Royal Huisman launches 48m superyacht Wisp

2014-02-24By Tom Isitt

Royal Huisman has announced that hull #393, a classic 48m sloop which now goes by the name of Wisp, has been launched and her carbon composite Rondal mast stepped in the seaport of Harlingen on Holland’s northern coast.

The 48m (156ft) classic sloop is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design, with her raked bow and elegant sheer line and her cutter rig and efficient sail handling systems. The owner’s brief was for a boat that would perform well without excessive heel, hence her relatively beamy hull and spoon bow for a more gentle ride. She has a stained oak and wengé interior by Rhoades Young, which takes advantage of the generous hull volume to create voluminous spaces. There is a spacious full beam-master suite and extensive accommodation for both guests and crew.

'Wisp is a shining example of how a modern sailing yacht can still impart a sense of Corinthian spirit,' says Alice Huisman. 'Her quality design and construction provides ocean-going capability, comfort and performance.' Nigel Ingram of MCM, acting as the owner’s representative, said 'It has been a challenge to meet the owner’s high expectations, but the successful result is thanks to hard work by all concerned. The working relationship with the yard has been enjoyable and the quality of the yacht speaks for itself. We look forward to further developing the relationship with Royal Huisman over future projects.'

Wisp's sea trials and further crew training will take place in the next weeks prior to delivery to her owner later this spring. In the meantime, Royal Huisman’s construction and Huisfit halls are focused on various highly distinctive projects, including three new build yachts ranging in size from just under 40m up to 52m in length overall.