Royal Huisman has announced a new commission for a 46m high-performance cruiser sloop. Project 405 is being built for experienced owners whose brief was for a yacht that is comfortable for world exploration, but with an extremely lightweight structure to ensure victories in superyacht regattas. 

Exterior and interior styling is by Nauta Design and naval architecture by Reichel/Pugh. Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport and the owners’ professional race team will be providing specialist consultation. Project 405’s lightweight aluminum and carbon composite construction aims to create formidable competition for existing carbon yachts, while combining comfort with the low sound levels of aluminum yachts.

In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Project 405 will enter into Royal Huisman’s history as the first yacht that was contracted as the result of intensive video conferencing and telephone calls between the owners, their representative and the design and build team. The yacht is scheduled for delivery in 2022.

Since mid-March, in accordance with lockdown measures implemented in the Netherlands, Royal Huisman has continued operations in strict observance of the regulations. The measures include the continuous monitoring of its workers’ health, social distancing, working from home where possible and workshop shifts to limit the number of people on site.

Royal Huisman has an active few years ahead, with the highly-anticipated 81m sailing yacht Sea Eagle II scheduled to be delivered later this year, followed by 55m motoryacht Project Phi to be delivered in 2021 and 59.7m sailing yacht Project 404 to be delivered in 2022 alongside Project 405. The order book sees an increase in output for the shipyard, which has delivered an average of 0.6 projects per year in the last five years following a drop in orders after 2014.

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