Ambitious design

Royal Huisman and Malcolm McKeon unveil designs for the "world’s largest sloop", the Apex 850.

28 September 2020


Royal Huisman and the renowned superyacht designer Malcolm McKeon have announced an ambitious new 85-metre Apex 850 sailing yacht concept, which if built would become the world’s largest sloop.

The design of the Apex 850 features a towering 107-metre air-draft rig that will be sure to attract attention wherever in the world she drops anchor. The all-glass superstructure encompasses some 200-square-metres of guest cockpit and a luxurious saloon.

Apex 850 is fully resolved in terms of design, naval architecture and engineering. Technical challenges have been identified and addressed; potential for refinement explored and incorporated. The concept is therefore an unprecedented opportunity for an ambitious and creative owner to stamp their individuality while still viewing an unusually attractive delivery date for such a project.

Malcolm McKeon comments: “The sailing experience of Apex 850 will be sensational, with speeds in excess of wind speed in most conditions. Her retractable keel, optimised weight distribution and limited heel angle will provide stability, comfort and safety for all on board. Her twin high aspect rudders will provide a rapid response to her fly by wire helm.”


Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman adds: “Two of the world’s ten largest sailing yachts, Athena and Sea Eagle II, are Royal Huisman builds and Apex 850 would make a fitting third, easily becoming the largest member of this elite circle. Every Royal Huisman yacht benefits from the research, innovations and challenges of our previous builds, ensuring this would be the finest yet.”

The hull leads aft from the slicing reverse bow to a flared open stern where the yacht’s outdoor entertainment centre is located.

There is 50-square-metre beach club setup at the stern. The owner’s suite is a 250 square-metres apartment with full-height windows on each side of the cabin. There is four guests suites that can accommodate up to 12 guests and come in twin and double layout options.



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