Royal Huisman Turns Its Largest Hull Ever

The 266-foot hull is on track to become one of the 10 biggest sailing yachts in the world.

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This 266-footer is the builder's largest yacht project to date.Royal Huisman

Royal Huisman has turned the hull of Project 400, a 266-foot design that is expected to become one of the world’s 10 largest sailing yachts — and the world’s largest aluminum sailing yacht — upon her delivery in 2020.

The Dutch builder unveiled the project at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, in conjunction with Dykstra Naval Architects, designer Mark Whiteley and Asia-Pacific representative Bart Kimmam. Assembly of the hull began in June 2017.

Project 400’s hull is so big that Royal Huisman’s largest shipbuilding hall had to be extended and upgraded to accommodate it. Separate teams are working on the superstructure, interior accommodations and more. Sister company Rondal is building the Panamax carbon rig and sail-handling system.

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Project 400’s hull is so big that Royal Huisman had to be extended and upgrade shipbuilding hall to accommodate it.Royal Huisman

Turning the hull required four cranes that, at one point, had the hull hanging in midair over a canal. Once the hull was upright, it was cradled and moved back into the shipbuilding hall.

Can you see it? Project 400 has a plumb bow.