Aquarius is a luxury sailboat of 56 m (183.73 ft.) Another precious seafront built by Royal Huisman designed by Dykstra Naval Architects with the interior design of Mark Whitely Design.
The owners are a couple of rich Americans who asked for the realization of this superyacht the collaboration of the Project Manager Godfrey Cray who oversaw the construction project. The specifications requested by the owners were to build a performance yacht for the regattas, in particular for that of Bucket, the regatta of sailing ships, the most important event in the world for sailboats over 30 m the also required a very comfortable for cruises a real relaxing home on the water to bring your family all over the world in total safety.
I chose to build my boat at Royal Huisman for the quality of your work, your attention to detail and the pride you all have in what you do. “This was the message that the owners had delivered to the shipyard through their Project Manager. A trust that the yard has been able to repay with all the other members of the team.
Aquarius has a Ketch (two-masted) rig. The two carbon trees were built by Rondal while the sails were supplied by Doyle Sails in New Zealand.
Dykstra Naval Architects commented that the standing rigging has been resized to an air flow that maximizes the sail area, but is within the Panamax height limit.
The name Panamax indicates the boats whose dimensions allow their passage in the locks of the Panama Canal. However the size of the trees are impressive and seem even higher than those given that the mizzen tree rests on an oval skylight above the owner’s cabin. The shaft / boom length ratio has been designed to maximize the sail area.
The hull has a classy look with graceful lines in glossy blue, low profile with oval hatches with a side platform to get on board with an excellent sea keeping.
The circular skylight around the mezzana tree represents the real characteristic of this boat that guarantees a wide luminosity in the owner’s cabin below.
The interiors consist of a master cabin that is spread over two levels and with a private deckhouse and cockpit, a large living room that develops in the central portion of deck, three guest cabins with double bedrooms and bathroom, a media room and a gym fully equipped. A cabin will serve as a castle-room for the extended family with two single beds that convert into a double bed.
Aquarius can accommodate up to eight guests and 11 crew members. Below deck there is space to accommodate a wide range of water games, including laser, kayak, windsurfing and bicycles.
In this regard, the project managers released the following statements:
Nikkels by Dykstra Naval Architects
“The owner’s brief for Aquarius was for an amazing looking yacht for family fun. We have created a sleek hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-holding characteristics, ideal for cruising around the world. The generous sail area combined with its ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and fork-mounted helm will ensure a light and agile air to its otherwise all-round performance. We could see her in a Bucket regatta, but with the below-deck stowage foreseen for numerous toys like a Laser, kayak, windsurf and bicycles, she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or on the high seas. “
Interior architect Mark Whiteley
“ The interiors will be joined by its elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful panels in white painted wood and embossed decorated with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished wood. The brief required a relaxed home for the owner’s family and friends, and apart from a two-level master cabin with a private deckhouse and cockpit, the suite includes a large deck lounge, three guest cabins, a multimedia room and also a fully equipped dedicated gym. A cabin will serve as a bunk room for the extended family of the owner with twin beds that can convert into a double bed with a set of Pullman berths on top. The gym will also have an optional Pullman mounted “.
The motor-powered yacht was delivered to its owner in the current year.