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Royal Huisman Sea Eagle: More than a Mere Yacht

Leave it to a passionate yachtsman to draw comparisons between the cruising lifestyle and everyday life. “You can enjoy being relaxed on the sea or experience different scenery,” says Samuel Yin, who owns Sea Eagle. “You can be alone or witness things you’ve never seen before. It is the same as in life: It might not always be smooth sailing, and there will be ups and downs. Nonetheless, as with life, it is very rewarding.” The Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist is further spreading this message in an unusual way: via his 141-foot sloop built by Royal Huisman, one of the world’s five oldest yacht builders.

Yin keenly believes that sharing knowledge is paramount for us all, the primary driver of social progress. That’s why he draws the comparison between sailing and everyday living. And, it’s why he’s also using Sea Eagle as an ambassador for the sailing life, in conjunction with Royal Huisman, at events worldwide. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Yin keenly believes that sharing knowledge is paramount for us all, the primary driver of social progress. That’s why he draws the comparison between sailing and everyday living. And, it’s why he’s also using Sea Eagle as an ambassador for the sailing life, in conjunction with Royal Huisman, at events worldwide. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Since Yin is an experienced offshore sailor, Sea Eagle is performance-oriented and will compete in regattas, maybe inspiring a future sailor in training. She’s already registered for next year’s St. Barths Bucket, in fact. When just Yin and his family are aboard, the aft awning-covered “tea deck” will get good use. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Since Yin is an experienced offshore sailor, Sea Eagle is performance-oriented and will compete in regattas, maybe inspiring a future sailor in training. She’s already registered for next year’s St. Barths Bucket, in fact. When just Yin and his family are aboard, the aft awning-covered “tea deck” will get good use. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Another area he and his family enjoy is the “beach deck.” Two steps lower than main deck, it’s formed when the transom folds open. The resulting full-beam stairs and swim platform are ideal for lounging, or boarding the tender for diving and waterskiing. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Another area he and his family enjoy is the “beach deck.” Two steps lower than main deck, it’s formed when the transom folds open. The resulting full-beam stairs and swim platform are ideal for lounging, or boarding the tender for diving and waterskiing. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Speaking of the tender, Sea Eagle totes a 17-foot Castoldi jet boat. While many sailing yachts keep their tenders in foredeck hatches, this one stows behind the stairs. The swim platform serves as a hydraulic launching ramp. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Speaking of the tender, Sea Eagle totes a 17-foot Castoldi jet boat. While many sailing yachts keep their tenders in foredeck hatches, this one stows behind the stairs. The swim platform serves as a hydraulic launching ramp. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Two guest staterooms, both aft, are among the accommodations aboard this sloop. Rhoades Young Design worked with Yin to create a simple, linear decor, highlighted by French walnut paneling and white oak soles. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Two guest staterooms, both aft, are among the accommodations aboard this sloop. Rhoades Young Design worked with Yin to create a simple, linear decor, highlighted by French walnut paneling and white oak soles. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
This convertible cabin, situated forward below decks by Sea Eagle’s crew area, can serve one of two purposes. It can be either an extra-private stateroom VIP, or a gym. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
This convertible cabin, situated forward below decks by Sea Eagle’s crew area, can serve one of two purposes. It can be either an extra-private stateroom VIP, or a gym. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Master suites have the ultimate privacy, of course, and the one aboard Sea Eagle follows suit. It has its own entry to and from the beach deck, plus a tea/TV area. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Master suites have the ultimate privacy, of course, and the one aboard Sea Eagle follows suit. It has its own entry to and from the beach deck, plus a tea/TV area. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
An intimate conversation area and a dining area comprise the immediate interior of the deckhouse. Forward to port there’s also an extra helm, handy in case of particularly inclement weather. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
An intimate conversation area and a dining area comprise the immediate interior of the deckhouse. Forward to port there’s also an extra helm, handy in case of particularly inclement weather. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Yin (at right, with Royal Huisman’s managing director Alice Huisman) often visited the shipyard during construction. His background in civil engineering, among other things, helps explains why he took great interest in various construction aspects. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.
Yin (at right, with Royal Huisman’s managing director Alice Huisman) often visited the shipyard during construction. His background in civil engineering, among other things, helps explains why he took great interest in various construction aspects. Photo by Carlo Baronicini.

A sailing superyacht is, of course, a reflection of a privileged person’s leisure pursuits. As such, Sea Eagle will entertain Yin and his guests in Norway and Sweden this summer. But he didn’t commission Royal Huisman to build her, nor Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering to design her, solely for personal gain. He believes that more people can and should learn about the joys of the water. Sea Eagle will help show what’s possible in Yin’s home waters of Southeast Asia, plus other global regions. Furthermore, Yin intends to help show the difference between purely aesthetic beauty and engineering beauty.

For more information, contact Royal Huisman.

Specifications: LOA: 142’1” * Beam: 29’5” * Draft: 14’8” * Displacement: 203 tons * Fuel capacity: N/A

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