Royal Huisman Is Building the World’s Tallest Sailing Yacht

Royal Huisman is vying to make marine history.

The Dutch yard is building what it says will become the tallest sailing yacht on the high seas. Known as Project 411 or Noir, the record-setting 264-footer will be fitted with a sloop rig that will tower 305 feet high. After launch, the vessel will eclipse the 417-foot Koru as the world’s tallest sailer. (For comparison’s sake, Koru has three masts that reportedly span between 213 and 280 feet.) Noir will also become one of the longest sailing yachts on the water.

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“I am pleased and humbled that we can highlight Royal Huisman’s 140th year of operation with the announcement of such a significant project,” the yard’s CEO Jan Timmerman said in a statement. “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.”

Royal Huisman Noir
A artist’s impression of Noir.

British naval architect Malcolm McKeon designed Noir for an experienced yachtsman who wants to sail the globe with his loved ones and closest friends. The performance sloop will showcase the Brit’s signature contemporary styling, with a reverse bow for maximum waterline length and a sleek hull for effortless cruising. The vessel will also feature expanses of glass and folding platforms to connect guests with the sea and a flybridge for alfresco entertaining.

Speed, power, and responsive handling were also part of the owner’s brief. As a result, Noir will built entirely from aluminum to reduce weight and increase speed. The yacht will also be equipped with electric drives that provide additional power as needed. The folks at Dutch outfit Rondal will supply the mast, boom, and integrated sailing system. All the deck gear will be black, hence the nickname Noir. The sloop will also be large enough to accommodate a 45-foot tender.

Spanish firm GCA Architects will spearhead the interior design of Noir. Details are rather scant, but designer Josep Juanpere Miret says the living quarters will complement the yacht’s modern exterior. Miret adds that a mix of natural materials and textures will create a “relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere.”

Royal Huisman didn’t share a delivery date for Project 411, but a yacht of such proportions will surely take a couple of years to come to fruition. Koru took over two years to build, for example.

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