Royal Huisman, Van Oossanen win 3 awards at 2018 FLIBS

FORT LAUDERDALE _ The 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) had just begun when 2 Dutch companies, leaders in far apart corners of global yacht building, won 3 awards.

At a gala dinner of the International Superyacht Society, Royal Huisman’s 58m (190ft.) performance sailing yacht Ngoni (above) won the “Best Sailing Yacht 40m+” and “Best Interior” awards.

And Van Oossanen Naval Architects won a technology award for its Hull Vane, an under-the-transom foil that gives motor yachts a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency, a higher top speed and a longer range.

The jury was struck by the simplicity and effectiveness of the Hull Vane (RIGHT), a Van Oossanen-patented technology. Initially created for the America’s Cup, it is appearing on a growing number of yachts, commercial vessels and naval ships.

Hull Vane Sales Director Bruno Bouckaert says the Hull Vane can achieve fuel savings of 10 to 29%, a higher top speed and a longer range. It also dampens ship motions and onboard noise. “We have installed a Hull Vane on 9 yachts and several Hull Vane yachts are in build,” he tells Dutch Yacht Building. “The yachting sector is the biggest market for the Hull Vane. On the commercial side, the Hull Vane appears on 2 passenger vessels, 2 patrol boats and an offshore vessel.” Hull Vane is a unit of Van Oossanen Naval architects.

“We see builders starting serial construction with a Hull Vane as a standard attribute,” says Bouckaert. “That’s how they can save on engine power and build a smaller fuel tank for the same speed and range. “In yacht building, the comfort aspect of the Hull Vane is at least as important as energy savings.”

To Royal Huisman, Ed Dubois-designed Ngoni, launched in early 2017, was a special project from the outset. The owner’s brief stated _ in capital letters _ “Build me a beast. Don’t build me a sheep in wolf’s clothing.” And interior designer Rick Baker Ltd. Was told: “Don’t design a traditional yacht interior.”

The “Best Interior” award was chosen from all nominees _ sail and power – of 24m (80ft) and up delivered worldwide in 2017. Ngoni also won top honors at 3 other superyacht award events this year. Recently, Royal Huisman delivered the 56m (184ft.) ketch Aquarius. The yard is now working on 7 large refits and 2 new builds _ an 81m (266ft) schooner (world’s largest aluminum sailing yacht,” delivery 2020) and “Project Phi,” a motor yacht of over 55m (180ft).