Why 2017 is the year of Royal Huisman

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Think of quality, custom-crafted, Dutch-built sailing yachts and Royal Huisman immediately springs to mind. Operating at the top of a fiercely competitive market segment driven by owners in search of the latest in innovation, comfort, and safety, and, indeed, one that is facing the struggles of a declining interest from todays pool of superyacht owners, one can truly understand why the shipyards overpowering can-do attitude has become so important. To, not only survive, but also excel in this sector and retain its pedigree that is echoed in the Royal stamp of approval that the shipyard carries, Royal Huisman has adapted to and managed to breach the field of superyacht refits like no other Dutch yard has. We met up with the team that is keeping this ship pointing in the right direction to uncover the latest developments in the former fishing town of Vollenhove.

Its a surprisingly sunny and pleasant December morning as I am guided through the bustling build and assembly halls of the Royal Huisman shipyard. This is what Santas workshop must look like, I tell myself, as we enter the in-house carpentry division and hit by that familiar, warming smell of timber. The shipyard is in overdrive. Two new-build projects need to be delivered within the next 12 months and the start of the facilitys largest undertaking yet, the recently-signed 81-metre Project 400, is just around the corner.

It wasnt always like this, though, when operations first started in the town of Ronduite in 1884. For ....

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