Ultimate accolade

Royal Huisman has revealed a new commission for an impressive lightweight, 46-metre, high-performance cruiser sloop.

03 June 2020


The Nauta Reichel Pugh 151 unveiled by Royal Huisman is set to be a versatile sailing yacht built for very experienced owners to explore the world in comfort, while constructed in lightweight materials to ensure victories in superyacht regattas.

The owners did not just want to take delivery of the yacht; they wanted to be part of the whole process of designing and building it and enjoy every step of the way.

The team tasked with designing the yacht includes Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport and the owners’ professional race team for specialist consultation, Nauta Design for the exterior and interior styling, Reichel/Pugh for the yacht’s naval architecture, Rondal for her carbon Panamax rig, and Royal Huisman, who will provide their engineering and construction skills.

Intelligent lockdown measures implemented by Royal Huisman since mid-March 2020 has allowed the shipyard team to continue working in strict observance of the regulations, such as the continuous monitoring of its workers’ health situation, social distancing, office staff working from home and workshop employees working in shifts to limit the number of people on site.


The Royal Huisman Project 405 Nauta Reichel Pugh 151 will be Royal Huisman’s first yacht that was contracted as the result of intensive video conferencing and telephone calls between the owners, their representative and the design/build team.

This latest superyacht order confirms Royal Huisman’s adage: “If you can dream it, we can build it.”

Royal Huisman Project 405 will be constructed in lightweight aluminium and carbon composite. This sloop will complement these materials with extensive Finite Element Analyses to ensure the very best blend of “proven” and “cutting-edge” with target performance, excellent racing properties and sound ocean worthiness all thrown into the mix as well.

For Royal Huisman, the commission to build this innovative lightweight sloop fulfils a longstanding wish. Jan Timmerman (CEO Royal Huisman) says: “It is truly an honour to work with the owners and this great expert team of designers to realise their lightweight superyacht.

“The team of Royal Huisman is proud that the owners and their team have selected us for this innovative lightweight construction that was cleverly developed by our in-house R&D team, backed up by over 55 years of experience with aluminium construction.


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