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Over the years, the shipyard team developed many smart solutions and several of these became industry-trendsetters. Research and development re-shaped industry practice and has always been the backbone of the company’s success, such as the pioneering use of aluminium in the 1960s and 1970s for yachts and race boats. Project 384, Ethereal, the world’s first hybrid superyacht was launched by Royal Huisman in 2008. Recent pioneering work in “FeatherlightTM” hull construction and in hybrid energy generation and management systems have re-shaped industry practice.
Innovation timeline videos: 90 seconds intro or 8 minute overview (links open a new tab). Left: project 384, Ethereal aka the world’s first hybrid superyacht. Below, left: Dr. Jim Clark’s driving vision and continuous energy led, in 1995, to the placing of an order to build an extraordinarily advanced sloop: project 368, Hyperion. Following two additional, impressive newbuild orders in recent decades (project 378, Athena, and project 385, Hanuman) and a successful refit, he and his wife Kristy Clark decided the same craftsmen and women are best suited to take on rebuilding Atlantide with the finest materials and most advanced board systems. Below, center: another milestone, the hull turning of project 400 in 2018, the shipyard’s largest hull ever. This contemporary schooner became the world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht upon her delivery. Below, right: project 403, PHI, the world’s longest sub 500GT motor yacht, is full of innovative features such as her laser powered exterior lighting. At the start of the project, the shipyard team was well aware that the fresh challenges posed by PHI’s ambition and creativity – not least the constant quest to keep her displacement below 500GT – would need to be addressed within a highly robust and efficient organizational framework.