Royal Huisman was celebrating this weekend with the turning of its largest hull to date, a majestic 81 meters/266 foot three-masted schooner. After unveiling the project at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, Royal Huisman began the build back in June 2017 at the shipbuilder’s facilities in Vollenhove, Holland. On completion Project 400 will enter the ranks of the world’s top ten largest sailing yachts as the largest aluminum sailing craft in the world.

To bring this innovative project to life, Royal Huisman has partnered with Dykstra Naval Architects and talented yacht designer Mark Whiteley. Such is the scale of the design that Royal Huisman have had to temporarily enlarge their larger construction hall to accommodate Project 400.

Shown below is the breathtaking moment when Royal Huisman turned their largest hull to date, wheeling her out from her build hall and giving eager onlookers their first glimpse of her colossal size. A total of four cranes were needed to skillfully turn her hull into the upright position while suspended over the canal. Following the successful maneuver, Project 400 was returned to construction hall 2 where the remainder of the build will take place.

The shipyard is currently working on Project 400’s innovative superstructure, interior layout and onboard systems, while their sister company Rondal has started production of her Panamax carbon fiber rig and sail handling system. When complete this gentle giant will be able to receive up 12 overnight guests and will also have capacity for up to 13 crew members. Royal Huisman expects to deliver this ambitious build to her new Asian owner by 2020.