In pictures: 47m Royal Huisman sailing yacht Nilaya launched

Netherlands-based yacht builder Royal Huisman has announced the launch of the 46.8-metre sailing yacht Nilaya. The high-performance cruiser sloop departed the Vollenhove facility last week and was launched at the shipyard’s deepwater location.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: Royal HuismanNilaya features naval architecture from the boards of Reichel / Pugh Yacht Design with Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport acting as the owners’ project manager on the build. Nauta Design styled both her interior and exterior design.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: Royal Huisman“While Nilaya is meant to take the owners world cruising, they also asked for a boat with all the ‘good habits’ of their previous racer, meaning responsiveness and excellent handling,” commented project manager Nigel Ingram. “Royal Huisman was not afraid to invest in research to explore and develop all manner of innovative weight-saving possibilities. They really chased the details.”Nilaya yacht and Royal Huisman teamPhoto: Priska van der Meulen/ Royal HuismanPreviously known as Project 405 and Reichel / Pugh Nauta 154, Nilaya is the first superyacht to utilise Royal Huisman’s new Featherlight™ design and production method. The shipyard has achieved 11 percent less weight than its typical advanced aluminium cruising yachts and has reduced weight without sacrificing stiffness or quality.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: Royal HuismanThe Featherlight™ process makes use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a design methodology inspired by spacecraft technology. The FEA modelling allows for various construction materials such as, Alustar aluminium plate thicknesses and frame spacing to maximise hull stiffness, while minimising total displacement.

Read: 46m high-performance sloop Project 405 in build at Royal HuismanNilaya yacht launchPhoto: RedCharlieMedia/ Royal HuismanRoyal Huisman brought the engineering and weight management in-house which allowed Nilaya to benefit from careful weight analysis. She uses lightweight foam coring for her interior with strategic decisions also made for her lighting, insulation, and all mechanical systems. As a result of this, Nilaya narrows the displacement gap between aluminium and carbon composite yachts.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: RedCharlieMedia/ Royal Huisman“With Reichel / Pugh, we set the target weight. Royal Huisman really embraced the concept. It was a very good process, good collaboration,” added Mario Pedol of Nauta Design.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: RedCharlieMedia/ Royal HuismanNilaya has been designed to combine both performance and comfort and features a straight bow, wide transom and twin rudders. Many elements of Nilaya have been constructed in carbon composite, including the trunk of the keel, the deckhouse, the guest cockpit and hardtop, all of which were manufactured at Rondal.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: RedCharlieMedia/ Royal HuismanNilaya is also the first yacht of this size range designed to take advantage of structured luff sail design pioneered by Doyle Sails. This choice allowed for the entire Rondal mast, rig, and components to be lighter. Rondal created a radical new curved carbon fibre spreader design, to take advantage of the very narrow headsail sheeting angles, which allows Nilaya to be more aerodynamic. Unlike other yachts that use titanium, Rondal supplied Nilaya with new generation hybrid (carbon and aluminium) captive winches, hatches and various sail handling gear.Nilaya yacht launchPhoto: RedCharlieMedia/ Royal HuismanBuilt for experienced owners, Nilaya is able to accommodate up to 10 guests across five staterooms as well as a crew of eight in four cabins. She will be delivered to her owners in the coming months.Royal Huisman RP Nauta 151 yacht exterior design"The success of the innovations with Project 405 paves the way to use this bold new approach for future builds. I am proud of the investment we have made in advanced engineering and of the way teams from Royal Huisman and Rondal advanced new solutions to meet the brief from very knowledgeable clients and designers,” concluded Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman.

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