When Royal Huisman invited us for a visit to their shipyard last week, we just had to go and see what’s taking shape inside the sheds in Vollenhove. With so many unique projects currently in various stages of construction, we knew this would be a special visit. Follow Tom and I as we take you for a quick tour around the yard as they prepare for the launch of the 56-metre classic ketch that is due any day now.
First up is Royal Huisman’s largest yacht ever (both in length and volume), and what will eventually become the largest all-aluminium sailing yacht in the world, Project 400. The 81-metre project was commissioned by an Asian client last year. As seen in the footage, the shipyard is hard at work on this major project which is expected to be ready for launch in 2020.
Currently putting the final touches on the newly-built 56-metre classic ketch, this project is now in a testing phase where Royal Huisman simulates in-water conditions to test the yacht’s internal ventilation and extraction systems, saving time and resulting in hassle-free sea and harbour trials once she has been lowered into the water. Her jet-black hull and classic profile will be a stark contrast on the water surrounded by other sailing yachts.
Last but not least, Meteor recently returned to the shipyard after 10 years at sea. She will be spending the winter period under the care of Huisfit and expected to be re-launched in the spring looking better than ever. Also checked-in at Huisfit currently (not filmed in the Vlog) is the 1930s classic sailing yacht Vargrant who arrived in Vollenehove earlier this summer. Closer to Amsterdam, the 70-metre Lürssen motor yacht Skat has returned to Holland to take advantage of another maintenance period with the Huisfit team.
Photo by Michael Kurtz Pantaenius
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