Aquarius Yacht Royal Huisman

AQUARIUS (56m) by Royal Huisman

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.

163 ft 50m Classic Ketch Vitters 2

50m Classic Ketch by Vitters for 2019

Vitters announced a new signed contract for a 50m classic ketch for 2019

The new classic ketch looks similar to S/Y Adèle that was also designed by Hoek. This one will come with interior design by Rhoades Young.

The project will be constructed in Alustar aluminum with a carbon rig. Aft is a private cockpit for the owner and the guests. Another cockpit is amidships and crew cockpit forward at the main mast. The guest cabins are placed forward of the owner’s cabin. Four crew cabins are forward located.

“This new project is a fine example of why Vitters continues to attract knowledgeable sailors looking for the best possible sailing yacht,” comments the yard project manager. “The owner was seeking the finest Dutch quality and admired our previous work. The fact that Vitters has the experience and flexibility to deliver this beautiful yacht in time for the 2019 season was a further benefit and we look forward to exceeding the owner’s high expectations.”

163 ft 50m Classic Ketch Vitters

Classic Ketch 61m Reichel Pugh

61m Classic Ketch Concept by Reichel/Pugh

The San Diego-based design and naval architecture studio Reichel/Pugh presents a 61-meter ketch in a classic dress.

This design is an offshoot of the 60m Hetairos, that was built by Baltic Yachts where Reichel/Pugh acted as co-naval architect.

The designers made extensive CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) to improve seakeeping and performance.

Classic Ketch 61m Reichel Pugh

The concept has an owners suite and a private cockpit at the aft, two twin guest cabins, and one double guest cabin. The crew area with the mess and four twin cabins are located forward. There is also the tender garage

Classic Ketch 61m Reichel Pugh

Main Specifications

Length over all:61.10 m
Length Waterline:49.90 m
Beam:11.50 m
Draft:9.00 m
Naval Architecture:Reichel/Pugh
Displacement:280,000 kgs

Profile & Layouts

Profile 61m Ketch

Deck Layout 61m Sailing Yacht
Deck Layout

Reichel Pugh Yacht Interior Layout
Interior Layout

Performance Classic 83

Performance Classic 83 (PC83) - a Modern Classic Sailing Yacht

Traditional lines, modern underwater ship and state-of-the-art materials like carbon fiber that's the Performance Classic 83 in a nutshell.

The Performance Classic yachts are one the representatives for sailors who love the elegant lines of a classic yacht but want a modern and performance-oriented underwater ship design with T-Keel instead of a long keel and hull, rudder and mast made of carbon. Needless to say, the yacht comes with systems to sail it with a minimum crew.

Responsible for the design is no one less than the Dutch design office Hoek Design that designed many yachts of this kind (including several J-Class yachts).

Performance Classic 83
Performance Classic 83

Other nice design features are a low deck profile and a flush deck that gives her a sporty look without losing the classic look.

The Performance Classic 83 has an owners site at the fore ship where is also the crew area and three double cabins amidship. There are currently no interior renderings, but the brand explains it as follows:

“A ‘New England’ styled hand built white paneled interior is dominated by the light and airy saloon with both formal and informal seating, a large galley and separate navigational area.”

The London-based brand Performance Classic Yachts with construction partners in Turkey offers also a 55 feet and a finished 66 feet version.

Performance Classic 83
Performance Classic 83


Profile Performance Classic 83

Acadia Truly Classic 90 Sailing Yacht

Acadia - Truly Classic 90 by Claasen Shipyards

Claasen Shipyards recently delivered the 27.50m classic styled yacht ACADIA - the third of the Truly Classic 90 line.

Pictures were taken by Onne van der Wal

The Truly Classic 90 comes from the boards of the Dutch design studio Hoek Design and is the smaller sister of the awarded Truly Classic 127. The yacht is one of the typical representatives of her class. The elegant look of a yacht oldtimer but with the advantages of a new one with modern materials like aluminum hull, state-of-the-art technology and the present-day knowledge of yacht design and yacht building from scratch. The yacht is equipped with lightweight carbon rig by Hall Spars, standing rigging by CarboLink and carbon fiber sails by Doyle.

Designer André Hoek comments:

“Acadia builds on previous successes by the Claasen team. She has raised the bar even higher in terms of quality and looks absolutely splendid. The Truly Classic 90 is probably as large as a yacht can be while retaining the capacity to be sailed with just two permanent crew members and a hands-on owner – and that is certainly the case with Acadia.”

Acadia Truly Classic 90 Sailing Yacht
Acadia Truly Classic 90 Sailing Yacht
Acadia Truly Classic 90 Sailing Yacht

Wouter van Rijn, project manager at Claasen Shipyards explains:

“The owner is a very detail-oriented person who visited our yard in Holland many times to follow progress on the construction. It has been inspiring to see him involved with the many small things that, at the end of the day, make a big difference to how a yacht feels and operates. It is also a pleasure to partner with a client who intends to use his boat so extensively, with plans to enjoy Acadia already scheduled well into 2017.”

