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Construction update: Royal Huisman's 46m Project 405 has deckhouse installed

8 April 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

The deckhouse and guest cockpit have been installed on Royal Huisman's 46 metre in-build sailing yacht Project 405. 

The yacht was commissioned by experienced owners and repeat clients of Nauta Design, who are responsible for the exterior of Project 405. Construction is currently underway at Royal Huisman's new-build facilities in Vollenhove and is due for delivery later this year. 

Photography: Tom van Oossanen

The owners wanted to step up to a 46 metre sailing yacht but retain the spirit of their previous yacht, specifically thedeckhouse design. "The deckhouse is essential as it allows to look outside and see the sea while seated in the main salon,” Massimo Gino, Nauta Design co-founder and partner, previously said.

The yacht was commissioned by “very experienced”, repeat clients of Nauta Design

The owners also stipulated a desire to explore the world in a comfortable yacht lightweight enough to make it a serious superyacht regatta contender.

The yacht will harness the yard's Featherlight hull construction, which uses a mix of aluminum and carbon composite to deliver high-performance under sail as well as superior comfort for guests on board. The carbon composite structure and the carbon trunk for the retractable keel have been manufactured at Royal Huisman's sister shipyard, Rondal.

“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 a 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.

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. 

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