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Sailing yacht MALTESE FALCON with ‘DynaRig’ by MAGMA Structures

February 03, 2015

MAGMA Structures, a global leader in composite technology based at Trafalgar Wharf in UK’s Portchester, is a creator of the revolutionary ‘DynaRig’ for the outstanding 88-metre charter yacht Maltese Falcon. Launched by Perini Navi in 2006, sailing yacht Maltese Falcon has proved that the DynaRig is a highly efficient, reliable, practical, easy to use and, above all, safe sailing system, delivering ease of handling, reliability and efficiency, even when sailing at 18 knots.

Maltese Falcon -  (2)

Maltese Falcon - (2)

In 2000, Dykstra Naval Architects were one of a number of naval architects asked to come up with a proposal for a Perini Navi 87m hull for a fast and safe ocean passage making rig. Several rig options were proposed, including a schooner rig, a traditional and modernized barque rig and the DynaRig. The owner quickly selected the DynaRig as he was trying to revive the ‘Clipper’ sailing concept of safe, fast sailing speeds in ocean conditions, together with single person button-controlled sail handling and good windward performance.

The rig for The Maltese Falcon yacht was developed, tested and built by a specialist engineering team with years of successful large yacht and rig experience, under the personal guidance of the yacht’s first visionary owner, Tom Perkins. The team spent over 90,000 design and development hours on the rig, the fittings, the sails and the sailing systems.

Superyacht Maltese Falcon has 3 free-standing, rotating masts approximately 58m in height which hoist a total sail area of 2400m². Since its launch in 2006, the vessel has cruised and raced extensively in the Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean, covering well over 100,000 miles; a large majority under sail. The yacht has executed more than 11,000 individual sail sets, through storms, gales and calms and raced in many superyacht events and transatlantic regattas.

Remarkably, for a 1200 tonne, 89m LOA vessel, luxury yacht Maltese Falcon has won several regattas including wins in three consecutive Perini Navi Cups in conditions ranging from flat calm to 35 knots plus. In each of these regattas, the entire sailing operation was carried by a crew of just three; helmsman, trimmer and tactician.

The unique characteristics of her rig enable luxury charter yacht Maltese Falcon to be sailed easily by just a few crew, as well as being able to manoeuvre confidently in confined waters, sail on and off her mooring and set sails for even very short trips; something other sailing superyachts are not able to achieve.

Dykstra-designed yachts to be exhibited at boot Dusseldorf 2015

January 14, 2015

Dykstra Naval Architects is delighted to announce that several of their yacht designs will be showcased at the upcoming boot Dusseldorf 2015. The event will run from January 17 to 25.

The latest luxury yacht designed by Dykstra - 56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

The latest luxury yacht designed by Dykstra - 56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

One of the yachts at Boot 2015 in Dusseldorf is The Flyer 33, built by Flyer Yachts. She is a premium daysailer/weekender with great performance and considerable comfort. Designed with a modern plumb bow, classic stern and a gracious, low freeboard she is a head turning beauty. Jeroen de Vos from Dykstra Naval Architects: “The Flyer 33 is a true gentlemen’s yacht with an attractive design typically seen on Super Yachts”.

Her sail wardrobe features a North Sails furling jib, battened mainsail and an optional 65m2 gennaker to enhance downwind performance. During the first test sails she managed to hit 10 knots under gennaker. She offers significant comfort to spend a weekend aboard. Below deck there is a spacious V-berth plus two additional berths to accommodate four comfortably. The compact galley has a sink and large (40L) fridge to keep drinks cold. The heads can be enclosed with a privacy curtain. The Flyer 33 can be visited at stand no. 15/ D38.

In Hall 7A, KM Yachtbuilders will have a stand with information, scale models and images of the Dykstra Naval Architects custom and semi-custom designed Bestevaers and Bestewinds, a proven success as over 30 of these designs have been built till now. At stand no. 7A/ B08, they invite you to come and check possibilities and give you a feel of the yard.

