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A touch of science fiction

“If a rigger who left the industry a few decades ago returned today, he might get the impression he was in the latest Spielberg science fiction blockbuster,” says Rondal rigger Jan Slot. “Masts are cooked, fibres are stored in freezers and standing rigging cables are cured – while lengths above 65 metres have become the standard. Welcome to the brave new world of superyacht rigging.

“When I joined Rondal 30 years ago, wooden masts only existed for the classic flat-bottomed yachts. The most modern material for spars was aluminium. Back then, a superyacht rig at Rondal was a stick for a 65-footer , corresponding to a total mast length of some 25 metres. In-mast furling, not in-boom furling, was the key to success.

In those early days, we would step something like ten masts every year. The procedures were relatively simple and we didn’t use safety harnesses, helmets or headsets – you just rolled up your sleeves and got on with the job. Standing rigging was made from wire until it was replaced by rod rigging – a solid metal cable, which was stronger but still very heavy.

“Rigging systems, and yachtbuilding, have truly come a long way over the last few decades. I’ve witnessed much of the evolution in terms of the adoption of modern techniques and materials in superyacht rigging during my time at Rondal. I expect the ingenuity and dedication of our craftsmen and engineers to yield just as many exciting innovations in the years to come.”

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News

  • 21 jul 2017

    The classic 39m / 128ft schooner - launched in 1913 - will be rebuilt completely by Royal Huisman’s dedicated refit department.

    Herreshoff's legacy has fascinated yachting lovers for more than a century. Vagrant’s owner – well aware of the yacht’s history – clearly briefed Team Huisfit to reconstruct Vagrant’s magnificent grace and style, inside and out, with the utmost respect and care for her historic value, but also to re-engineer her with the most modern quality materials and board systems for sensible, effortless and safe operation. With this extensive Huisfit, Vagrant and her magnitude will be preserved well into the future.

    Vagrant arrived at the Royal Huisman facilities in Vollenhove where the yacht will be fully stripped. The rebuild will begin with the sandblasting and preservation of her 33m / 109ft over-a hundred-years-old steel hull, after which a new deck and all necessary outfitting will be re-installed. Dykstra Naval Architects and Rondal will provide the re-rigging of her schooner-rigged sail plan with yankee, staysail, main staysail and queen fisherman, while new Rondal aluminum masts will be constructed for the inside furling of the fisherman and mainsail. 

    The luxury owner’s and guest accommodation will be refurbished, whilst new crew’s quarters are created in Royal Huisman’s joinery. Without compromising on space the engine, generators, heating, air conditioning and more will be smartly concealed behind wooden panels and cabinetry.

    Thanks to her owner’s vision and respect for her legacy Vagrant will not become a piece of forgotten history but instead, will remain a living legend - sailing and enjoyed by many for decades to come.

    The rebuild of Vagrant is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

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Events

  • 14 nov 2017

    METS is the Premier European exhibition of equipment, materials, systems and services for the international leisure craft trade and industry.

    METS is the number one platform for marine products. Meet distributors, dealers, retailers, wholesalers and representatives from the boat building, repair and design sectors in an international environment with visitors from over 90 countries. With at least 150 journalists from the trade press on the look out for news and product stories, the chances for networking are second to none.

    Meet the Dutch Marine Equipment Suppliers in the Superyacht Pavilion Hall 10 and 11 in the two Holland Pavilions. 

    Heritage, Innovation, Creativity… and much more besides await you. Enjoy the Dutch hospitality and share your thoughts with specialists from every area of the Dutch superyacht industry.

    We look forward to seeing you in the HISWA Holland Yachting Group bar to give you all the information you need about our members!

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