VOLLENHOVE – Whoa! What went wrong at Royal Huisman? Nothing, really. Recently the company flipped the hull of a high-performance sailing yacht it is building at its yard in this picture postcard Dutch town. At 81m (266ft.), Project 400 is Royal Huisman’s largest sailing yacht to date. Rolling her over was a tight squeeze.
The 3-masted contemporary schooner will be ranked in the Top-10 of the world’s largest sailing yachts when Royal Huisman delivers the aluminum yacht in 2020 to an Asian client. It will accommodate 12 guests and 13 crew.
Royal Huisman is collaborating on the project with Dykstra Naval Architects of the Netherlands and the Britain’s Mark Whiteley design studio.
The upside-down hull construction began in mid-2017 in a Royal Huisman hall that had to be extended and upgraded. At the same time, the yard is working on the superstructure, interior accommodation and board systems while its Rondal mast-building unit is crafting the towering Panamax carbon rig and sail-handling system.
The massive hull was wheeled outside and turned over by 4 cranes over a canal next to the Royal Huisman yard. By day’s end, the upright schooner hull had been placed on a cradle and nudged back inside. Yup, just another day at Royal Huisman.