Renowned Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman starts construction of 56m classic ketch "Aquarius" designed by Dykstra Naval Architects with interior design by Mark Whitely Design.

Aquarius will be equipped with carbon spars and booms which have a Panamax height limitation. The hull design details feature oval portholes, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast to flood the owner’s suite with daylight.

Aquarius will carry a 6.2m jet drive tender behind the foremast. She gets a large 3m side boarding platform and the twin helm station will be a part of the main cockpit.

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects says:

“The owner’s brief for Aquarius has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment. We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with her ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and spade rudder will assure light air agility to her otherwise all round performance. We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers, and bicycles she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas.”

AQUARIUS Royal Huisman Sailplan

Interior designer Mark Whiteley comments:

“The interior will compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted paneling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber. The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner’s family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym. One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner’s extended family with twin beds that can convert to a Queen double with a set of Pullman berths above. The gymnasium too will have an optional Pullman fitted.“

Delivery for Aquarius is scheduled for autumn 2017. Her maiden voyage will be in the Caribbean at the islands of the West Indies.

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