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Credit: Bjorn Mierop

60m Royal Huisman sailing yacht Sarissa begins sea trials

17 April 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

The 59.7-metre sailing yacht Sarissa has left the Royal Huisman yard to begin sea trials in the North Sea. Also known as Project 404, the project has been kept tightly under wraps since it was first announced in January 2019. 

Design on the custom build comes from Malcolm McKeon and Christian Liaigre.

The high-performance sloop had her hull turned in September 2020 at the shipyard's headquarters in Vollenhove with her owners present.  She hit the water earlier in 2023 and had her masts stepped shortly after.

Credit: Bjorn Mierop

Project 404 was constructed in Alustar aluminium with a reverse bow and flush deck. Other details revealed during the turning of the hull include a large transom opening giving access to a beach club, a lazarette amidships and oversized portholes.

Sarissa features a low-profile carbon composite superstructure with an integrated sloop rig package from Southern Spars complemented by Rondal captive winches. Designed with the race circuit in mind, the yacht will also feature a lifting keel, retractable propulsion and twin carbon rudders to maximise performance.

Credit: Bjorn Mierop

Modern technology will be at the forefront of this new build with Royal Huisman promising to leave “no technological stone unturned” in the pursuit of “a sleek and powerful sailing yacht of iconic, imaginative design which will marry unprecedented performance with luxurious and innovative amenities."

Naval architecture and exterior design will be by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design

Accommodation on board Project 404 is for 12 guests and 10 crew.

Other projects currently underway at Royal Huisman include the highly the 47-metre Nilaya, which was recently christened in Amsterdam. 

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