is a 48m (156ft) classically styled sloop for not only cruising, but also to serve for ‘gentleman’s racing’.
She combines elegant hull, counter stern, sloping deckhouses with a moderate draught, all-carbon cutter rig and efficient sail handling systems. Her interior is by Rhoades Young and owner’s project management is the responsibility of MCM Newport.
Delivery is expected in ’14.
Royal Huisman is presently busy with three other all-Alustar super-sailers.
The furthest advanced of those projects is a 55m (180ft 6in) LOA ‘spirit of tradition’ ketch project (YN388); her name will not be revealed until her finally launching ceremony. Drawn by Dykstra & Partners with strong design references to some of the great working sailboats of the late 19th century, particularly the pilot cutters, this retro beauty sports a plumb bow and bowsprit, a substantial counter, and classic rig, albeit made up of carbon masts and furling booms, and a hydraulic lift-keel that will vary her draught from 4.5-6.75m (14ft 9in-22ft 2in). She will measure 49m (161ft) over the deck and will displace 247 tonnes (543,400lbs) light and when fully loaded around 285 tonnes (628,317lbs). Described as ‘traditional but mellow’, her mahogany interior is down to Rhoades Young. She will be cream-hulled with turquoise antifouling and delivers for early 2012.
The second project uses the same basic design team. The 36.6m (120ft) classic cutter-rigged sloop project (YN390) Bugamena, has also been drawn by Gerry Dijkstra’s team. This beauty will sport a lift keel that will vary her draught from 3.00-5.00m (9ft 10in-16ft 5in) and when fully loaded/half tanks she will eventually displace 130 tonnes (286,600lbs). Her Rhoades Young interior will be an art deco-style affair. She is scheduled to handover in 2012 too.
Then its most recent signing is a 203-tonne German Frers-drawn 43.3m (142ft) YN391 Black Papillon. Sold via Burgess, this high-performance sloop was the yard’s first post-crisis contract. The yard went for effectively two years without an order until this one. Her interior is the responsibility of Rhoades Young and the project management is down to Jens Cornelsen. The yard’s fabrication department started cutting metal for her in November and delivery is scheduled for ’13.
Two work-in-progress projects (YN388 and 390) are being project managed for the owners by Jens Cornelsen's team.
Overall the Royal Huisman yard occupies some 30,000m² (328,000ft²) and employs around 360 directly.
Capacity encompasses customs builds, power and sail, classic and modern, Austar aluminium or composite, from 30m (100ft) to around 90m (300ft). And it also offers refit and repair services, now marketed under the recently established Huisfit brand.

For more, www.royalhuisman.com

© Phil Draper