Now more than ever, yacht owners are embracing a sense of adventure. They are no longer content with merely cruising the traditional destinations, and instead wish to see the world. The owners who commissioned Project 405 at Royal Huisman are the perfect example. What’s more, they are the perfect example of hands-on owners, personally selecting the design and build team and playing an active role straight through construction.
Also called the Nauta Reichel Pugh 151 in honor of her design teams and LOA, this 151-footer (46-meter) intends to globetrot. Additionally, they plan to take the top podium spot in superyacht regattas. To keep her lightweight, Royal Huisman is employing aluminum as well as carbon composite. The shipyard says this will let Project 405 “present formidable competition to existing carbon yachts,” which populate regattas.
Speaking of regattas, the owners of Project 405 are already lining up a professional race team. They’re doing so with the assistance of Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport, who is further rserving as their representative. (On a related side note, Ingram, with his business partner Peter Wilson, has extensive experience representing sailing-superyacht owners and managing their projects from concept to completion.)
Because they already had a clear vision in their minds for their yacht, the owners tapped Nauta Design for the styling, and Reichel/Pugh for naval architecture. Nauta Design is handling interior design, too. No illustrations are yet available of the general arrangement, though brief details are. For instance, a dining area and lounge are within the deckhouse. Interestingly, the deckhouse design replicates that of the owners’ previous yacht, yet another Nauta Design project. Additionally, the owners have a full-beam master suite forward, plus three staterooms for guests. Finally, crew cabins and the galley go aft.
When Royal Huisman delivers Project 405 in 2022, she’ll have a carbon fiber Panamax rig. She’ll also be its first contract stemming from “intensive” calls and video conferencing—not in-person visits. Understandably, due to COVID-19, the owners couldn’t travel to the shipyard. However, much like many yards around the world, Royal Huisman continued operations with some staff at home and on-site craftspeople practicing social distancing and other government guidance.
MCM Newport mcmnewport.com
Nauta Design nautadesign.com
Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design reichel-pugh.com
Royal Huisman royalhuisman.com