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Meteor returns to Royal Huisman for winter refit

Written by
Georgia Tindale

The 51.59-metre sailing yacht Meteor has returned to her home-yard of Royal Huisman for her winter refit at the yard’s Amsterdam facility. 

Delivered by the Dutch shipyard in 2007, the 51.59-metre schooner was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects in collaboration with John G. Alden and won the prestigious title of Sailing Yacht of the Year in the 2008 World Superyacht Awards. 

Her classic interior was designed by John Munford and will not be changed during the refit works, meaning that she will keep her wood-burning fireplace on board. 

On board, she accommodates six guests across three cabins, consisting of a full-beam master suite and two twin cabins. A crew of up to 12 is also accommodated for on board.

Meteor in Amsterdam pre-Huisfit 2017-8

After recently arriving at Huisfit, Royal Huisman’s department for superyacht refits, Meteor will benefit from a work schedule this autumn and winter consisting of various maintenance repairs and cosmetic improvements. In addition, the sailing yacht will also undergo her 10-year’s Lloyd’s survey for classification whilst at the yard. 

In addition, Meteor is also an impressive open water regatta racer, winning the 2009 St Barths Bucket and achieving class honours at the 2014 Newport Bucket and the 2017 Candy Store Cup.

Meteor at St Barths Bucket

Aside from her 1,800 square metre North sails wardrobe, the 51.59-metre yacht is powered by a single MTU 12V2000 M60 diesel engine, with a top speed of 11 knots and a range of 2,973 nm at cruising speed.  

Meteor joins numerous other superyacht refit projects currently underway at Royal Huisman, including the 33-metre classic Herreshoff schooner Vagrant - who began her two year overhaul at the yard back in July - and the 70.0-metre Lürssen superyacht Skat. 

Photos by Thijs Hofsteenge and Michael Kurtz Pantaenius. 

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