Royal Huisman turns sailing yacht Project 404

Written by Louis Parkes-Talbot

After seven months of construction time, Royal Huisman has unveiled some images of their secretive Project 404 (aka MM597) as they recently turned the 59.7-metre hull in Vollenhove. Malcolm Mckeon Yacht Design and Studio Liaigre are responsible for the exterior and interior of this coming project.Royal Huisman Project MM597 in VollenhovePhoto: Royal HuismanThe final product, due to be delivered in 2022, will be a high-performance sloop with a reversed bow and striking hull lines. She is set to host up to 12 guests and 10 crew who will have the option to board via the platforms on either side of the yacht or the large transom opening which will create the beach club.

Royal Huisman Project MM597Photo: Royal HuismanAt the yard's sister company, Rondal, the contours of the carbon composite deckhouse, cockpit coamings and main sheet arch are all currently under construction. The new superyacht will also feature a lifting keel, retractable propulsion, twin carbon rudders, carbon electric winches and a large main tender hatch.

“The hull turning at Royal Huisman this week signifies a pivotal stage in her build and that this construction has remained on schedule, despite the worldwide pandemic, is testament to the yard’s strategic, meticulous approach and the incredible dedication of the entire team,” Malcolm McKeon comments.Royal Huisman Project MM597Photo: Royal HuismanGuillaume Rolland of Studio Liaigre adds: “The Liaigre team is extremely proud to be attending this very important milestone. We were able to appreciate from all angles and under daylight this 60-metre aluminium jewel.”Royal Huisman Project MM597Photo: Royal HuismanRoyal Huisman’s CEO Jan Timmerman concludes: “We always aim to offer our clients the experience of being involved with the build: visiting the shipyard facility, viewing the work in progress, getting a feel of what the yacht will be like – possibly even in combination with a 1:1 mock-up of key areas. The past months were ‘different’, but we managed to accommodate client involvement, all the same."

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