The joint team of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design has signed a contract for a 65-metre performance ketch rigged sailing yacht. Listed as Project 408, the next step is further design and engineering after which construction will start at Royal Huisman’s newbuild facilities in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.

A period of concept design and development by the experienced owners’ team, architects and builder has been successfully completed and signed off: an important milestone which coincides with the start of the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show. The creation of this superyacht is now focused on multidisciplinary design and engineering, which are the subsequent steps of Royal Huisman’s efficient Stage Gate process project management and Concurrent Engineering approach. This will bring the project to readiness for construction.

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One of the main areas of focus for this ketch rigged sailing yacht is the optimisation of performance: Alustar aluminium construction, carbon rig, and an integrated sailing system by Rondal have been specified to enhance winning potential on the superyacht regatta circuit.

Limited information is currently available. Further updates with more details will be released in the months ahead and upon the completion of major phases throughout the duration of the project.

Royal Huisman’s CEO Jan Timmerman comments: ‘We are honoured that this client has entrusted Royal Huisman with the realisation of his dream – a truly beautiful and unique yacht. Project 408 fits perfectly within our growing newbuild portfolio of exceptional sailing and motoryacht projects.’

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