Construction on the yacht, which is also known as Reichel/Pugh-Nauta 151, began in December 2020.
More revealed: Royal Huisman's in-build 46m sailing yacht Project 405
The yacht was commissioned by “very experienced”, repeat clients of Nauta Design, for whom the studio previously designed a 34 metre sailing yacht.
The owners wanted to step up to a 46 metre sailing yacht but retain the spirit of the previous yacht, specifically the deckhouse design.
"The deckhouse is essential as it allows to look outside and see the sea while seated in the main salon,” said Massimo Gino, Nauta Design co-founder and partner.
The owners also stipulated a desire to explore the world in a comfortable yacht lightweight enough to make it a serious superyacht regatta contender. As a result, the yacht will be built from lightweight aluminium and carbon composite.
“Combining comfort and safety to explore the world with an extremely lightweight yacht that was competitive in superyacht regattas wasn’t an easy task,” said Mario Pedol, co-founder of Nauta Design. “The owner wanted a solid, autonomous and safe yacht that was also efficient and modern with a powerful sail plan.”
Elsewhere, the yacht features a wide transom of almost 10 metres, complete with an aft deck that folds out to create a beach platform. The guest cockpit is shaded by carbon composite hardtop and features a full-size dining table, coffee tables and sofa seating
After commissioning the yacht via video conferencing and telephone calls, the owners are taking a hands-on role in the design and build of their yacht. They have consequently appointed their own project team consisting of MCM Newport’s Nigel Ingram and a professional race team.
Nauta Design is responsible for the concept and has penned the yacht inside and out while Reichel/Pugh is responsible for the yacht’s naval architecture. Rondal will provide the yacht’s carbon Panamax rig.
Accommodation on board is for a total of eight guests, as well as a crew of eight. Delivery is scheduled for 2022.
Speaking about the start of construction, Royal Huisman chief executive Jan Timmerman said: “In spite of Covid-19 restrictions, work on all aspects of Project 405 continues as planned.
"The full project team, designers, architects, our engineers are on schedule – mostly working remotely from home – so the development of the design and systems continues while our inhouse craftsmen have made a start with the production."
He added: "At this moment we are looking forward to the next milestone: the hull turning at Royal Huisman’s headquarters in Vollenhove.”