Video: Hull of 81m Royal Huisman flagship yacht turned
by Chris Jefferies
Due for completion in 2020, this monumental project will become one of the largest sailing yachts in the world upon delivery to her Asian owner.
Sold in summer 2016, with Northrop & Johnson introducing the client, Project RH400 was announced at last year's Monaco Yacht Show with the yard revealing that it will be the largest Asian-owned yacht, as well as the world's largest aluminium sailing yacht.
The initial design brief called for a "world cruising, fast, comfortable and iconic looking" yacht. This three-masted Panamax schooner will feature a plumb bow and carbon rigging by Rondal. Project RH400 is being built in aluminium to LY3 standards, with accommodation for up to 12 guests and 13 crew.
“It may look like a contemporary modern sailing yacht now but in 50 years time it will be a classic,” said Dykstra Naval Architects who were responsible for the naval architecture, as well as working with Mark Whiteley Design on the exterior styling.
This sentiment was echoed by Mark Whiteley, also responsible for the interior, who said she “has a timeless, classic profile with a clean, modern interior”. “It's a yacht that will never go out of style,” he added.
Key features include a large superyacht sundeck with full flybridge controls, while the sheltered cockpit on the deck below features a bar, sofas and a large al fresco dining area. From here, a unique sliding door system, created by Rondal, will provide a seamless transition to the main saloon.
This area will be finished with Alpi Walnut bulkheads and oak flooring, and the layout will include an informal lounge area plus a large dining table that can host up to 16 people.
The interior will serve a double purpose — conducting business as well as entertaining — and the forward part of the superstructure will be dedicated to the owner and his guests.
Superyacht water toys on board Project RH400 will include water scooters, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and two tenders, as well as diving equipment. Those looking for a further adrenaline rush can climb aboard the hydraulic crow's nest, which will rise up the main mast and give supreme views out to sea.
The construction of Project RH400 has stretched Royal Huisman to new lengths - the yard's main assembly hall has been semi-permanently extended and upgraded to accommodate the mammoth hull.