Royal Huisman’s Project 400 is officially under construction at the Vollenhove Dutch shipyard. The 81m/266ft three-masted contemporary schooner unveiled at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show is set to become the world’s largest aluminium yacht. Being the first of its kind, even the shipbuilding hall had to be upgraded to accommodate the eminent project.

The owner and his team worked closely with the architects to finalize the design phase, construction planing and bulk of the engineering in less than a year. The keel is now laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction. The start of the build process starts now and marks an important milestone for this project which is set to be completed by 2020.

The exterior design stems from the Owner’s requirements for a world cruising, fast yet comfortable and iconic looking Schooner. Together, Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design came up with a distinguishing superstructure which incorporates a half-raised bridge for inside steering.  The main cockpit sits beneath the flybridge and brings together a seating area with sofas, a bar and a large table for those quintessential post-sailing dinners at anchor.

Royal Huisman’s reputation for excellence and innovation are key to delivering dynamic new features such as a sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels to provide a seamless transition from the cockpit to the interior.  A clever use of space can be seen up front where a recessed storage pocket for the crew tender transforms into a cockpit once the tender is launched.   

The hull has a distinct hard chine and schooner rig that delivers good performance at sea in combination with stability and comfort. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects says “the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance”.

To fully appreciate time spent on the water, a complement of watersport gear such as scooters, dive equipment, kayaks, SUP boards and a large guest tender are ready and waiting under the aft deck. Inside, the space designed by Mark Whiteley will be modern and comfortable. The forward part of the superstructure is reserved for the owner and his guests which includes a combined saloon and large sixteen seat formal dining table.

A model of Royal Huisman’s latest masterpiece, Project 400, will be on display for her world debut at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show.