Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman: “Sustainability is crucially important for all of us and for future generations. Yacht owners and the yachting sector obviously want to play their part by reducing environmental impact and by limiting the use of valuable natural resources. It is a fact that the level of achievement resulting from these efforts can vary greatly. At Royal Huisman, we know that some owners positively encourage their design and build teams to make a difference by, for example, making their superyachts more efficient, or by applying renewable energy sources.
Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious at all, such as the extensive supply of energy out on the ocean: wind! It frequently surprises us that the majority of superyachts are not (yet) powered by sails. Propulsion by wind will always beat energy consumption onboard motoryachts, even when great reductions in fuel consumption and other efficiency gains are achieved. In addition, wind energy is ‘free’ – of charge, of fumes, and of noise. And driving is great fun, too…!
Unlike most shipyards, Royal Huisman has been building vessels with sails since it was founded in 1884. As a result of this long history our team benefits from an immense accumulation of experience and expertise. We have readily joined forces with highly knowledgeable owners such as Bill Joy, who provided valuable input and encouraged us to take big steps towards the delivery of ever-increasing efficiency. His yacht, Ethereal, was the world’s first hybrid superyacht (delivered by Royal Huisman in 2009) and she remains a fine example. More recently, the owners of Foftein and Juliet decided to convert their yachts to “hybrid”, to benefit from the advantages of being ‘energy neutral’ and ‘future-proof’.”