Royal Huisman Announces Noir, Project 411: The World’s Tallest Sloop

Royal Huisman has broken new ground with the introduction of Project 411, an 81-meter (264-foot) custom superyacht named Noir. Set to have the tallest sloop rig in the world at 93 meters (305 feet), Noir is designed by Malcolm McKeon, featuring functional and luxurious elements tailored for an experienced yacht owner who is passionate about sailing and exploration.

The yacht is designed to optimize the cruising experience, featuring a sleek reverse bow to maximize waterline length and a flying bridge that extends outdoor living spaces. Noir is crafted to deliver not just performance but also comfort, equipped to carry a 14-meter (45-foot) tender that allows for exploring coasts and transporting guests without moving the yacht closer to shore.

Built in aluminum, Noir will feature auxiliary power supplied by electric drives. The mast, boom, and integrated sailing system are provided by Rondal, specialists in marine engineering. In line with its name, Noir will have black deck gear and windows.

We are very pleased to be building again at Royal Huisman,” said Malcolm McKeon. “Having built our award-winning 59.7-metre / 196-foot Sarissa there, we are well acquainted with the shipyard’s engineering skills, innovations, and the level of craftsmanship.

Upon completion, Noir will not only be among the world’s top 10 largest sailing yachts but will also feature the world’s tallest sloop rig, exceeding the current tallest by about 4 meters (14 feet).

Details of the yacht’s interior, currently being developed by GCA Architects of Barcelona, remain confidential. GCA Architects are known for their contemporary approach and have been involved in significant projects, including Spain’s first “smart” building and the world’s first platinum-certified LEED structure. Designer Josep Juanpere Miret commented, “The interior will complement the contemporary exterior styling and mix woods and other natural materials and textures for a relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere.

Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman, reflected on the significance of this project during the company’s 140th year. “The capabilities of Royal Huisman can be seen in various ways, with no doubt the most important proof point being that we are selected by knowledgeable owners as the builder for their incredible and unique yachts. I am pleased and humbled that we can highlight Royal Huisman’s 140th year of operation with the announcement of such a significant project,” Timmerman said.

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