The Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has released the first shots of the 46-metre super sailing yacht Reichel / Pugh Nauta 151 hull turning as she moves into the next stage of construction. The yacht has been design from Nauta Design and Reichel / Pugh Yacht Design and employs the shipyard's new Featherlight method, leading her to be referred to as, The Feather.
Photo: Tom van OossanenThe yacht has been designed to combine both performance and comfort, and the turning marks an important moment in the vessel's construction. From here the yacht will enter the outfitting stage, ahead of her delivery in 2022.Photo: Tom van OossanenPhoto: Tom van OossanenThe yacht features a straight bow, wide transom and twin rudders, typical features of hydrodynamic designs from Reichel / Pugh Yacht Design who are well known for the high-performance yacht. These include the 30-metre Southern Wind Morgana and the 34.4-metre Baltic yacht Nilaya.Photo: Tom van OossanenPhoto: Tom van OossanenInternally, the yacht features a combination of high-grade aluminium and carbon composite, utilising a semi-automated parametric structural optimisation process. During 16 iterations, the structural weight of has been reduced 11% compared to conventional methods.Photo: Tom van OossanenMany elements of the yacht have been constructed in carbon composite, including the trunk of the keel, the deckhouse, the guest cockpit and hardtop, all of which are being manufactured at Rondal.Photo: Tom van OossanenPhoto: Tom van OossanenRondal is also working on the yachts sail handling mechanisms, including carbon electric winches and a Panamax carbon rig. She will be the first large new-build yacht to launch with a configuration based on this method of rig design and engineering. The jib’s sail area will be maximised, introducing newly designed, curved spreaders, which will have a significantly slimmer profile design: aesthetically pleasing and decreased windage. Owner's representative Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport commented, "We are very happy with the good progress and excellent build quality. For me, personally, and MCM, it is great to be back for a new build at the shipyard in Vollenhove. I’m impressed by the creativity, attention to detail and innovative solutions that the shipyard and Rondal have applied in all areas of the yacht, particularly in many of the onboard and sailing systems. Lightweight aluminium construction has rarely been so carefully and successfully pursued in a large performance cruiser.”The yacht will be delivered to her owners in 2022.