"Build me my dream"
To hear a client saying these words is – without a doubt – a dream come true for any yacht designer and builder. Dykstra Naval Architects was delighted to be commissioned by an Asian client to design a truly breathtaking contemporary three-masted schooner. The client's dream has an impressive overall length of 81m / 266ft and a plumb bow, making her not only powerful and recognizable all over the world, she is also the largest yacht yet to be built at the Royal Huisman shipyard in Vollenhove and ranked in the top 10 of the world's largest sailing yachts: by any measure a superyacht destined for greatness.
Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects: "At Dykstra Naval Architects we are extremely excited and proud to be part of the creative team for this 81m, three-masted performance schooner. Using our experience and inventive minds to create an innovative contemporary schooner yacht for fast passage making is one to tick off our Bucket List."
Mark Whiteley of Mark Whiteley Design: "Building a project with Royal Huisman is a very special experience for a designer, jointly designing an 81m new build is an opportunity of a career lifetime so I'm thrilled to be collaborating with Dykstra Naval Architects and the shipyard on this fast contemporary schooner"
Royal Huisman regional liaison, Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia: "It is a great pleasure and honour to have contributed significantly in realising this trendsetting 81m project for a client in Asia"
Good performance combined with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. Dykstra Naval Architects have focused all their considerable expertise on the creation of a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The carbon rig by Rondal – 'clearing Panama Bridge' – will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains "the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance." Towing tests, wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and a Velocity Prediction Program are all undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.
Mark Whiteley designed a modern interior in balance with the exterior living spaces. The design is based on Alpi Walnut bulkheads and comprises oak floors. Alpi is a natural material which - thanks to technology - achieves high performance and eco sustainable quality. A very high comfort level for the owner, family and friends are very important considerations, but the yacht can also be used as a platform for business meetings. The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests, featuring a combined saloon with comfortable seating and a large table with sixteen seats for formal dining.