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Royal Huisman and Malcolm McKeon Reveal 85 Metre Apex 850 Concept

23 September 2020

Dutch yard Royal Huisman has teamed up with Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design to present a new 85 metre sailing superyacht concept named Apex 850.

With a mast taller than the Statue of Liberty, Apex 850 would be the world’s largest sloop if built.

Described as the “most ambitious and inspiring concept to be developed” by Royal Huisman and McKeon, the yacht’s rig measures 107 metres.

As a result, the Apex 850 will “dominate the marine landscape wherever in the world she drops anchor,” the yard said. Royal Huisman also highlighted the “stunning minimalism” of the design and described the yacht as an “extraordinary ocean greyhound”.

One key feature includes a 200 square metre all-glass superstructure, retractable keel and twin high-aspect rudders.

Progress is well underway on the concept, which is already “fully resolved in terms of design, naval architecture and engineering” with all “technical challenges identified and addressed”, the yard said.

Speaking about the concept, Malcolm McKeon said: “The sailing experience of Apex 850 will be sensational, with speeds in excess of wind speed in most conditions.

“Her retractable keel, optimised weight distribution and limited heel angle will provide stability, comfort and safety for all on board. Her twin high aspect rudders will provide a rapid response to her fly by wire helm.”

Royal Huisman chief executive, Jan Timmerman, added: “Two of the world’s ten largest sailing yachts, Athena and Sea Eagle II, are Royal Huisman builds and Apex 850 would make a fitting third, easily becoming the largest member of this elite circle.”

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