56m Royal Huisman ketch emerges from shipyard

Royal Huisman’s ketch, named Project RH399, has been spotted leaving her shed at the Dutch shipyard.

Due to be launched before the end of 2017, she was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, and sold in December 2014. Her owners, an American couple, wanted a yacht akin to that of a Bucket regatta racing yacht, for round-the-world cruising.

Speaking about her design, interior designer Mark Whiteley commented, “The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner’s family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck saloon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym.

“One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner’s extended family with twin beds that convert to a Queen-sized double with a set of Pullman berths above.”

The interior of the ketch is said to compliment the hull’s classic style, featuring raised and fielded painted panelling, and fine-varnished timber.

Thys Nikkels, from Dykstra Naval Architects explained, “The owner’s brief has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment. We created a slender hull with long overhands for an elegant and classic-looking yacht, with favourable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising.

“We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers and bicycles, she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas.”

Other design details include a circular skylight around the mizzen mast above the owner’s cabin, and a mid-deck lounge with sun canopy. She will also be able to carry a 6.2m jet drive tender, and features a three-metre side boarding platform.

According to reports RH399 will head to the Windward and Leeward islands, once delivered.

For more information, visit Royal Huisman

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