Project 400, World’s Largest Aluminum Sailing Superyacht, Starts

We’ll have to wait a while to see this record-setting schooner under sail. But, she’ll actually set two records upon delivery. First, she’ll be the world’s largest all-aluminum sailing yacht. Second, she’ll be the largest sailing superyacht delivered by Royal Huisman. For now, she’s called Royal Huisman Project 400.

Keel laying occurred in June on the 266-footer (81-meter), commissioned by an Asian client. Royal Huisman reconfigured its biggest construction hall to accommodate her. Even though some may believe Athena, at 295 feet (90 meters), is the largest Royal Huisman to date, the bowsprit is what lends that length. Her hull is actually 259 feet (79 meters). 

Royal Huisman Project 400 superyacht sloop construction

Project 400 is considered a performance schooner, anticipated to hit speeds around 20 knots. Dykstra Naval Architects employed tank tests as well as Velocity Prediction Program calculations to ensure her plumb bow, slender hull, and more met the owner’s seakeeping goals. Specifically, he wants to pursue global voyages, along with fast (and of course comfortable) cruising.

For complementary styling, the owner tapped Mark Whiteley Design to work with Dykstra Naval Architects. Project 400 looks sleek, and ready to point her bow toward an adventure. Guests can talk those adventures over with the captain on the flying bridge, where seating comes together around the helm. An additional steering station sits inside, on a partially raised bridge. Better yet, Project 400 has a hydraulic crow’s nest. (We can just envision someone pointing toward shore and shouting, “Land ho!”)

Royal Huisman Project 400 superyacht sloop saloon and dining area

Mark Whiteley Design is further designing the interior accommodations for the owner’s party of 12, and crew of 13. The saloon and 16-seat dining area shown here reveals that Project 400 has soft, soothing tones. Oak soles pair with Alpi walnut paneling. Alpi is a composite wood material blending several natural products. It’s common for yacht and cruise-ship interiors, car dashboards, residential paneling, furnishings, and more.

Overall, while Project 400 will serve both business and personal needs, the personal part seems prioritized. That’s because the schooner will have a fully stocked toy garage. She’ll tote a tender with dive gear, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and underwater scooters. The crew tender bay, meanwhile, situated toward the bow, will double as a crew cockpit when the boat is in the water.

Project 400 will be in the water in 2020.

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