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News: Yard No. 388 – Turning of the new 49 metre Ketch Hull at the Royal Huisman Shipyard

April 21, 2010 by Philip Mein
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Turning of the new 49 metre Ketch Hull at the Royal Huisman Shipyard took place in front of the eyes of the excited owner. Standing at the makeshift podium he announced, that the Spirit of Tradition yard number 388 would carry on without a name until her official launch and christening ceremony.

“E-mails come in with the subject line simply reading ‘388’. No one knows what goes on” says the owner “It’s my secret little project, a 49m secret”.

Constructed with highly modern aspirations and designed with classic beauty, this ketched rigged, fast passage-maker showed off her elegant structure for the first time. The ketch rigged hull number 388 extends to 55m with her grand bowsprit, combining classic traditional lines, including a plumb bow and an elegant counter stern, which enhance performance and fast passage. The 49m hull design takes inspiration from the early working sailing designs like the Pilot Cutter and the Brixham Trawler, able to reach around 15 knots.

The project manager is Jens Cornelsen, who has been working very closely with naval architects Dykstra & Partners as well as with the owner. The architects have drawn on their knowledge and experience in performance orientated classic yachts to the project, adding classic and modern elements into the yacht. They have combined sympathetic period features such as a gentle sheer, open deck space, neatly proportioned deckhouses and skylights are held above the waterline with a modern, easily driven hull shape below.

The new 49 metre Ketch hull features a canoe under the body, sports a fully-ballasted lifting keel, deep carbon spade rudder and low wetted-surface areas. With her Alustar hull, tall carbon Rondal spars and comprehensive sail plan, this will be a powerful, lightweight yacht whose sea keeping and performance will be complemented by style, comfort and luxury below.

For the interior design Rhoades Young Design are responsible. They took inspiration from classic references with modern craftsmanship, all translated into a mellow, elegant, and invitingly luxurious spaces.

It is only a matter of time, now that the Yard No. 388 hull has been turned, until we will be announced the name of this exciting hull and see her being launched onto the waters.

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