Royal Huisman Taps Emerging Market

Dutch builder signs an order for a 143-foot sloop from a Southeast Asia client.

Royal Huisman shipyard

The Royal Huisman shipyard in Holland, where a 143-foot sloop will be built for a client from Taiwan.Courtesy Royal Huisman

Southeast Asia is an emerging market that has the yachting industry salivating. The Hainan Rendezvous has been held in China since 2010, the inaugural Indonesia Yacht Show was held in 2013, and companies ranging from production builder Princess Yachts to brokerage powerhouse Edmiston and Co. have set up offices everywhere from Malaysia to Shanghai.

Now getting in on the action is the venerable Dutch builder Royal Huisman, which on New Year’s Eve signed a contract to build a 143-foot sloop for a Taiwanese national. The order is the first for Royal Huisman in this part of the world and will be built with naval architecture by Germán Frers and interior styling by Rhoades Young.

“Over the past several years, the team has worked hard to increase awareness and understanding of the Royal Huisman brand into the dynamics of Southeast Asia,” the builder stated in a press release. “They have also sought to develop an industry network by appointing regional liaisons including Bart J. Kimman, director of Northrop & Johnson Asia, who, following introduction acted as liaison between the client and shipyard during the negotiations to secure this order.”

The future owner is described as an experienced yachtsman who plans to bring his new build to superyacht regattas. The boat will be christened Sea Eagle, and Royal Huisman hopes it will serve as “a firm foothold in a valued new market.”

Learn more at www.royalhuisman.com.