Not one, but two big megayachts are in the proposal stage at Royal Huisman, in combination with two major design studios. What’s more, one is a sailing yacht, accompanied by a motoryacht. Though the sailing yacht, Project Lotus, is getting bigger billing, so to speak, they’re meant to travel the world together.
Royal Huisman is only teasing the two yachts at this point, along with their LOAs. Project Lotus measures 289 feet (88 meters). Interestingly, her shadow vessel is plenty big, too, measuring 230 feet (70 meters). The two designs come from the same pair of studios, ThirtyC Yacht Design for styling and Dykstra Naval Architects for naval architecture.
In a word, the idea behind Project Lotus is adventure. The build and design teams envision owners who thrill to sailing, simultaneously welcoming adventure cruising under power. The sailing thrills will come thanks to a dual-mast DynaRig setup. Dating back about 50 years, the DynaRig is a version of a square rigger. It boasts aerodynamic efficiency, because when the crew deploys the sails, no gaps appear where the sails end and the yards begin. Essentially, they become single, long sails. Other sailing superyachts employ the DynaRig, notably Maltese Falcon and Black Pearl.
Of course, because each yacht is a custom design and build, buyers can specify broad details.
Royal Huisman intends to reveal more details during the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.
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ThirtyC Yacht Design thirtyc.com