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New Launch: Royal Huisman 58m Ketch "Ethereal"

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  1. New Launch: Royal Huisman 58m Ketch "Ethereal"
    190’ of Technological Innovation​


    Informed commentators are already describing Ethereal as the most technologically advanced and complex superyacht ever built. Created by Ron Holland Design, Pieter Beeldsnijder Yacht Design and Royal Huisman – who also conceived her inspiration, the 43m ketch Juliet, back in 1993 – Ethereal is a graceful, 58m world-cruising ketch with classic sheer, easy-on-the-eye superstructure and beautifully appointed accommodation. But beneath the surface lies a host of leading-edge design and engineering features that collectively represent a quantum shift in energy efficiency, enabling Ethereal to operate for extended periods under her own resources.

    Photo credit: Piet Roskam
  2. The hybrid electro-mechanical propulsion system can re-charge her lithium polymer battery bank through the drive train under sail rather than relying on generators. She will be able to raise anchor, motor, hoist sails and run ship’s systems from quiet, stored electrical power. Energy demands have been rigorously addressed through major innovations in insulation, lighting, appliances, water making and air conditioning. Gains in speed and propulsion efficiency have been achieved from model and tank-testing. Large twin propellers and the ability to generate power from the main engines increase fuel efficiency and reduce maintenance. The winged keel increases windward sailing performance, whilst underwater appendages have been faired for lowest possible drag.

    Photo credit: Piet Roskam
  3. Ethereal’s rig is well-balanced between main and mizzen and includes two large furling jibs, main and mizzen staysails and an MPS for outstanding performance in a wide range of conditions. Launching in the fall of 2008, Ethereal is likely to attract worldwide attention for her combination of classic beauty and unique technological innovation.

    Specifications:

    LOA: 58.06 M
    LWL: 48.03 M
    BOA 11.42 M
    Draught: 4.90 M
    Displacement 472 tonnes fully loaded, half tanks
    Hull speed: 17 knots
    Yard No. 384
    Type: Performance Ketch Sailing Yacht
    Design: Ron Holland Design
    Interior: Pieter Beeldsnijder Yacht Design
    Builder: Royal Huisman Shipyards
    Delivery 2008

    For more information contact:

    Royal Huisman Shipyards
    Flevoweg 1,
    8325 PA Vollenhove, Netherlands
    +31 (-527) -243-131
    www.royalhuisman.com

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    Photo credit: Piet Roskam
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