Royal Huisman flagship nears delivery following sea trial completion
Sea Eagle II, the world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht, is due to be delivered next month following completion of sailing trials.
The 81m superyacht, which began construction in June 2017, was launched back in January, however due to the outbreak of Covid-19 sea trials had to be halted. Now, having been able to complete trials safely, Sea Eagle II has claimed a number of firsts. She is the largest yacht ever built by Royal Huisman, the largest Asian-owned yacht, according to the Dutch builder, and is one of the top 10 largest sailing yachts in the world.
Sea Eagle II was trialled in the North Sea, with Royal Huisman revealing the tests offered “very promising insights into this yacht’s capabilities”, adding that it estimates the yacht will reach speeds of over 21 knots under sail. Rondal a Dutch superyacht engineering solutions company, was responsible for the vessel’s carbon rig construction which holds over 3,500sqm of sails.
“It may look like a contemporary modern sailing yacht now but in 50 years’ time it will be a classic,” said Dykstra Naval Architects, which was responsible for the naval architecture, as well as working with Mark Whiteley Design on the exterior styling.
The vessel is a three-masted Panamax schooner and has been built in aluminium to LY3 standards, with accommodation for up to 12 guests and 13 crew. Key features include a sundeck with full flybridge controls, a sheltered cockpit on the deck below with a bar and a large al fresco dining area. From here, a unique sliding door system, also created by Rondal, provides access to the main saloon. The inner area includes a dining table with room for up to 16 people.
In terms of toys, Sea Eagle II has space for water scooters, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and two tenders, as well as diving equipment. Those looking for a further adrenaline rush can climb aboard the hydraulic crow’s nest, which will rise up the main mast and provide views out to sea.
At a glance: Sea Eagle II
- Type: Contemporary schooner
- Length Overall: 81m
- Exterior design: Mark Whiteley Design & Dykstra Naval Architects
- Interior Design: Mark Whiteley Design
- Naval Architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
- Year of delivery: 2020.