Royal Huisman works on 58m carbon project
VOLLENHOVE – Hard on the heels of a 56m, two-masted sailing yacht, Royal Huisman _ maker of classic sailing craft for over 125 years _ has taken on a challenging new project. The yard is currently working on The Beast _ an 85m carbon sailboat that is due for launch in 2017. The yard says the owner is an experienced sailor who commissioned a high-performance yacht.
Masts and spars maker Rondal, a Royal Huisman company, has much experience with carbon. Still, The Beast is an unprecedented project given its size. Worldwide there are only a handful of carbon yachts that match the size of The Beast. The biggest currently afloat is the Hetairos III, built in Finland in 2011. That Dykstra Naval Architects design (left) stretches to almost 70m.
Tank testing for The Beast project started in September, 2014, with a 6m scale model. Based on those results, Ed Dubois Naval Architects drew up a definitive hull lines plan. Rondal will build the 71m carbon mast.