BY APB Staff on 3 May 2024

Noir will be the yard's fourth vessel in the ranks of the world’s top 10 largest sailing yachts.

Noir by Royal Huisman

Dutch custom superyacht builder Royal Huisman has revealed its plans for Project 411, Noir, a new 81-metre sailing yacht with the ‘tallest sloop rig in the world’. 

When completed, Noir will feature the world’s tallest sloop rig, rising to 93 metres, with the yacht’s air draft exceeding the current tallest rig by about 4 metres. The yacht will rank among the world’s top ten largest sailing yachts. 

The confirmed details of Noir include its all-aluminium construction and auxiliary power supplied by electric drives. Rondal will supply the mast, boom, and integrated sailing system. In keeping with the name Noir, all the deck gear and all windows will be black.

A design by Malcolm McKeon will feature McKeon’s contemporary styling with a reverse bow for maximum waterline length and a flying bridge for generous outdoor living space underway.

“We are very pleased to be building again at Royal Huisman,” says Malcolm McKeon. “Having built our award-winning 59.7-metre Sarissa there, we are well acquainted with the shipyard’s engineering skills, innovations, and the level of craftsmanship.”


The 47m Nauta and Reichel/Pugh design Nilaya, built by Royal Huisman.

Large areas of glass and folding platforms will keep guests connected to the sea. The yacht will carry a 14-metre tender, allowing coastal exploration and transport of guests and provisions without repositioning closer to a harbour.

Details of the yacht’s interior are under wraps, but GCA Architects of Barcelona, Spain are developing the design. Designer Josep Juanpere Miret said the interior will complement the exterior styling and mix woods and other natural materials and textures for a relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere.

READ: Royal Huisman’s Nilaya Completes First Transatlantic Crossing

“The capabilities of Royal Huisman can be seen in various ways, with no doubt the most important proof point being that we are selected by knowledgeable owners as the builder for their incredible and unique yachts,” says Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman. “I am pleased and humbled that we can highlight Royal Huisman’s 140th year of operation with the announcement of such a significant project.

“Of the hundreds of vessels our shipyard has delivered in its history, Project 411 will be our fourth yacht in the ranks of the world’s top 10 largest sailing yachts.”

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