Royal Huisman has launched 48m (156ft) Wisp (yard no.393). She features a carbon composite Rondal mast just stepped in the seaport of Harlingen on Holland’s northern coast. The classic sloop, with her raked bow and cutter rig, is characteristic of the revival naval architecture by Hoek Design.
The owner’s brief was for a yacht that would perform well without excessive heel, hence her relatively beamy hull and spoon bow for a more gentle ride. Wisp features an oak and wenge interior by Rhoades Young that takes advantage of the large hull volume to create voluminous salons, a spacious full beam-master suite and extensive accommodation for both guests and crew. Alongside her aptitude for comfort, Wisp will also undertake occasional ‘gentleman’s racing’.
“Wisp is a shining example of how a modern sailing yacht can still impart a sense of Corinthian spirit,” comments Royal Huisman CEO, Alice Huisman. “Her quality design and construction provides ocean-going capability, comfort and performance.”
“It has been a challenge to meet the owner’s high expectations, but the successful result is thanks to hard work by all concerned,” says Nigel Ingram of MCM, acting as the owner’s representative, of its first collaboration with Royal Huisman. “The working relationship with the yard has been enjoyable and the quality of the yacht speaks for itself. We look forward to further developing the relationship with Royal Huisman over future projects.”
Ingram revealed to SB that MCM has been keen to work with Royal Huisman for some time and relished the opportunity to team up with the yard. “One of the strengths of the yard is the amount of testings they do in the shed, so the generators have been run for 100 hours, and the main engine has also been tested” he explained.
Wisp’s sea trails and further crew training will take place in the next weeks prior to delivery to her owner later this spring. In the meantime, Royal Huisman’s construction and Huisfit halls are focused on various distinctive projects, including three new build yachts ranging in size from just under 40m up to 52m in length overall.