Royal Huisman and Dykstra Naval Architects announced their new 56 meter Ketch Aquarius yacht project in December 2014. At stand no. 7A/G19, Royal Huisman will be exhibiting their yachts and projects, visit their stand to see the grand list of Dykstra Naval Architects designed yachts (sailing yacht Pumula, superyacht Kamaxitha, luxury yacht Hanuman, charter yacht Meteor, mega yacht Athena, Borkumriff IV yacht and JK4 charter yacht Endeavour), already built at Royal Huisman in Vollenhove.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts with design by Dykstra Naval Architects.

New 56m sailing yacht AQUARIUS by Dykstra Naval Architects and Royal Huisman

December 11, 2014

Dykstra Naval Architects and Royal Huisman are thrilled to announce their latest order for the majestic 56m (184’) sailing yacht Aquarius. Superyacht Aquarius is a classic ketch destined for an American couple, who selected naval architecture and exterior styling to be by Dykstra Naval Architects, interior design by Mark Whiteley Design and construction by Royal Huisman in Holland.

56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

“The owner’s brief for Aquarius has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment,” says Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects. “We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with her ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and spade rudder will assure light air agility to her otherwise all round performance. We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers and bicycles she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas.”

Rigged with carbon spars, booms and standing rigging scaled to an air draft that maximizes sail area whilst recognizing the Panamax height limitation, the design details feature oval portholes in the sleek, low profile dark blue hull, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast that promises to flood the owners suite with an abundance of natural light, and for added social amenity, A mid deck lounge area with sun canopy above. Whilst many details are yet to come, Aquarius adds further distinction, having acres of uncluttered teak decking, a 6.2m / 20ft jet drive tender, large 3m / 10ft side boarding platform and twin helms socially connected to the large shaded main cockpit that adjoins an even larger glass rimmed deck salon at its forward end.

Luxury yacht Aquarius - Sail Plan

Luxury yacht Aquarius - Sail Plan

“The interior will compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted paneling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber, says designer Mark Whiteley. “The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner’s family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym. One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner’s extended family with twin beds that can convert to a Queen double with a set of Pullman berths above. The gymnasium too will have an optional Pullman fitted.“

Luxury yacht Aquarius, due for delivery to her owners in the autumn of 2017 represents a collective ensemble of designers, project manager and builder, whose skill sets are being elevated by the encouraging ideas of a very thoughtful husband and wife team. Following delivery it will no doubt be an exciting maiden voyage for Aquarius as she pursues the trade wind sailing made famous in the Windward and Leeward islands of the West Indies.

New 105m DYNARIG Yacht by Oceanco and Dykstra

November 04, 2014

Dykstra Naval Architects is thrilled to continue to shape the next generation of Dynarigs and green superyachts with the all-new 105m Dynarig yacht. Currently under construction at Oceanco, the breath-taking 105m Dynarig superyacht mixes up the studio’s experience in the design of large yachts such as the award-winning three-masted 87m charter yacht Maltese Falcon Dynarig, the 90m mega yacht Athena, as well as the 56m custom campaining vessel Rainbow Warrior III.

105m mega yacht Dynarig by Oceanco and Dykstra NA

105m Dynarig superyacht by Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects - Image credit to Dykstra NA

Slated for delivery in Spring 2016, Oceanco’s 105m Dynarig megayacht embraces the movement towards environmentally conscious yachts using less fuel and more power from the wind and sun. With a Dykstra-designed Dynarig and full naval architecture, this yacht will boast a steel hull, aluminium superstructure, Nuvolari Lenard‘s Interior and Magma Composite Spars.

New superyacht projects for Rondal

October 21, 2014

Rondal’s status as a leading producer of high performance custom superyacht rigs is already well established, but prominent new orders for breath-taking superyacht projects emphasize the growth not only in business, but in recognition of the company’s outstanding technical capabilities.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hand Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman to feature the complete rig package by Rondal - Photo by Hand Westerink

Powering ‘The Beast’…

The latest order is the complete rig package for a radical 58m sloop from Dubois Naval Architects – described at its Monaco Yacht Show unveiling as “The Beast” due to its unswerving commitment to exceptional performance.

