BY APB Staff on 7 Jan 2019

Project 404 will be a technologically advanced, sleek and powerful luxury sailing yacht

Royal Huisman announces that they will build MM597, called “Project 404”, a no-compromise 59.7m (196ft) performance sloop that will harness exceptional sail power and system technologies.

The aim is to create the ultimate world performance cruising sloop that will push the boundaries of operating systems and integrated rig technologies to set new benchmarks for performance and efficiency. What will result is a “sleek and powerful sailing yacht of iconic, imaginative design, which will marry unprecedented performance with luxurious and innovative amenities.”

Royal Huisman Announces Project 404 A 196 Feet Cruising Sloop 2

(Photo: Concept sketch – Royal Huisman)

The team will consist of the renowned Malcom McKeon Yacht Design for the naval architecture; acclaimed French design house Liaigre for the interior architecture; Southern Spars for the integrated rig package and Rondal for the captive winches; and the inhouse engineering and build will be done in-house by Royal Huisman. The experienced Gregory Monks will represent the owner.

Project 404’s Alustar aluminium hull and low profile carbon composite superstructure will provide a proven structural platform for a modern yacht with a wealth of innovative systems developments. By embracing powerful emerging technologies for the next generation of superyachts, Royal Huisman’s aim is to leave no technological stone unturned.

Throughout Royal Huisman’s superyacht-building history, the shipyard has embraced what it calls “the spirit of individuality”, to which this project will play.

Current technical specifications:

Type: High-performance sloop with retractable propulsion
Length overall: 59.7 m / 196 ft
Accommodation: 12 guests and 10 crew
Owner’s representative: Gregory Monks
Naval architecture: Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design
Interior design: Liaigre
Builder: Royal Huisman
Hull material: Alustar aluminium
Superstructure: Carbon composite
Classification: Lloyd’s Register – MCA
Year of delivery: 2022