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Flight of the eagle

The world's largest aluminium sailing yacht Sea Eagle II is approaching delivery after completing sea trials in the North Sea.

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After a successful series of sail trials, Royal Huisman’s three-masted  schooner Sea Eagle II is set for delivery.

Earlier this year, Sea Eagle II, designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley, was transferred from the shipyard’s headquarters in Vollenhove and launched in Amsterdam. Her three carbon Rondal masts and booms were installed and tuned at Royal Huisman’s Amsterdam facility.

The 81-metre contemporary schooner was on schedule for her delivery date, but COVID-19 restrictions in the Netherlands prevented the finishing touches from being completed.

Nearly all board systems, such as gensets, air conditioning, waste-water treatment and electronics, were thoroughly tested in the year prior to launch to avoid any surprises during the commissioning stage.

Strict COVID-19 regulations and detailed protocols introduced in spring eventually allowed the team to safely pick up where they left off in these extraordinary times.

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The sail handling and remaining propulsion systems were successfully tested and signed off during recent trials, which even during testing gave very promising insights into this yacht’s capabilities.

Spectacular speeds over 21 knots can be achieved in the ultimate sustainable way; by powering up Sea Eagle II’s Rondal rig, which can carry over 3,500 square metres of sail area evenly distributed over her carbon Panamax masts.

The full sail area is controlled by 34 winches from sailing system integrator Rondal. The largest winches – for the yankee, staysail sheets and mizzen sheet runners – are capable of a tremendous 18,000-kilogram pulling load.

Royal Huisman’s largest yacht ever was commissioned by the owner of the first 43-metre sloop, Sea Eagle.

Delivery of this impressive and already iconic superyacht Sea Eagle II is scheduled for July 2020.

 

royalhuisman.com

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