The rig features a 71m/233ft five-spreader carbon fibre mast and performance boom to store a flat head mainsail. In addition, Rondal will supply captive winches, feeders, deck hatches and entrances.

The build is being undertaken by Royal Huisman.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

…as well as an illustrious fleet of in-build projects

The Dubois 58m superyacht project is the latest addition to a very high quality fleet of superyacht projects that have chosen Rondal to supply them with high performance spars and rigs. Setting aside ”The Beast” order, they total some 300m in combined rig height:

–          37m/123ft classic Dykstra Sloop at Royal Huisman

–          70m Contemporary Ketch C2227 at Perini Navi: the complete package includes

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

–          73m/ 240ft main mast, 59m/ 194ft mizzen mast, booms, spreaders, standing and  running rigging, and load monitoring system

–          43m/142ft Frers Performance Sloop at Royal Huisman. The rig features a 58m, four-spreader carbon fibre mast and a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom.

–          47m/156ft Tripp Design Performance Sloop at Holland Jachtbouw. The rig features a four-spreader ‘Panamax’ carbon fibre mast, a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom and composite standing rigging.

Tripp 212 Yacht

Tripp 212 Yacht

The industry increasingly seems to agree that Rondal rigs are a sailing force to be reckoned with – as are the people who make them!

100-foot limit lifted for 2015 Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races

October 16, 2014

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Malta Yacht Club have lifted the 100-foot (30,47m) LOA monohull limit for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race as well as the Rolex Middle Sea Race, set by a number of the classic 600 mile races, such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races. This will allow superyachts attending the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit: Rolex Kurt/Arrigo

The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Superyachts have always been eligible to race in the RORC Caribbean 600 and a number have entered for the west to east Transatlantic Race at the end of June/July 2015, organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

In previous editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race only monohulls of 100ft or less were eligible to win the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup. In 2013 there were two monohulls at this upper limit of 100ft: Mike Slade’s Farr 100 charter yacht ICAP Leopard (GBR), and Igor Simcic’s RP100 superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).

With a number of superyachts competing in the 2015 Transatlantic Race, such as Elena Ambrosiadou’s, 289ft Dykstra/Perini Navi charter yacht Maltese Falcon, and superyacht Mariette, the 1915 Herreshoff classic, the increased LOA limit for the 46th biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will entice yachts over 100ft to enter and possibly win the Fastnet Challenge Cup, making for a spectacular race from Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2015.

Rolex Fastnet priority for RORC members

“Another initiative in place for the Rolex Fastnet Race is to give RORC members priority when entering in January 2015,” explains Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager. “The race was oversubscribed in 2013 within 24 hours of entry opening with many boats, including those of RORC members, having to go on a waiting list. To cope with demand, the Club increased the limit to 340, but with the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard having close to 60 boats and the Rolex Middle Sea Race breaking the 100 boat barrier, we can only envisage another scramble for places when entry opens at midday on the 12th January 2015,” continues Elliott.

Delivery of 20,25m Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht ANABEL

October 16, 2014

Measuring 20,25 meters in length, the Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht ‘Anabel’ was one of the most visited yachts during the Hiswa in-water boat show in Amsterdam, where she was showcased by KM Yachtbuilders as the longest sailing yacht on display. Following the event, luxury yacht ‘Anabel’ was successfully delivered to her new Owner.

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht Anabel under sail

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht Anabel under sail

It wasn’t long before ‘Anabel’ yacht was the talk of the town and people on the jetties were calling out that ‘you really have to go and see the ‘helicopter’ boat!’.

The owner of the ‘Anabel’ yacht does indeed like to fly in an helicopter, and this is clearly reflected on board his yacht. There is one big leather helm seat in the pilot house. And on the dashboard you will see countless meters, displays, buttons and warning lamps. Below in the salon you will find the ‘master panel’, where all the yacht’s functions can be read out, steered or monitored.

Luxury yacht Anabel sailing

Luxury yacht Anabel sailing

But why to have such a panel in your yacht? Other yachts don’t have them, do they?

