“Build me a beast. Don’t build me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This has to be an edgy and innovative weapon; Fast and Furious.” Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman have announced that they have been appointed to design and build what can only be described as an edgy and innovative high-performance 58m (190ft) sloop. This exciting design is new in every sense of the word and will embody the past experience of both designer and yard whilst encouraging advances in all the disciplines required to design and build a yacht of such stature.
In an innovative move for Dubois she’ll feature a dramatic sheer line and sculpted bow that beside its ‘edgy’ look returns added strength and seaworthiness. The molded glass superstructure and crisp stern shape add further to the look of this inherently progressive design.
A slender easily driven hull form will be refined with extensive tank testing to include studying the shape of a high-span lifting keel and the configuration of the carbon fiber rudder arrangement. With mast and deck hatches by Rondal a high aspect sail plan and large square top mainsail will add the final measure of horsepower that will be tamed by twin steering stations noted for Royal Huisman’s ability to engineer these without power assistance.
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.
Described as an Innovator, Francis Sultana will style relaxing accommodations comprising a master ‘apartment’ that includes a gym, sauna and library as well two guest staterooms and large open expanse of main deck salon with attached outdoor seating. Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London based Rick Baker LTD and having been involved in some of the most high-profile projects on the planet, The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.
Keel laying, scheduled for January 2015 offers a delivery in the Spring of 2017.
Ed Dubois comments: “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. We are so very thrilled that this yacht will be built by one of the world’s most experienced and famous builders of sailing yachts, Royal Huisman. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for a designer.”