WORLD’S LARGEST ALU­MINUM SAIL­ING YACHT IN BUILD

Yachts International - - Making Waves -

Dutch builder royal Huisman, in co­op­er­a­tion with Dyk­stra naval ar­chi­tects, de­signer Mark White­ley and Bart kim­man of northrop & John­son asia, has be­gun con­struc­tion of a 266-foot (81-me­ter), three­masted con­tem­po­rary schooner for an asian client. she is in­tended to be a world cruiser with a fly­bridge that has guest seat­ing, and a shel­tered main cock­pit with a bar, so­fas and a ta­ble. The ex­te­rior de­sign in­cludes a slid­ing ron­dal door with in­di­vid­u­ally op­er­ated, mov­ing glass pan­els that are in­tended to cre­ate a seam­less tran­si­tion from the cock­pit to the in­te­rior. The car­bon rig by ron­dal is ex­pected to have car­bon stand­ing rig­ging and will clear the bridges of the Panama Canal. White­ley’s mod­ern in­te­rior de­sign is based on alpi wal­nut bulk­heads and oak soles. (alpi is a nat­u­ral ma­te­rial said to of­fer high per­for­mance in an eco-sus­tain­able man­ner.) De­liv­ery is sched­uled for 2020. roy­al­huis­man.com Hakvoort Ship­yard has de­liv­ered the 125-foot (38.25-me­ter) So­prano, de­signed for first-time own­ers as “a true gen­tle­man’s yacht.” Her ex­te­rior, by Diana Yacht De­sign, has clas­si­cal aes­thet­ics and a ca­noe stern—a key el­e­ment of the own­ers’ brief. In­te­ri­ors by Felix Buy­tendijk are un­der­stated in tone and color, with ma­hogany, white lac­quer and lime­stone. Buy­tendijk likens So­prano’s sky lounge styling to a New Eng­land beach house. The sun­deck has a teak sole, hot tub, bar and grill. So­prano is avail­able for char­ter in the Mediter­ranean through Ocean In­de­pen­dence. hakvoort.com

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