Eeuwe Kooi, owner of KM Yachtbuilders: “Our philosophy is that a yacht has to ‘fit’ its owner, like a tailor-made Italian suit. That’s only possible if everything is made-to-measure according to the owner’s wishes and ideas. It’s sometimes hard for outsiders to understand certain choices that are made on board, or they’re not the choices they would make themselves. That’s understandable – after all, no two people are the same. Anabel was designed and built for her owner and for nobody else. That’s the great thing about custom building. If the owner is happy we are too, and we’ve succeeded in our mission!

Anabel Yacht at HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam

Anabel Yacht at HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam

The owner of Anabel wanted a yacht based on his own ideas. He couldn’t find what he wanted ‘in the market’. One of his wishes was the ability to sail completely self-reliantly and independently, i.e. no quayside power connection, a large set of batteries, plenty of solar panels on deck, a water maker and two large telescopic wind generators.

‘Safety’ was also on his wishlist, another important reason to choose a KMY aluminium yacht. This requirement was met by the ice reinforcement in the 8 mm hull and 10 mm hull plates around the lifting keel, the standard integrated watertight bulkheads, the addition of a watertight door and the deep cockpit from which everything can be operated.

Sailing yacht Anabel - Interior

Sailing yacht Anabel - Interior

The type of wood used for the interior catches the eye: oiled tiger wood. This is a wild wood type that is rarely used for yacht interiors. Combined with the white ceiling and walls the appearance remains fresh and light.

The designers of Dykstra Naval Architects have once again designed a superb yacht with outstanding sailing qualities. During one trial in the North Sea a speed of 19.5 kn was measured, and up to now she has an average of 242 nm per 24 hours.

Aboard Anabel Yacht

Aboard Anabel Yacht

After the Hiswa the Bestevaer 66ST yacht ‘Anabel’ was delivered to its new owner and headed towards Southern Europe. The owner will be then be making the crossing to the Caribbean. He has not yet decided where he will be continuing his voyage after that.

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht ANABEL – Technical Specifications:

Length overall 20.25 m

Length over deck 19.30 m

Length waterline 18.03 m

Air draft (above DWL) 27.00 m

Beam 5.00 m

Beam waterline 4.51 m

Lift Keel:

Draft Keel Up 1.60 m

Draft Keel Down 3.25 m

Displacement (light ship) 28,500 kg (full load) 33,100 kg

Ballast 7,500 kg

Cabins 3 (2x double, 1x single)

Baths 2


Fuel tank 2 x 800 l

Fresh water tanks 2 x 1200l

Black water tank 2 x 200 l

KM Yachtbuilders is currently working on the following projects:


• Stadtship 71

• Bestevaer 56ST

• Catamaran 100ft


• Bestevaer 62ST

• Bestevaer 56ST

• Koopmans 37

• 10x B2B project work vessels


• Bestevaer 49ST

• Bestevaer 53ST

Refits/major overhaul:

• Koopmans 43

• Koopmans 44

• Bestevaer 49ST

• Bestevaer 55ST

• Bestevaer 65S

• Stadtship 70

Royal Huisman sailing yacht KAMAXITHA hosted by RSB Rigging Solutions at STP Palma

October 07, 2014

RSB Rigging Solutions has recently had the majestic Royal Huisman sailing yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard in Palma, Spain. The 55-metre superyacht Kamaxitha has had her main mast prepped and pulled. The team will now get on with servicing the rig.

Royal Huisman super yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard in Palma, Spain

Royal Huisman super yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard in Palma, Spain - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Luxury yacht Kamaxitha was launched in 2012 with her naval architect Dykstra combining classic traditional lines – including plumb bow and elegant counter stern – with an invigorating aptitude for performance and fast passage making.

RSB Rigging Solutions team aboard Kamaxitha Yacht

RSB Rigging Solutions team aboard Kamaxitha Yacht - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Luxury sailing yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard

Luxury sailing yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

The interior designers of Kamaxitha superyacht, Rhoades Young Design, have succeeded in creating a very luxurious and inviting interior by combining classic references and traditional craftsmanship.

