The truly breathtaking contemporary three-masted schooner Sea Eagle II has been successfully delivered by Royal Huisman.
The world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht is now on her way to the Mediterranean. Sea Eagle II, designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley, features an impressive plumb bow and modern Panamax rig by Rondal, making her not only powerful but recognisable all over the world. With an overall length of 81m / 266ft, she is the largest yacht built at Royal Huisman’s shipyard and joins another Huisman build – Athena – in the top 10 ranking of the world’s largest sailing yachts.
She is, by any measure, a head turning superyacht destined for greatness. Nearly all board systems, such as gensets, air conditioning, waste water treatment and electronics, were thoroughly tested in the year prior to launch to avoid any surprises during the commissioning stage. Strict Covid-19 regulations and detailed protocols introduced in Spring eventually allowed the team to safely “pick up where they left off ” in these extraordinary times.
The sail handling and remaining propulsion systems were successfully tested and signed off during recent trials, which even during testing gave very promising insights into this yacht’s capabilities. Spectacular speeds over 21 knots can be achieved in the ultimate sustainable way by powering up SEA EAGLE II’s Rondal rig, which can carry over 3500 square meters of sail area evenly distributed over her carbon Panamax masts. The full sail area is controlled by 34 winches from sailing system integrator Rondal.
The largest winches – for the yankee, staysail sheets and mizzen sheet runners – are capable of a tremendous 18 tons (18,000kg) pulling load. Royal Huisman’s largest yacht ever was commissioned by the Owner of the 43m / 142ft sloop Sea Eagle (Royal Huisman, 2015) who in doing so, reaffirmed his confidence in the ability of the shipyard to build his ultimate dream-yacht. The Royal Huisman team made this grand aspiration into a striking reality, keeping its promise of “If you can dream it, we can build it”. The delivery of Sea Eagle II is a time of significant pride for all parties concerned: it is the beginning of a great adventure for her owner, family, friends and crew – and of the shipyard’s new role as a provider of services, assisting the crew as they familiarise themselves with this grand new vessel. Designed and built to operate in a testing ocean environment,
Sea Eagle II is the culmination of performance, luxury and reliability – proudly backed by the shipyard’s team with expert advice, service and support worldwide, not only throughout the warranty period but far into the future. The team from Royal Huisman wishes her owner and everyone onboard Sea Eagle II fair winds and following seas, as well as the wonderful quality time experience that is inherent to every Royal Huisman superyacht.