Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Royal Huisman Shipyard


Some words that come to mind when you see the name or hear the name Royal Huisman are Quality, Individuality, Exclusivity and a true passion for Perfection. Last week I had the privilege of being at the yard and to see the layout and the friendly, helpful and enthusiastic employees just shows that this yard has got it right. They produce some of the best yachts in the world and would be down to the efficient work, attention to detail and perfection.

"The original Huisman yard was established in 1884 to build small wooden working boats. Some 125years later and having been awarded the "Royal" prefix on its 100th anniversary. Royal Huisman now builds luxury custom yachts that are widely regarded as the finest in the world"

The yard is now in the fourth generation of family owner-management and looks like it will continue in the family for many years to come. The yard have built all different yachts over the years, from modest cruising yachts to whitbread round the world, to the luxury superyachts of today. Some of the best known Royal Huisman yachts of today are as follows:

  • Maria Cattiva, 130ft, 2002
  • Athena, 295ft, 2004
  • Antares, 131ft, 2005
  • Gliss, 104ft, 2006
  • Meteor, 169ft, 2007
  • Ethereal, 190ft, 2009
  • Hanuman, 138ft, 2010
  • Twizzle, 188ft, 2011
Some of the new projects that are going on in the yard include Gitana 142ft performance cruise type superyacht and two modern classics Spirit of Tradition Ketch 176ft and Classic Cutter Rigged Sloop 120ft. Both of these yachts are designed by Gerard Dykstra & Partners with the interior by Rhoades Young. Another project that is in the pipe line at the yard is the Windjammer project 243ft, a modern yacht but classic tall ship look and feel.
There was only one downside to the yard and that was its location for launching the yachts. The yachts have to be but on a barge and transported through the canals to really be officially launched.

A Tradition of Excellence

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