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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

  • 17 okt 2018

    A stunning yacht of rare beauty, combining classic hull lines with a powerful modern rig and a clean, contemporary chic above and below decks.

    Aquarius truly defines what it means to be a ‘modern classic’. With naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects and interior design from Mark Whiteley Design this magnificent 56m / 184ft ketch was realised by Royal Huisman together with Rondal and an outstanding team of rig specialists. Exceptional co-operation from the highly talented client team ensured a harmonious build and a highly successful outcome.

    The owners’ brief was for an elegant yet muscular sailboat with a classic profile, for family enjoyment. The yacht should have favourable sea keeping characteristics that are ideal for world cruising as well as standing her in good stead for the occasional Bucket regatta.

    Length: 56m / 184ft
    Naval architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
    Interior design: Mark Whiteley Design
    Project management: Godfrey Cray Maritime Ltd.

    Builder: Royal Huisman 

    Highres images and more information about Aquarius for press publications can be made available via Royal Huisman: please contact Jurjen van ‘t Verlaat (jurjen@royalhuisman.com or +31 527 243131).

     

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Events

  • 31 okt 2018

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will host the 59th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31- Nov 4, 2018. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. FLIBS is exactly where you want to be!

    Boating enthusiasts turned out in droves for the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which enjoyed a boost in attendance fanned in part by sunnier skies and consumer optimism about the economy.

    The 2017 boating spectacle, which ran Nov. 1-5 across seven locations in Fort Lauderdale, attracted 105,000 visitors.

    For more information visit the website here.

    Click here for the list of exhibitors.

    Show location Royal Huisman, Oceanco, Amels/ Damen, Heesen Yachts & Feadship: 
    Bahia Mar/ Hall Of Fame/Las Olas Marina Show - Superyacht Avenue 

    Opening hours

    Prime Time Preview
    Wed. Oct 31, Noon - 7pm
    (Ticket valid any show day)

    General Admission
    Thur. Nov 1, 10am - 7pm
    Fri. Nov 2, 10am - 7pm
    Sat. Nov 3, 10am - 7pm
    Sun. Nov 4, 10am - 6pm

    Adress
    801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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