Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has turned its largest hull to date, that of the 81-metre schooner known as Project 400. Construction on the massive project commenced last summer, with delivery to her Asian client scheduled for 2020.
She features naval architecture and exterior design by Dykstra Naval Architects, with her interior design undertaken by Mark Whiteley Design. First introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016, within a year Royal Huisman completed the design phase in close collaboration with the owner and his team.
To facilitate the huge hull construction, Royal Huisman’s largest shipbuilding hall was semi-permanently extended and upgraded. Simultaneously, the in-house specialists are working on Project 400’s superstructure, interior accommodation and board systems, whilst the production of the Panamax carbon rig and sail handling system started next door at sister company Rondal.
Commenting on the construction milestone, Royal Huisman says: “Now the milestone anticipated by all involved parties has been achieved: the massive aluminum hull of Project 400 was wheeled out of the construction hall and showed her immense scale. Four cranes performed the seamless manoeuvring routine, turning this work of art while she was hanging mid-air over the canal adjacent to the shipyard: the largest single piece lifted and turned by Royal Huisman ever. Before the end of the day the upright schooner hull was placed on a cradle and moved back into shipbuilding hall 2 that will be her home until completion in 2020.”