55m Royal Huisman Yacht Kamaxitha

55m Royal Huisman Yacht Kamaxitha - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Holland Jachtbouw at upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 22, 2014

Holland Jachtbouw will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show this week, and also the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later in October. The company will be on hand on Stand QT20 on the T-Central Dock, sharing the latest news and developments in the shipyard, including expansion of build halls, exciting launches scheduled for 2015 and the latest successes of sailing yacht Rainbow on the race course.

Luxury charter yacht Calliope

Luxury charter yacht Calliope by Holland Jachtbouw to be showcased at MYS 2014

Holland Jachtbouw Fleet in and around Monaco during the Monaco Yacht Show 2014:

M/Y Calliope on berth T22 – T-Central Dock

Launched in the summer of 2010, the 42-metre charter yacht Calliope is an exceptional semi-displacement vessel. Commissioned by repeat clients, she combines all her owners’ rich cruising experiences onboard Cassiopeia yacht with the very latest thinking in superyacht construction. Innovative demands in terms of customisation and quality included a highly specified and fully integrated bridge.

J Class super yacht Rainbow

J Class super yacht Rainbow

The J Class superyacht Rainbow moored nearby in Villefranche and available for viewing on 24th and 25th September – by appointment only

One of the yard’s most iconic projects to date is the build of the J-Class yacht Rainbow. A replica of the famous J designed by William Starling Burgess which was commissioned by Harold Vanderbuilt to defend the America’s Cup in 1934, which she won against charter yacht Endeavour.

Dykstra & Partners were asked to re-design superyacht Rainbow closely following the original plans but as an aluminium yacht with a carbon mast, boom and rigging and a luxurious interior by deVosdeVries. She was built to Lloyds Register and MCA classification so that the owner could use her for racing and luxury yacht chartering.

YII - Under Sail

YII - Under Sail

Also in the area S/Y Shogun (formerly YII)

Designed by Bill Dixon, charter yacht Shogun was built to meet the owner’s specifics for a sleek, uncluttered yacht with a contemporary, minimalist appearance. This was achieved with a low profile deckhouse and a range of features such as a concealed bimini and dodger spray hood – designed by the team at HJB, recessed headsail furlers, a through hull anchor system, pop-up cleats, deck recessed Genoa tracks and concealed hinges for the hatches.

Life Saga Yacht

Life Saga Yacht

Also in the area M/Y Life Saga

She looks and feels magnificent after a comprehensive 18-month rebuild at HJB. During sea trials Life SAGA yacht’s noise and comfort levels were beyond even the yard’s highest expectations and the yacht handles superbly. Life Saga returned to Holland Jachtbouw in 2012 for an interior makeover.

Luxury yachts Skat, Hyperion, Athena and Adéle take advantage of Huisfit expertise

September 10, 2014

Since 2011, when Royal Huisman renewed its focus on refit, repair and renewal, the word about Huisfit has been spreading constantly. The division reports steady growth in yachts year after year, appreciating Royal Huisman’s quality guarantee, competitive pricing and reliable delivery schedules.

Huisfit by Royal Huisman

Huisfit by Royal Huisman

Not to mention the exceptional facilities in Vollenhove and its deepwater locations in Harlingen, or the comprehensive support package for crews and owners’ advisers. Whether it is a ‘cosmetic’ paint job and interior refurbishm ent, or a more complex hull extension and new systems installation, Royal Huisman is able to draw on the skills and expertise of both a dedicated refit team and the wider resources of its new-build capability.

With four maintenance and renewal projects conducted in Holland (Flyer One Yacht, SAMURAI, Heartbeat, Juliet) and a fifth carried out by the Huisfit team in Antibes (Borkumriff IV), it has been a very busy time for the shipyard’s refit department so far this year.

Furthermore, motor yacht Skat and Hyperion yacht recently arrived in Holland to start their refit programmes and Huisfit is pleased to announce that Athena has signed up for Huisfit support in the Med the coming fall/winter season. In addition, Adèle has booked a slot for 2015-2016.

