With naval architecture and exterior design by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, the brief for Project 404 is to create a performance sloop that will push the boundaries of operating systems and integrated rig technologies to set new benchmarks for performance and efficiency. With most details of project being kept under wraps, Royal Huisman has only revealed certain features at this stage.

Project 404 is set to be built with an Alustar aluminium hull and low-profile carbon composite superstructure that will act as the proven platform for a modern yacht with innovative systems development. The build team – which also includes interior architecture by Liaigre, integrated rig package from Southern Spars complimented by Rondal captive winches and owner’s representation by Gregory Monks – aims to embrace emerging technologies that will become game-changers for the next generation of superyachts.

The Dutch shipyard's latest project is scheduled for delivery in 2022. Royal Huisman currently has two other projects in build: an 81m schooner sailing yacht, scheduled to be delivered in 2020, and a 55m motoryacht, to be delivered in 2021. The shipyard is also in the midst of a busy refit period at its dedicated refit division Huisfit.

The Superyacht Report: New Build, to be published next month, features a closer look at the sailing yacht new build market’s activity over the past 10 years, which appears to have established some level of consistency in recent years. Looking at the sailing yacht order book based on size, one thing that is evident is that the 30-40m sector that has historically bolstered the market is gradually giving way to the 40-60m sector. However, 2019 promises an increase in deliveries in both sectors and Royal Huisman’s 81m project will be the first delivery in the 60-90m segment since 2016.

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