Aerial Gyrations for Spirit of Tradition Ketch

The hull of a brand new 49 metre ketch has been turned at the superyacht building yards of Royal Huisman where she is being constructed.

Her classically styled beauty with its thoroughly modern aspirations suggest this ketched rigged yacht will, with her well proportioned lines, will become a fast passage-maker and she promises to have an invigorating aptitude for performance.

49 metres extending to 55 with her elegant bowsprit, she combines classic traditional lines – including plumb bow and elegant counter stern and bears a strong resemblance to the early working sailing ships the likes of a pilot cutter or the Brixham Trawler.

Under sunny skies and watchful eyes the very proud super yacht owner, with his family close at hand, took to a makeshift podium to announce to his close friends that the Spirit of Tradition superyacht known only as yard number 388 would carry on with no name until the same group reconvenes to witness the official launch and christening ceremony.  “It’s great…“ he explained, “it’s my secret little project”

Project manager Jens Cornelsen has worked closely with naval architects Dykstra & Partners. Together they have married sympathetic period features such as gentle sheer, open deck space, neatly proportioned deckhouses and skylights, above the waterline, with a modern, easily driven hull shape below.

The canoe shaped underwater section sports a fully-ballasted lifting keel, deep carbon spade rudder and low wetted-surface areas. She has an Alustar hull, tall carbon Rondal spars and a comprehensive sail plan, and promises to be a powerful, lightweight yacht with sea keeping and performance under sail.

This will be complemented by stylish and comfortable amenities below decks where Rhoades Young Design have drawn upon classic references to create a mellow and invitingly luxurious interior.

With the hull turned it will not be too long before that interior takes shape and hull  388 gains her real name.