Sailing Yacht FLYER ONE delivered

A performance-oriented project, and a highly nostalgic one for Huisfit, the 20m/65ft ketch Flyer designed by Sparkman & Stephens was launched by Royal Huisman in 1976 for the late Conny van Rietschoten. The renowned Dutch sailor (who sadly passed away at the end of last year aged 87) famously raced the yacht to victory in the 1977-1978 Whitbread Round the World Race.

Flyer One before Huisfit -photo by Hans Westerink

Flyer One before Huisfit -photo by Hans Westerink

Flyer returned to the Netherlands earlier this year after being acquired by the ‘Revival of Flyer’ foundation and having sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles as the sloop Alaska Eagle. She has been given back her ketch rig by re-stepping the mizzen mast, a deckhouse has been added and her aluminium hull has been overhauled and repainted the original dark blue.

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit - photo by RoyalHuisman

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit - photo by Royal Huisman

The foundation ‘Revival of Flyer’ was initiated by Dutch sailor and entrepreneur Diederik Nolten, Els Vroegindewey, skipper Gerard Schootstra and Paul Wilms with the aim of returning the yacht to the country where she was built as a maritime monument under her original name. Gerry Dykstra, the founder of Dykstra Naval Architects, was navigator and watch leader aboard Flyer during the 1977-1978 Whitbread Race. Van Rietschoten went on to win the event for a second time in 1981-1982 with the Frers-designed, Huisman-built 76ft maxi sloop Flyer II.

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit -photo by Foundation Revival of the Flyer-Marlene Stoffelen

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit -photo by Foundation Revival of the Flyer-Marlene Stoffelen

Royal Huisman has supported the initiative from the start and, now restored to her former glory, Flyer departed Vollehove this summer. She will take part in various regattas and charitable events and will also be available for charter.

Length overall 20m/65ft

Hull & Superstructure Aluminium

Build: Royal Huisman, 1977

Huisfit: 2014

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Sailing Yacht SAMURAI in progress

The client’s mission statement to Royal Huisman was that sailing yacht SAMURAI must be beautiful, stealthy looking, very fast, elegantly comfortable, technologically advanced and unforgettable to sail. William Bishop of Yachting Partners International assisted the client with the selection of the interior designer, the creation of the exterior concept design and the choice of the refit shipyard. Yacht consultant Jens Cornelsen & Partner has undertaken the project management.

SAMURAI before Huisfit - ext photo by Hans Westerink

SAMURAI before Huisfit - ext photo by Hans Westerink

The conversion began with modifications to the carbon composite structure. Some carbon composite bulkheads have been re-installed to make way for an interior where once there was none. The new Japanese-inspired luxury furniture designed by Rhoades Young Design and built by Greenline Yacht Interiors is focused on being extremely lightweight yet comfortable.

SAMURAI Yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

SAMURAI Yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

The exterior has also been revisited by Rhoades Young Design and will receive a new deckhouse and cockpits, a completely new colour scheme and decks covered with easy-tomaintain, ‘teak’ surfacing. A swim platform will be added to the transom, which will be deployed manually using a halyard, as a hydraulic system would have added unwanted weight.

Sailing Yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Sailing Yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Onboard systems that the original race boat lacked (including alarm, monitoring, entertainment and navigation equipment) are being installed and high-speed hydraulic winches will substitute the manual winches. Her canting keel will be replaced with a lifting keel more suitable for cruising and access to shallow anchorages, in addition to a lightweight anchor system with a removable davit. The Huisfit team is well prepared and fully equipped to work with carbon composites where optimum performance is the driving factor (Royal Huisman is also building a 20m/65ft sailing yacht with carbon composite hull, deck, spars and standing rigging, its 35th project with Sparkman & Stephens).,As the hull and rig of SAMURAI yacht have remained largely intact, after being thoroughly checked using laser and ultrasound equipment, the focus of the Huisfit team has been on modifications to the deck and interior composite structures.

