With the design and engineering phase complete within a year of its unveiling by Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects (DNA), designer Mark Whiteley and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, the keel has been laid and construction started in Vollehove on the new project for an Asian client.
Apart from her sheer size, the yacht will have a number of innovative features, including the newly developed sliding Rondal door with individually operated glass panels for a seamless transition between the cockpit and the interior. The superstructure features a half-raised bridge for protected helming and full controls for sailing, along with access to the hydraulically operated crow’s nest. The sheltered main cockpit beneath the flybridge features a bar, sofas and a large table for alfresco dining at anchor.
DNA has focused on creating a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The Panamax carbon rig by Rondal will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Towing and wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations, and a Velocity Prediction Program have all been undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.
“The plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance,” says Thys Nikkels of DNA.
Mark Whiteley has developed a modern interior in balance with the exterior living spaces based on Alpi walnut bulkheads and oak floors (Alpi is a composite wood material that provides optimal performance and eco-sustainable quality). The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests with a combined saloon with comfortable seating and a large table with sixteen seats for formal dining. In addition, the interior has been deisgned to also serve as a platform for business meetings.
Various tenders and toys such as water scooters, a large guest tender equipped with dive gear, kayaks and SUP boards will be stored under the aft deck, while the crew tender will be housed in a recessed bay forward that can also be used as a cockpit when the tender id deployed.
The design optimisation process is ongoing and more aluminium for the sub-assembly construction is being delivered to the Royal Huisman yard on a daily basis. With the yacht due to be completed by 2020, a model of the schooner will be on display at the Royal Huisman stand (QE14) during the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show.