Royal Huisman's 46 metre in-build superyacht known as Project 405 is set to begin outfitting following the turning of the hull.
The construction milestone, which took place at Royal Huisman's new-build facilities in Vollenhove, marks the beginning of the next construction phase, which will see various components fitted into the yacht.
Speaking about the milestone, owners’ representative Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport said: “We are very happy with the good progress and excellent build quality. For me, personally, and MCM, it is great to be back for a new build at the shipyard in Vollenhove."
Designed by Nauta Design, the yacht is also known as Reichel/Pugh-Nauta 151 and is due for delivery in 2022 after construction began in December 2020.
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,” Massimo Gino, Nauta Design co-founder and partner, previously said.
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.
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.