The construction of the 81m contemporary three-masted schooner has commenced at Royal Huisman’s facilities in Vollenhove. This new build project for an Asian client was unveiled by the joint team of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects, designer Mark Whiteley and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.
Within a year Royal Huisman completed the design phase, the construction planning and a large part of the engineering for this yacht – all in close interaction with the owner, his team and the architects. Even the shipyard’s largest shipbuilding hall was upgraded in preparation for the new project. Now, the milestone all involved parties were anticipating has been achieved: the keel is laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction. The build of the world’s largest aluminium yacht has started.
The exterior design is the result of the joint effort of Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design, incorporating the owner’s requirements – world cruising, fast yet comfortable, and iconic looking. The distinguishing superstructure features a half-raised bridge for inside steering. The yacht’s flybridge offers full controls during sailing, comfortable seating for guests wishing to be close up with the yacht’s navigation, and opportunity for sunbathing. The sheltered main cockpit beneath the flybridge features a bar, sofas and a large table.
A variety of innovative or indeed exciting features enhance the yacht’s appeal. The newly developed sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels provides a seamless transition from the cockpit into the interior, whereas the flybridge steering stations give access to the hydraulically operated crow’s nest for an exhilarating ride up the main mast with breathtaking views.
Various watersports gear such as water scooters, a large guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks and SUP boards will be stored under the aft deck, and the deck design comprises a number of clever features, such as the crew tender in front being recessed into a pocket, which can be used as a cockpit after launch. The design of the crew entrance on the foredeck ties in with the looks of the main deckhouse.
Good performance combined with sea kindliness, stability and comfort
Dykstra Naval Architects have focused all their considerable expertise on the creation of a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The carbon rig by Rondal – ‘clearing Panama Bridge’ – will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains “the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance.”
Towing tests, wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and a Velocity Prediction Program are all undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.
Mark Whiteley designed a modern interior in balance with the exterior living spaces. The design is based on Alpi Walnut bulkheads and comprises oak floors. Alpi is a natural material which - thanks to technology - achieves high performance and eco sustainable quality. A very high comfort level for the owner, family and friends are very important considerations, but the yacht can also be used as a platform for business meetings. The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests, featuring a combined saloon with comfortable seating and a large table with sixteen seats for formal dining.
Royal Huisman will deliver this project in 2020. The yard has recently announced their intention for the exclusive use of the facilities of Holland Jachtbouw (HJB) in Amsterdam following the anticipated termination of business by HJB after the passing away of founder Chris Gongriep.
Yesterday morning, the fourth Feadship of 2017 exited the shed in Aalsmeer. The exterior styling is by Feadship; the interior design of this brand new yacht comes from the drawing boards of RWD. The new superyacht has been seen in July 2016 being transported from Shipyard Slob to Hansweert. Featuring a steel hull and aluminium construction, she measures 69m. The superyacht will soon be officially launched, and that’s when Feadship discloses her name and all the information.Feadship has recently delivered 73-metre Hasna which was launched for an Australian owner on Saturday, June 3.
August 21, 2017
Hatteras has launched the first model in the new 90 series with the public debut taking place in Florida later this year.The yacht features a crisp, light-filled interior that strikes a perfect balance of dramatic form and ingenious function. She incorporates an inspiring range of global design influences to create new uses of living, dining and entertaining spaces. Distinctive features include signature skylights as well as a sweeping staircase to the expansive bridge. A play is created between the interior and exterior spaces, which include a modular bar on the aft deck and ample lounging space on the side decks and bow. The impact of the massive 22'6" beam is felt throughout, including in the four luxurious staterooms.
August 18, 2017
Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched Game Changer, its latest 70-metre yacht support vessel with helicopter hangar, in March 2017. The vessel has been later spotted in London and now seen cruising the Med.Game Changer is the fourth yacht support vessel in the 70-metre segment following the delivery of Intrepid, 6711 and Garcon. This latest launch also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55-metre showcase vessel Fast & Furious. With its yacht support range, Damen is now the established leader in this rapidly developing niche. In total 11 vessels have been delivered or are in build.The vessel features a fully certified helideck so owners can take larger helicopters on long range flights to their mother yachts and land safely in a wider weather window. Lowering the helicopter into the hangar protects it from the elements so it is refuelled and available for take-off without causing hassle, disruption and noise on the mother yacht.In addition, Game Changer has 250 square metres of open deck space for tenders and toys. The large deck crane makes logistics and handling simple, fast and safe. Below deck there is a further 110 square-metre storage space/dive centre. The YS 6911 has offices, facilities and accommodation for 22 crew and staff. It can carry a huge amount of extra provisions, fuel (marine, aviation and petrol), luggage and spare parts.
August 18, 2017
Design Unlimited has presented its latest trimaran concept, intended to partner business and pleasure in an efficient and high performing package. Measuring 46.8m, she’ll be built to LY3 and MLC regulations, with accommodation for nine in four cabins, and crew quarters for six. Maximum speed predictions are for 24 knots, with a range of 2,500 nautical miles cruising at 14 knots.The compact Trimaran design has a drag coefficient so low that build and running costs equate to a monohull half her size. Test results from the Potsdam tank facility in Germany have exceeded all expectations in terms of hydrodynamic resistance, pitch and roll.The design has already undergone extensive development stages. Mani Frers has lead all aspects of the naval architecture and styling, McConaghy have developed the engineering and systems on board, composite engineering has been handled by Pure Design, a peer-review of the vessel’s incredible seakeeping qualities has been made by DNVGL, and the interior design comes from Design Unlimited. This highly advanced superyacht is now ready to commence production.Headlining the interior arrangement is the panoramic master suite, which utilises the upper deck. This large stateroom is complemented by an en-suite bathroom, dressing room with walk-in wardrobe and a private gym – all with views to the horizon. The private deck space is accessed via glass sliding doors and also positioned here is the owner’s helipad.The main saloon and interior dining area, spanning the 11.3m beam, have an open flow making for seamless transitions between the interior and exterior spaces, with the main aft deck serving as a social area, beach club and additional lounge. Versatility of space was key to the brief and the interior spaces can be closed off to create private areas more suited to business use. Glass has been used extensively in the design and will incorporate the latest heat-reflective technology.The interior styling is modern, with an underlying colour palette that is clean and simple. Accents of colour and texture details are then used to add personality to the space. Manufactured from lightweight materials throughout to reach target speed and range, particular attention will also be paid to sound proofing – ensuring a relaxed and peaceful environment for owner and guests.This superyacht also features an abundance of desirable lifestyle elements. On the aft deck, a large sheltered lounge area with bar facilities frames a pool, steps either side of which then lead down to the swim platform. Functionality and ease of movement for the crew was also an important part of the brief. The yacht’s tenders and toys are deployed from the sides of the hull, with the crew tender housed forward.
August 18, 2017
If Only, a 39-meter Feadship, has caught fire earlier today around 14:00 in front of Nice's airport in France. All eleven guests and a reported crew of 4 are now safe according to Nice Matin.Rapidly dispatched to the yacht that was less than 5 nautical miles from the shore, local firefighters were able to put out the fire onboard.Built by Dutch-based Feadship in 1974 as Wallanka, the yacht was later renamed to If Only. The 39-meter yacht had a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.Built by Dutch-based Feadship in 1974 as Wallanka, the yacht was later renamed to If Only. The 39-meter yacht had a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.
August 17, 2017