The Imminent Launch of the Mighty 2010 Dubois Sailing Yacht TWIZZLE by Royal Huisman

Sailing yacht Twizzle, the majestic Dubois designed Royal Huisman built ...

The Imminent Launch of the Mighty 2010 Dubois Sailing Yacht TWIZZLE by Royal Huisman

June 17, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

Sailing yacht Twizzle, the majestic Dubois designed Royal Huisman built flybridge superyacht ketch is soon to be launched in Holland.

Sailing Yacht TWIZZLE – A Computer Rendering of her deck layout from aft.

An experienced yacht owner couple, the former owners of motor yacht Twizzle, have brought an exciting yachting team together to build the 57 meter ketch rigged center board superyacht called sailing yacht Twizzle. This team includes Dubois Yacht Designers, Royal Huisman Yacht Builders and Redman Whiteley Dixon Design group as well as the owners themselves.

Interestingly, the name ‘Twizzle’ came from a TV puppet from the 1950’s. Click on this link to see the only episode in existence of the TV program. Superyacht Twizzle is the result of the Owner’s vision of a high performance, high tech sailing yacht with the cruising capability, the comfort and the luxury of a motor yacht.

Sailing Yacht TWIZZLE – Computer Rendering of her Profile

For the Dutch Superyacht Builders, Royal Huisman, the Twizzle project has produced three important “firsts”:
Sailing yacht TWIZZLE is Royal Huisman’s first superyacht completely styled by the gifted team of Redman Whiteley Dixon, with Todhunter Designers providing interior decoration. The first yacht build with naval architecture by Ed Dubois and the first sailing yacht with a flying bridge. A very motivating aspect of this project for Royal Huisman was the comprehensive involvement of the owners alongside the architects, the stylists and the yard – a real working partnership within a stimulating team culture.

This elegant, 57.5m flybridge ketch is a noteworthy project for Royal Huisman and is the yard’s first yacht completely styled, inside and out, by the talented team of Redman, Whiteley Dixon – with interior décor from Todhunter Earle Associates. Naval architecture by Ed Dubois Associates represents another long-anticipated first for the yard; and this is Royal Huisman’s first flybridge sailing yacht.

Yacht Twizzle design plans

Designed and built by a team of the world’s finest designers, engineers and craftsmen, sailing yacht Twizzle epitomizes a unique vision to create the definitive family cruising and performance sailing yacht. The detailed approach to her design and construction has given birth to a sailing masterpiece. A beautifully proportioned and minimalist teak deck, concealing her advanced technology and two tenders, complements Twizzle’s clean and uncluttered lines.

Luxury yacht Twizzle’s interiors are designed to the same exacting standards with careful consideration being given to levels, proportion, eye lines, joinery style and materials. This exacting approach has resulted in an elegantly stylish yet comfortable and relaxed interior.

Twizzle is a performance sailing yacht with the comfort and amenity of a motor yacht. This means she can cruise anywhere and offer the luxury of an motor yacht and the fuel efficiency of a sailboat. Dubois have ensured this by a reduced wetted surface giving an easily driven hull and set a swing keel within the 3.8 meter draft fixed keel. Lightweight composite materials are widely used in the rig and in components above the waterline and an optimised beam and 120 tons of internal ballast secure stiffness and stability.

Charter Yacht Twizzle is a stimulating project because the owners are central to this talented team, bringing their own ideas (particularly in technology and design) and significant experience (yachts they have owned include a 47m Perini Navi and a 55m Feadship) to the process, adding challenge and momentum.

The vision is to create a high-performance sailing yacht with the comfort and amenity of a motor yacht. To this end Dubois have reduced wetted surface and set a swing keel within the 3.8m draft fixed keel. Lightweight composite materials are widely used in the rig and in components above the waterline whilst optimised beam and 120 tons of internal ballast secure stiffness and stability. The rig, with its 62m mainmast set to clear Panama’s Bridge of the Americas at low water, will carry 1,780 m2 of sail.

Justin Redman and his group have shaped a graceful flying bridge that combines a stylish profile with airiness and light below. Together with Emily Todhunter they have defined an interior with owners’ and guests’ accommodation abaft the engine room and crew forward. A central dining area and saloon are situated amidships above the engine room with the main galley on a mezzanine deck and the pilothouse on a raised deck.

