VOLLENHOVE – The year 2021 is off to a spectacular start at Huisfit, refit unit of Royal Huisman. It announced it will restore the 90-year-old motorsailer Atlantide, owned by American entrepreneur and computer scientist Jim Clark.
Designed by naval architect Alfred Mylne and built by the British shipyard, Philip & Sons of Dartmouth, Atlantide will undergo a complete restoration. The 37m (122ft) vessel was shipped from Newport, RI, to the Netherlands. It arrived at Royal Huisman in the first week of 2021.
The Atlantide project comes hard on the heels of Huisfit’s 2020 refit of the famous J-Class yacht Hanuman, also owned by Clark. Royal Huisman built Hanuman in 2009. Other J-Class projects by the Dutch yard: Hyperion (1998) and Athena (2004).
Royal Huisman is a premier maker of one-off, high-performance yachts and has an established record of success with restoring classics, conversions and rebuilds.
Speaking of Clark, Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman says, “If a discerning client commissions a fourth, very substantial project … you just know the work you perform is truly appreciated.”
In 2020, Royal Huisman won the “Best Rebuilt Yacht” award for its work on Vagrant, a Herreshoff schooner built in 1913. “We look forward to starting a new restoration in addition to the current refit projects of Huisfit,” says Timmerman.
The Atlantide project will be delivered in early 2022.