SEA EAGLE, a 43-metre (142 foot) mighty sloop, was created to cruise the world and participate in the occasional superyacht regatta. She spent her winter in the Mediterranean and is now ready to discover the breath-taking Baltic states, including the mesmerising fiords of Norway and endless islands of Sweden this summer, before moving to the Caribbean. In addition, following the ‘footsteps’ of two equally outstanding sailing yachts also designed by German Frers, UNFURLED and charter yacht HYPERION, SEA EAGLE has added her mark as the first entry for the 2017 St. Barths Bucket regatta.
The yacht has been constructed with a dark-blue hull and a ‘chevy white’ superstructure with both style and performance in mind. SEA EAGLE features a high-aspect carbon fibre mast of impressive 57-metres (187ft) above the water and carries upwind over 1,000 square metres of standing sail whilst a fixed keel drawing 4,5 metres (14’7”). Her displacement of just on 200 tonnes will provide for a thrilling sailing experience under sail.
Well-situated sight lines from the twin helm stations provide a clear commanding view of the uncluttered deck and sail plan. The connecting cockpit offers a great socialising area for the owners and guests alike. A one-of-a-kind awning-covered ‘tea deck’ and dining area offers the ideal scene for outdoor dining or shaded seating under sail or at anchor.
A fabulous add-on feature of this vessel if her aft ‘beach’ deck, situated two steps lower from the main deck. SEA EAGLE’s transom can be opened, becoming a large swim platform and magnificent full-beam staircase, optimal for water entertainment and use of onboard toys.
The transom garage holds a 5,2-metre (17ft) Castoldi jet tender, which can be easily deployed thanks to a hydraulically lowered ramp, offering a fantastic launch pad for water skiing or diving.
Interiors of SEA EAGLE are just as impressive as her exteriors. Designed by renowned Rhoades Young design studio, the yacht boasts quietly grained French walnut as a backdrop for white oak floors, in addition to beautifully upholstered wall panels and birch wood accents. The atmosphere throughout is calm, low-key, yet sophisticated.
Forward of the awning-covered cockpit with upholstered seating, the main cockpit and entrance to the main deckhouse saloon are shaded by the generous overhanging coachroof.
The vast and comfortable deckhouse boasts large wrap-around windows and is flooded with natural light. The deckhouse is the ideal place for cosy conversations or dining in style. It is also home to the interior helm position for navigation during colder weather conditions. From this section, a staircase leads below unveiling two welcoming and stylish guest cabins as well as a spacious owner’s suite with a private entrance to the stern ‘beach deck’.
Another staircase situated forward of the main deck saloon leads to the vestibule with three heavily insulated doorways: one to the day bathroom, one to the starboard side flex cabin (which can be either a VIP cabin or a gym) and to the crew area, port side engine contrail room and ship’s office for convenient crew access to the engine room without disturbance to the guest areas. There is yet another staircase from this area that connects directly to the foredeck aft of the crew tender garage.
Just like the rest of the Royal Huisman yachts, SEA EAGLE boasts great attention to noise reduction and vibration to hushed, library-like levels, even when the engines and/or generators are in full operation.
Reinforcing his trust in the shipyard, Sea Eagle’s owner, Dr Samuel Yin, has provided his full support by making SEA EAGLE available for presentations at various worldwide yachting events, including his home waters in South East Asia. Viewed by Royal Huisman as a huge honour, this opportunity allows the yard to demonstrate around the world what the brand represents: the pinnacle of Dutch quality and the clear distinction between ‘what looks good’ and ‘what seriously is good’ in superyacht building.
Besides being an experienced offshore sailor, Dr Yin is a prominent Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist. He believes passionately that education is the driver of social progress and that we should give back to society by sharing what we know with others. In other words, that life should not be measured by wealth, but by our contributions to others by providing them with greater access to knowledge.
This philosophy extends to his appreciation of sailing: “Sailing is a very special activity”, says Dr Yin. “You can enjoy being relaxed on the sea or experience different scenery, you can be alone or witness things you’ve never seen before. It is the same as in life: it might not always be smooth sailing and there will be ups and downs. Nonetheless, as with life, it is very rewarding.”
Sea Eagle is the second in a Limited Series of three. The last of this 43m series awaits a discerning client who is looking to take advantage of a proven design that offers a shortened delivery time and amortised cost savings, whilst allowing a choice of interior and exterior arrangements to personalise the design to a very high level.