Superyacht of the week: Royal Huisman's Pumula

In 2012, acclaimed Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman launched the remarkable and eloquently elegant sailing yacht Pumula. On her maiden voyage, she took on a summer cruise towards Norway and Spitsbergen, and traveled all the way to the Caribbean the following winter. With 12,000 nautical miles and two meteorological extremes under her belt in this successful first year of sailing, Pumula shows off strength and flexibility that, combined with her charming character, makes her an ideal sailing yacht that combines a classic take on sailing with contemporary technology and luxury.

With her sleek silhouette, sharp bow and classic counter stern, Pumula evokes a crystal clear image of a classic vessel, confident and ready take on the adventurous journeys of past ages. But don't let these classic appearances fool you, for she is unmistakably a modern superyacht, with all the comforts, technologies and top performance that one might expect from a contemporary superyacht of this stature. What's so exquisite about Pumula, is the fact that she skilfully masks most of the technology onboard, resulting in a vessel that brings all the charms of classic sailing yacht design into the modern era, offering remarkable attention to detail, soothing ambiance and excellent performance. Pumula offers the type of quality and ambiance that can only be achieved by a true love and appreciation for classic sailing, which all parties involved in this grand project undoubtedly brought to the table.

In short, Pumula blends the contemporary with the classic, showing us a superyacht that is solidly based in sailing tradition yet offers incredible amounts of comfort, luxury and style, along with exceptional and graceful handling. At just over 37 metres LOA, Pumula is, above all, an honest vessel, with owners that wanted to create a vessel combining a beautiful, straightforward and uncomplicated vessel.

With naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects and interiors by Rhoades Young, Pumula shows an undeniably classic exterior with sleek, subtle lines and low profile, teak-clad deckhouses and well-proportioned cockpits. The principle cockpit offers a spacious ambiance with perfect vista views, designed around a large al fresco dining table, and conveniently incorporating refrigerated storage facilities. With the helm station situated just aft of this cockpit, practicality and social functions are conveniently combined.

Pumula offers a balanced look, standing firmly in the tradition of classic sailing yachts. Her airy decks are smooth, sleek, spacious and stripped of any abundance in detail, with large cockpits and a well-proportioned hull, with one central wheel at the helm station, which offering superb and unobstructed sightlines.

Pumula's interiors are as light and fresh as they are classically inspired. This inspiration does not reflect a classic style literally, but rather shows through in the overall ambiance that is pleasantly bright, soft and airy. With dark oak flooring, bleached oak joinery and white paneling forming the base, Pumula's design concept shows a calm and soft character with ample of smart and surprising, yet subtle, features throughout.

Inside the main deckhouse, natural light flows into the room through large windows on three sides and skylight hatches, emphasised by white painted wooden paneling. A large, U-shaped dining area port, with stylish oak table, and an informal seating starboard side, form the main areas, the latter of which conveniently conceals a navigation station.

The colour palette onboard is based on white, light and dark oak and soft pastels for upholstery. Furnishing is smooth and curvy, inviting and undeniably classic, yet light and friendly. A few steps fore, and down, lead in to the lower saloon, which is equally light and inviting. This space offers a soft ambiance, with a comfortable seating and entertainment area starboard side, consisting of a large sofa paired with two inviting classic armchairs, and a breakfast and cocktail bar port, which is an extension of the galley and can be closed off from the saloon when desired. Next to the bar, a door leads into a double cabin, available either for guests or a local pilot.

Moving aft from the main deckhouse, the guest accommodations can be found. Here, two wonderfully appointed twin suits, one starboard and one port side, are located. Aft, the owner's spacious full beam is an exquisite example of light, airy and a classically designed luxury suite, with an unmistakable contemporary and friendly ambiance. The master suite offers a kingsize bed along the centreline, looking outside through the aft deckhouse.

The onboard colour scheme and material palette have been integrated seamlessly into the master suite, resulting in a light, classic and invitingly soft atmosphere. The suite offers a large stateroom, office space, a casual seating area which can be transformed into a sleeping arrangement and a lovely private aft cockpit.

Here, a private table and U-shaped seating, offers a perfectly private area with wonderful panoramic views. All guest suites offer great en-suite accommodations, with large shower areas and designed a subtly classic style.

There is a pleasing, overall sense of friendliness and lightness onboard Pumula. She respects the age-old traditions of sailing, but takes it into the modern age where comfort, luxury and technology are equally important as style and tradition. But what's most attractive about Pumula, is that she offers her guests a wonderful sensation of the attractive spirit of sailing: a sense of freedom, being one with the elements and looking at the horizons, wanting to know what is there to discover.

Royal Huisman
+31 527 24 3131
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Rhoades Young Design
+44 (0)1590 688912
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Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects
+31 (0)20 6709533
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By Jochem Kaan, Photos by Cory Silken and Tom Nitsch



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