A reinvigorated Royal Denship has laid the keel of a 42m, as yet unnamed, expedition yacht. The symbolic start to the project was made on 21 December, and when she hits the water in 2017, this new project will represent the yard’s first superyacht launch since Triple 8 hit the water in 2009 and its subsequent problems.

Following an extended period of financial consolidation, Royal Denship’s COO, Kasper Fritz Bandholm explained to SuperyachtNews.com that the company had been focussing on its rebranding up to now. But moving forward, “The future focus of Royal Denship will be in sea-worthy yachts, such as expedition- and patrol-style yachts, as we [have] made several of in the past.” He added that they would, “all be one-offs, to be built in steel/aluminium.”

With a very respectable range of 4,000nm at 11 knots, and a top speed of 14 knots, the Royal Denship 137’ Expedition will accommodate eight guests and eight crew. She will carry a 7m RIB and a 4.5 rescue tender.

In a promotional statement her designers, Kroes & Poortinga said of the vessel,  ‘these vessels again underline that simplicity and architecture in its purest form is often aesthetically more pleasing than simply “adding form”; these vessels are ultimate examples of “form follows function”.’


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