SAMURAI yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

SAMURAI yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

“The aim has been to convert a pure racer into a fast cruiser and still keep the weight below a certain threshold, which has been very challenging for the team,” says Royal Huisman’s design manager Jan Knol. “This has meant closely investigating the weight of both the interior and exterior components being added. Honeycomb substrates, for example, are used for the interior furniture, and titanium for items of deck gear instead of stainless steel.” The conversion of SAMURAI is scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2015.

Sailing yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - int rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Sailing yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - int rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Length overall 42m /139ft

Hull & Superstructure Carbon composite

Build: JMV Industries, 2003

Huisfit: 2014 – 2015

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Other superyachts signed up:

Huisfit - motor yacht Skat - photo Skat crew

Huisfit - motor yacht Skat - photo Skat crew

Motor Yacht Skat

Following on from her visit to Harlingen in 2012, the owner and captain of the motoryacht Skat were so impressed with the quality and timeliness of the refit programme, they returned for more. Work on the project has just commenced and includes:

  • Servicing main engines and gensets
  • Systems updates
  • New teak decking for all decks
  • Painting hull and superstructure
  • Servicing of all transom doors, passarelle, side boarding platforms, cranes, etc.
  • Overhaul of complete sewage plant

Length overall: 71m/232ft

Hull & Superstructure: Steel & aluminium

Build: Lürssen, 2002

Huisfit: 2014-2015

Huisfit location: Harlingen

Huisfit - sailing yacht Hyperion - Norway photo by Daniel Rawlins

Huisfit - sailing yacht Hyperion - Norway photo by Daniel Rawlins

Sailing Yacht Hyperion

Following a Scandinavian cruise this summer, the Royal Huisman built sloop launched in 1998 has returned to Vollenhove for a Huisfit programme with a master list that will keep her on schedule for many more years to come:

Upgrading propulsion shaft and propeller

Replacement and installation of new gensets

New main switchboard

Upgrading of navigation and communication electronics

Upgrading of PLC hardware and Alarm and Monitoring software

Maintenance, overhaul and painting of hull and superstructure

New teak decking

Length overall: 47m/156ft

Hull & Superstructure: Aluminium

Build: Royal Huisman, 1998

Huisfit: 2014-2015

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Huisfit Athena yacht  - Malta photo by Max Cumming

Huisfit - Athena yacht - Malta photo by Max Cumming

Super Yacht Athena

Since her delivery 10 years ago, Athena has been engaged in some extensive world cruising. Taking advantage of a stopover in the Mediterranean, the Huisfit team will be taking care of:

Refinishing work on the interior varnish

Updates of the electrical systems

Rod inspection of her rig

Length overall: 90m/295ft

Hull & Superstructure: Aluminium

Build: Royal Huisman, 2004

Huisfit: 2014

Huisfit location: Palma de Mallorca

Huisfit sailing yacht Adele - photo by Adele crew

Huisfit sailing yacht Adele - photo by Adele crew

Luxury Yacht Adèle

Her owner’s team has booked Adèle into Vollenhove for a 2015-2016 Huisfit, which will include:

Servicing and overhaul of propulsion, gensets, thrusters and various board systems

Climate control update incl. new chiller, fancoils and ducting

Replacement of batteries

Replacement of various existing lights with LEDs

Upgrade and replacement of various electronics (nav, com, alarm and monitoring

Interior touch-ups and repairs

New teak deck and partial replacement of the caprail

Servicing of hatches, winches and various deck equipment

Painting of inside of hull and parts of the interior

Repaint/varnish of the hull, superstructures and rig

Length overall: 55m/180ft

Hull & Superstructure: Aluminium

Build: Vitters, 2005

Huisfit: 2015-2016

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Refit, repair and renewal defined by Royal Huisman

Summary of Huisfit’s flexible facilities:

3 climate controlled halls: 45m to 81m, with gantry cranes

Dedicated spray booths: up to 55m (masts up to 75m)

3 covered dry docks: 90m to 144m

4500 ton synchro lift: 120m

Electrical supply: up to 1000A @ 400V 50Hz