In a true celebration of vision and confidence, Royal Huisman announced a new commission for an impressive lightweight 46m high-performance cruiser sloop: Nauta Reichel Pugh 151.

This versatile sailing yacht is to be built for very experienced owners who presented a stimulating brief: comfort to explore the world, in an extremely lightweight structure to ensure victories in superyacht regattas. And the owners did not just want to take delivery of such an intriguing yacht; they wanted to be part of the whole process of designing and building it, and enjoy every step of the way.

Which is why from the moment of the project’s inception, the owners drew together the team that could realize this experience for them – Nigel Ingram of MCM Newport and the owners’ professional race team for specialist consultation; Nauta Design for the exterior and interior styling, Reichel/Pugh for the yacht’s naval architecture, Rondal for her carbon Panamax rig, and Royal Huisman to provide their most-qualified engineering and construction skills for the optimal end result.

The owners themselves, in addition to their extensive experience, brought their vision and confidence to the table: ingredients needed to see beyond the current world climate of Covid-19 restrictions. Royal Huisman Project 405 “Nauta Reichel Pugh 151” will enter into Royal Huisman’s history as the first yacht that was contracted as the result of intensive video conferencing and telephone calls between the owners, their representative and the design / build team. Royal Huisman Project 405’s lightweight aluminum and carbon composite construction will present formidable competition to existing carbon yachts, whilst combining comfort with the low sound levels of aluminum yachts.

This sloop will optimise the innovative use of the materials that Royal Huisman know so well, complemented with extensive Finite Element Analyses to ensure the very best blend of “proven” and “cuttingedge”, with target performance, excellent racing properties, and sound ocean worthiness all thrown into the mix, as well.