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Update on the refit of Samurai at Royal Huisman

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The Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, renewed their focus on refit, repair and renewal in 2011. Boasting excellent service in their facilities in Vollenhove and deep-water locations in Harlingen, the division has welcomed year on year growth.

Due for delivery in summer 2015, the shipyard are currently working on the 42 metre superyacht Samurai. The client clearly stated several requirements of the refit, including the necessity of looking aesthetically pleasing as well as being extremely fast and technologically advanced. William Bishop of Yachting Partners International assisted the client with the selection of the interior designer, the creation of the exterior concept design and the choice of the refit shipyard. Yacht consultant Jens Cornelsen & Partner has undertaken the project management.

The conversion began with modifications to the carbon composite structure. Some carbon composite bulkheads have been re-installed to make way for an interior where once there was none. The new Japanese-inspired luxury furniture designed by Rhoades Young Design and built by Greenline Yacht Interiors is both comfortable and lightweight.

The exterior has also been revisited by Rhoades Young Design and will receive a new deckhouse and cockpits, a completely new colour scheme and decks covered with easy-to-maintain, ‘teak’ surfacing. A swim platform will be added to the transom, which will be deployed manually using a halyard, as a hydraulic system would have added unwanted weight.

Onboard systems that the original race boat lacked will be installed and high-speed hydraulic winches will substitute the manual winches. Her canting keel will be replaced with a lifting keel more suitable for cruising and access to shallow anchorages, in addition to a lightweight anchor system with a removable davit.

Royal Huisman’s design manager, Jan Knol, comments, “The aim has been to convert a pure racer into a fast cruiser and still keep the weight below a certain threshold, which has been very challenging for the team. This has meant closely investigating the weight of both the interior and exterior components being added. Honeycomb substrates, for example, are used for the interior furniture, and titanium for items of deck gear instead of stainless steel.”

The Samurai project is on schedule for a summer 2015 delivery.

By Gemma Fottles, photo by Hans Westerink

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