Royal Huisman unveils Project 405

Royal Huisman has announced a new commission for a lightweight 46m high-performance cruiser sloop: “Nauta Reichel Pugh 151”. This versatile sailing yacht is to be built for very experienced owners who presented a stimulating brief: Comfort to explore the world, in an extremely lightweight structure to ensure victories in superyacht regattas. 

The owners did not just want to take delivery of such an intriguing yacht; they wanted to be part of the whole process of designing and building it, and enjoy every step of the way. Which is why from the moment of the project’s inception, the owners drew together the team that could realize this experience for them – 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 to provide the engineering and construction skills for the optimal end result.

The owners themselves, in addition to their extensive experience, brought their vision and confidence to the table: ingredients needed to see beyond the current world climate of Covid-19 restrictions. 

This forward-looking mindset is echoed in the “intelligent lock-down” measures implemented in the Netherlands since mid-March 2020 and promptly adopted by Royal Huisman. These measures allow 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.

Royal Huisman Project 405 “Nauta Reichel Pugh 151” will enter into Royal Huisman’s history as the 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.


Project 405’s lightweight aluminum and carbon composite construction will present formidable competition to existing carbon yachts, whilst combining comfort with the low sound levels of aluminum yachts. This sloop will optimize the innovative use of the materials that Royal Huisman know so well, complemented 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 fulfills a longstanding wish. Jan Timmerman (CEO Royal Huisman) says: “It is truly an honor to work with the owners and this great expert team of designers to realize their lightweight superyacht. The team of Royal Huisman is proud that the owners and their team have selected us for this innovative lightweight construction which was cleverly developed by our inhouse R&D team, backed up with over 55 years of experience with aluminum construction. This latest superyacht order confirms Royal Huisman’s adage “If you can DREAM it, we can BUILD it!” 

Project 405 is scheduled to be delivered in 2022.

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