Sailing Yacht Twizzle Design Profile

Superyacht Twizzle is finished to an exceptional standard and has all the luxury, facilities and attentive crew that one would expect on a Feadship but with the added romance of being one of the finest and technologically advanced sailing yachts ever created. Unlike most large sailing yachts, the sails on SAILING YACHT Twizzle can easily be hoisted in a matter of minutes and sail in a wide range of wind strengths, from around 6 knots to 26 knots of wind.

Yacht Twizzle has one of the best, most hospitable and experienced crews of any Superyacht and certainly more crew than most large sailing yachts. Service levels are exceptional and the Captain and Chief Stewardess can arrange most activities both on and off the yacht.

S/Y  Twizzle will be launched in Holland in mid-July and delivered in early September 2010. After shake down and cruising and an Atlantic crossing SAILING YACHT Twizzle will start chartering in the Caribbean from 15 January to 15 March 2011 and in the Med for the Film Festival and Monaco Grand-Prix,   and High Season in July and August 2011.


Sailing yacht Twizzle has a very experienced, respected and hospitable Crew. Captain Gordon Percy, Chef and many of the crew  have been together for many years, previously on board M/Y Twizzle and now on this magnificent sailing yacht having overseen the design, engineering and build in Holland. Chef Ollie Mckeown has designed and equipped the galley on board S/Y Twizzle working closely with the Owners wife who was previously a chef and in events and catering. Sailing yacht Twizzle is due for delivery in September 2010. Painstaking attention to detail combined with imagination and flair has created a world-class Sailing Yacht.

Sailing yacht Twizzle will become available for charter in the Caribbean during Winter 2011 and the Mediterranean in the Summer. It will be available from 15 January 2011 until mid-March in the Caribbean. After returning to the Mediterranean in April, it will be available for charter for the Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix and for high season in July and August 2011.

Some of the Luxuries offered on sailing yacht Twizzle include:

The Twizzle yacht provides her guests with the opportunity to snorkel, dive, sail, kayak, water ski or simply relax on board.

A masterpiece of contemporary design and long distance cruising, Twizzle provides the perfect ingredients for superb charter experience.  Twizzle’s fabulous outdoor areas are complemented by a magnificent but understated elegence and luxury, together with the state of the art communications and audio-visual systems and a full watersports inventory including a Nitrox dive centre, sailing dinghy, and kayaks.

S/Y  Twizzle has been designed to race in Regattas and Ocean Races and has one of the most advanced sailing rigs ever built. The sails can be hoisted in minutes and Twizzle can sail even in the lightest of breezes.

Twizzle’s crew is one of the finest and most experienced in the Yachting Industry and have been with the hands-on Owners for many years. And with one of the best Chef’s in the industry, a Charter on board Yacht Twizzle will be an unforgettable gourmet experience.

Technology on Yacht TWIZZLE:

Twizzle defines ‘state-of-the-art’ and boasts the latest technology in every department

•Advanced swim platform in aft
•Hydraulic swim ladder, shower
•Fly Bridge, Raised Pilot House and Aft Deck cockpit
•Ackerboom passerelle operated with wireless remote.
•2 x 21ft Castoldi Jet tenders each with 250hp engine
•2 x kayaks
•Laser sailing dinghy
•Bauer Scuba compressor with Nitrox system
•Dive and Snorkel equipment & tanks.

Twizzle Being Turned at Royal Huisman

Here is a summary of Twizzle’s specifications (Principal dimensions (metric)):

Yard no. 386
Type: Flybridge Cutter Rigged Ketch
Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects Ltd
Exterior and Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon Ltd
Interior décor: Todhunter Earle Interiors
Project management: Steve Jacover – Yacht Project Management
Captain: Gordon Percy – Owners Build Captain
Paint Consultants and Inspection: CCS Coating Services
Builder: Royal Huisman
Year of delivery: 2010

Length over all (l.o.a.): 57.49 m / 188.61 ft
Length on design waterline (d.w.l.): 48.95 m / 160.73 ft
Beam max. 11.59 m / 37.99 ft
DWL draft to USK (max) board down: 10.80 m / 35.43 ft
DWL draft to USK (min) board up: 3.80 m / 12.47 ft
Displacement at DWL: 550 tons / 1,212,543 lbs
Gross tonnage: 498 GT
Hull speed: 17 knots
Range: 4000 Nm at 12 knots boat speed

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