VOLLENHOVE _ Hard on the heels of news that Royal Huisman had reeled in refit commissions for Eos and Athena _ 2 of the world’s largest sailing yachts _ the company reported 5 additional refit projects. These are heady days for Huisfit: if it normally works on 3 or 4 refits, it is now working on 7 projects!

“Word of mouth is helping us,” says Royal Huisman spokesman Jurjen van ‘t Verlaat. In recent years, Royal Huisman has added significant refit capacity, in the Netherlands and Germany.


The 5 new Huisfit makeovers are: Wisp, (below), a classic-looking 47.5m. (156ft.) Hoek Design; 17m (56ft.) Yonder, (left), a Sparkman & Stephens cruiser and the 30.2m (99ft.) Frers-design Foftein. Huisfit is also refitting the 34m (112ft.) Frers-designed Royal Huisman-built sloop Spiip (electric and electronics upgrades) and of the Herreshoff-built Vagrant, a classic 39m (128ft.) schooner that was launched in 1913

The owner of the latter ordered a stripping and sandblasting of the hull, welding numerous rivets to avoid deformation and leakage, replacing some steel plating, installing new main engines, generators and onboard systems, replacing existing deckhouses, superstructures and skylights and a new teak deck. The yacht’s re-launch is scheduled for the spring of 2019.


Founded in 1884, Royal Huisman has evolved from modest builder of wooden workboats to multiple award-winning creator of large, high-performance superyachts in the world. Team Huisfit will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) at the Royal Huisman stand in “The Superyacht Life” area.