Royal Huisman kicked off the new year with the launch of their largest vessel to date, the 266ft (81m) Sea Eagle II, which has just left the shipbuilder’s shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands. With an imposing overall length and sturdy plumb bow, the yacht will be ranked among the top 10 of the world’s largest sailing yachts. Upon its delivery in Spring 2020, it’s also set to become the world’s largest aluminum sailing yacht.
The vessel was commissioned by prominent Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Dr. Samuel Yin, who also happens to be the owner the Royal Huisman 142ft (43m) Sea Eagle, which was delivered in 2015. Reaffirming the Owner’s confidence in the shipyard’s ability to construct his ultimate dream yacht, the new and improved Sea Eagle II exceeds its predecessor by around 124ft (38m) and over 800 GT in volume.
The sporty exterior lines were developed in tandem with Dykstra Naval Architects, featuring a striking monochrome palette and a golden brown wooden deck. To reduce weight and increase performance, the sailing yacht boasts a plumb bow, carbon rigging by Rondal and carbon fiber masts which measure more than 190 feet in total. Her 13-foot rudder is the biggest ever to be crafted out of carbon composite.
The interior was penned by Mark Whiteley Design, who brought a contemporary feel throughout the 1,150 GT interior with accents of sustainable materials such as oak and Alpi walnut. There’s space for up to 12 guests across six staterooms and one VIP suite, plus accommodation for 13 crew members. In addition to an expansive formal dining room and lounge, there’s also a large alfresco dining area and sundeck to soak up the rays.
The striking project 400 is progressing on schedule. Her carbon composite Rondal Panamax rig will be installed upon launched at Royal Huisman Amsterdam. She will then be prepared for sea trials and on-board crew training. The yacht will now head to Royal Huisman Amsterdam to have her carbon composite Rondal Panamas rig installed, before undergoing sea trials and on-board crew training. She is expected to be delivered to Yin in spring.