It is not always easy to be objective about the quality of your own work, so we are grateful to independent juries for...


5 September 2021
It is not always easy to be objective about the quality of your own work, so we are grateful to independent juries for...

…providing an unbiased measure of achievement. The team at Royal Huisman and Huisfit is delighted to have been honoured with the prestigious “Best Refitted Yacht” award for BROADWATER, at an exclusive ceremony during the 16th edition of the World Superyacht Awards in Monaco. Warmest congratulations to the owner, owner’s team and designer of BROADWATER, and grateful appreciation from Huisfit’s team for this recognition.


The BROADWATER team and the Neptune award for ‘Best Refit’


Best Refitted Yacht: BROADWATER

BROADWATER left the facilities of Royal Huisman Amsterdam in 2020 following a major conversion by Huisfit. The classically-styled motoryacht was originally built in 1994 as Rasselas by Feadship. The scope of the conversion at Royal Huisman’s dedicated division for superyacht refit, rebuild and renewal, varied from various upgrades to the yacht’s comfort and aesthetics, both inside and out, to changes relating to classification requirements. The brief from BROADWATER’s experienced owner was that his yacht was to be converted into a “modern and liveable home away from home” with charter capability.

Original length of Feadship BROADWATER (formerly Rasselas): 52m / 171ft. Length after conversion: 56m / 184ft

Sequence of photos before and after conversion by Huisfit.


The new exterior and interior styling was created by the talented yacht designer Adam Voorhees, who was inspired by the owner’s input to define an abundance of desirable modifications. Peter Wilson of MCM Newport assisted BROADWATER’s owner with the selection of the shipyard and subsequently oversaw the conversion project, which benefitted from one of the heated halls at Royal Huisman’s non-tidal deep water site located at just 15 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

During last year’s World Superyacht Awards the shipyard team was equally thrilled to receive the “Best Rebuilt Yacht” award for the restoration of the Herreshoff schooner VAGRANT by Huisfit.

An overview of awards in recent years can be found on the Royal Huisman website [click here]. Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman adds: “On behalf of the whole team I would like to say how honoured we all feel on receiving with this award. At the same time and although we have received more than a fair share of such recognition, we are not planning to lean back following this success. Our reputation as a shipyard is only as good as the quality of our next project.”

BROADWATER at Royal Huisman Amsterdam: the new composite sun awning hardtop and radarmast has been delivered by Royal Huisman’s sister company Rondal as a turn-key project.

A downloadlink for highres photos for press publications is available on request. For Dutch press release: click here (opens in a new tab).

Restorations, conversions & rebuilds by Huisfit

Royal Huisman’s Huisfit team has an established track record of success with the restoration of classics, and with conversions and rebuilds of historical yachts: structural work, upgrades and conservation work are all embarked on with keen interest and great skill. Rebuild and conversion projects by Huisfit are never a “typical refit”, and the scope of such projects is often as comprehensive as a newbuild – perfectly suited for a team equally at home in both areas of expertise.

The Huisfit process brings together the exceptional infrastructure, technology and inhouse skills of Royal Huisman and sister company Rondal, with leading industry and specialists to provide a bespoke solution for every refit, rebuild and renewal project in one competitively tailored package. An overview of these comprehensive skills and potential solutions – Huisfit expertise à la carte – can be found at the dedicated website followed by the link to “Skills” [click here]