“I started at the shipyard knowing that they had a healthy reputation as a leading builder of custom yachts built in aluminium. What I hadn’t realized, as I do now, is that the same specialist skills and craftsmanship was being equally applied to Royal Huisman’s Advanced Composites Division where I have now served for 14 years. With performance optimisation an increasingly important factor for our customers, we are fully equipped to build or refit carbon fibre hulls and superstructures to the highest standards that I could have imagined. To this end, our work is enhanced by the use of a laser-cutting machine for shaping carbon fibre cloth with pinpoint accuracy, as well as a five-axis 3D robotic milling machine that is interfaced into the design computer. I’m most proud to have been part of the growth and success of this division.
Currently I’m working on the pre-preg layup for the hull and deck of a 65-foot all-carbon sloop and a 58m high performance sloop with various composite components to complement its Alustar aluminium hull. Huisfit, the shipyard’s refit division, is also in the process of converting a famous all-carbon offshore racer by adding a lifting keel, new superstructure and a full lightweight interior.
The choice of carbon fibre or aluminium – or indeed both – depends on how individual owners want to use their yachts. I like to think that Royal Huisman is no ordinary custom shipyard due to our in-house expertise and purpose built facilities that house all the main trades associated with custom yacht building. From mechanical systems to cabinet making, we provide our customers with an ‘all under one roof’ approach to custom yacht building. I can only imagine that this has to be a rewarding experience for our customers.”
Heritage, innovation and creativityare the three pillars that form the foundation of the Dutch Yachting Industry