The Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has just announced its plans to build the world’s largest sloop, the 85-metre New World Sloop, Project 410. According to the Amsterdam based shipyard, the project is set to be a ‘revolutionary’ step into the future for superyachts. The audience at the start of the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2022 received an exclusive unveiling, and judging from the response, Project 410 is set to become a much-talked-about yacht.
The news comes after it was unveiled several weeks ago that their 65-metre sailing yacht Project 408 would be Aquarius II, a larger sistership of the 56-metre, 2018 launched Aquarius.
The innovative New World Sloop, is to be built for an experienced owner who has sought to create a ‘leading-edge project that would be head-turning, arresting and iconic.’ The client also wanted to still provide all the necessary safety features, comforts and luxuries of a superyacht.
The 85-metre Project 410 is set to be the world’s largest sloop, composed of a massive carbon mast, boom and integrated sailing system designed and produced by Royal Huisman’s sister company, Rondal. Project 410 will be constructed in aluminum at Royal Huisman’s newbuild facilities in Vollenhove.
Project 410 sees the exterior and naval architecture of Frers Design team up with interior stylings of Dutch designers Wetzels Brown to present a concept that meets the challenging needs of the owner. Mani Frers created an innovative sloop with a revolutionary combination of naval architecture, clever use of space and structures and stunning exterior design, while Gill Brown’s thrilling and unique interiors almost literally transport her guests into a New World. The designs have been finalised after an intense year of development and the exciting preparations for the construction process begin.
The eco-friendly project aims for structural recyclability and will look to incorporate green energy to create a quiet operation and silent mode sailing. Wherever possible, Project 410 will use recycled materials or simple low-impact materials that will be crafted to create exceptional effects. RH410 also aims to be future-proofed wherever the technology permits or can be adapted to permit.
Royal Huisman aims to meet this sustainability objective in a variety of ways, the innovative technology Project 410 will use qualifies for the new Lloyd’s ‘Hybrid-Power’ certificate, as the yacht will be capable of generating energy during sailing. The silent and fumeless propulsion system will be provided by a 2-megawatt battery bank facility and will ensure ultimate comfort with maximum redundancy and sustainability.
Royal Huisman have proven and evolved their systems for over 14 years since the launch of their sailing yacht Ethereal in 2008, the world’s first hybrid superyacht. The board system set up may be considered a challenge by some in the superyacht sector but Royal Huisman are confident they can achieve this.
In summary, Project 410 is a sailing yacht that is a much lighter alternative to large motor yachts. She will be greener and faster, even at low speeds.
Royal Huisman CCO Peter Naeyé concludes: “It is an extraordinary honor to be entrusted with a project of such scale, ambition, and technical sophistication. This unique Project 410 perfectly reflects ‘who we are and what we do’ at Royal Huisman. A true performance superyacht with supersized dimensions, and full of technical innovations. This project is already iconic in every aspect and will be built by the finest craftsmen in the world in full collaboration with her talented designers. We’re all going to enjoy the realisation of bespoke excellence embraced with ’New World’ technology.”