Following the teaser released prior to the Monaco show, Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has unveiled details of the 58m (190ft) Dubois sloop.
The project responds to a client’s requirement for an edgy and innovative model. “The owner is a highly experienced yachtsman and offshore racing sailor. He wanted a high-performance, go-anywhere cruising yacht that not only looks excitingly different, but is also beautifully built and luxuriously comfortable.”
The Dutch shipyard worked in collaboration with Ed Dubois naval architect, with Rick Baker and Paul Morgan for the interior design featuring signature furniture by Francis Sultana, and lighting by The Light Corporation.
“A great client, a great design team, and a great project,” comments Alice Huisman. “Everything about this project has our name on it: Royal Huisman is the perfect fit for every aspect of the project and the requirements to build it.”
The result is a dramatic sheer line and sculpted bow that offers innovative lines combined with seaworthiness, while a moulded glass superstructure and crisp tern shape add further to the look of what is an inherently progressive design. The slender, easily driven hull form will be refined with extensive tank testing at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton, UK, using a very large 6m/20ft model.
“The bigger the model, the more accurate the results, because you can scale everything except the viscosity of water,” explains Dubois. “Our aim is to reduce the wetted surface to minimise drag, while still retaining good stability. The hull lines will be finalised by November following the results of the tank tests.”
CFD analysis of a high-span lifting keel and the configuration of the carbon fibre rudder arrangement is also under way. A 71m/233ft mast by Rondal (like the hatches and reel winches), high-aspect sail plan and a powerful square-top mainsail will add the final measure of horsepower that will be tamed by twin helm stations.
On deck, wide teak planking with off-white seams will downplay a hidden crane, tender garage and large swim spa forward, whilst aft a sun bed connects to a beach deck with articulated swim platform.
“This is a thought-provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history,” says Ed Dubois. “This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for both designer and shipyard,” he concludes.