ACADIA has a twin cockpit concept – A center cockpit for socializing with guests with the option to close it completely during journeys in rainy areas like Northern Europe. Claasen installed a folding cockpit with built-in refrigerator and custom drink holders. A smaller cockpit at the stern with the helm station and a direct access to the owner’s suite. VIP (double bed), guest (twin) and a crew cabin for two can be found in the fore ship section.  When the yacht is on a charter mission, there is a pocket cabin for a stewardess

Claasen CEO Joachim Kieft emphasizes the work on an optimized engine room and the access for maintenance of engine, generators and the air condition system.

He says:

“We are constantly striving to find the most accessible and efficient solutions, leveraging on practical experience in installation, owner feedback and the way our yachts perform at sea. This leitmotiv has applied to every aspect of this project, which has integrated many of our ongoing improvements. Acadia represents another milestone in Claasen’s evolution of boatbuilding excellence.”

Truly Classic 90 Interior

Main Specifications

Length over all:27.50 m
Length waterline:19.20 m
Beam:6.00 m
Draft (Lifting Keel):3.40 m
Classification:Lloyds Certificate of Hull Construction,
MCA MGN 280, unlimited
Engine:John Deere 6068 SFM85
Displacement:59 t (light)
Sails Upwind:370 sqm
Naval Architecture:Naval Architects & Interior Designers
Interior DesignNaval Architects & Interior Designers

Sailplan, Profile and Layouts

Truly Classic 90 Sailplan

Making of and launch

Atalante Sailing Yacht

Atalante by Claasen Shipyards (Truly Classic 127)

Let's take a focus on 38.80m classically styled sailing yacht Atalante by Dutch yacht builder Claasen Shipyards of the Truly Classic 127-series. Her elegant design comes from the boards of Hoek Design

Atalante Pictures by Cory Silken (interior) and Rick Tomlinson (exterior)

This Truly Classic was built for a repeat owner and is the successor of a Truly Classic 90, which sailed under the same name. The owner wanted more comfort, more space, and more speed. So the designer had a focus on performance. Under her classic dress is modern technology like carbon rudder, carbon mast with 3DI sails by North, a deep draught keel with thin foil.  Claasen delivered a sailing yacht to my taste :).

André Hoek comments:
“She represents unrivaled value for money, and the craftsmen at Claasen have excelled in terms of the execution of materials, joinery and finishing. The same goes for the technical aspects – the systems, the layout of the engine room, the hydraulics, the cabling. Atalante has been built to a truly impressive level of quality.


When we go the stairs down to the aft we will find the main saloon with a bar. Behind that is the full-beam owner’s suite that has also an own entrance and an own deck house on the aft deck. The owner enjoys being involved in sailing so he has a steering wheel at the owner’s cockpit and a navigation desk with two screens in the owner’s deck house.

When we are back at the main deck house and follow the stairs down but towards, we are in the guest area where is a VIP cabin on port side with sofa and a twin cabin on starboard side. Both with ensuite bathrooms. Furthermore ahead is the crew area with galley.

Back on Deck

Atalante features several practical social areas, suitable for alfresco lounging, dining or sunbathing with fantastic views. They are covered by Biminis but can be removed e. g. for racing.

The flush hatches on the foredeck are by Rondal. Atalante also features a boarding platform to port that folds out of the hull hydraulically and is equipped with side steps to facilitate easy boarding. The diesel-powered Williams tender can also be refueled here directly from the yacht via a hose reel.

Main Specifications

Length over all:38.80 m
Length waterline:28.00 m
Beam:7.70 m
Draft (fixed keel):4.50 m
Exterior Design:Hoek Design
Interior Design:Hoek Design
Naval Architecture:Hoek Design
Displacement:140 t
Mast Height above Waterline:48.30 m
Classification:ABS X A1 Commercial Yachting Service (Sailing Yacht) + MCA LY2 Unrestricted

Profile, Layout & Sail Plan

Atalante Layout

49m Classic Sailing Schooner for sale

For sale: 49m Classic Schooner Yacht

Your chance to own a piece of history. This classic sailing schooner yacht was built in 1910 by Camper & Nicholsons.

A true maiden of fortune, this 49m classic sailing schooner is a shining beacon of both beauty and strength. Her magnificent, billowing unfurled sails harness power from even the lightest of breezes. She sails with confidence and grace, whether recreationally or competitively, and her streamlined wooden superstructure with steel frames is magnificent to behold. A schooner by name and classic by nature, yacht’s rich 100-year history of salty sea dogs and stormy nights at sea is matched only by the highest level of craftsmanship and original features that she boasts on board.

Full, extensive documented history is available. She is in truly immaculate condition.

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Price: 18.000.000 EUR

All information is given in good faith but without guarantee.

Main Specifications

Length over all:49.30 m
Length waterline:27.50 m
Beam:7.50 m
Draft (fixed keel):4.20 m
Builder:Camper & Nicholson
Naval Architecture:Charles E. Nicholson
Launched:1910 restored 2005
Accommodation:10 guests in 5 staterooms and 7 crew
Displacement:210 t
Construction:Wooden Hull with steel frames
Classification:Lloyds 20A1

Rhoades Young Design 49m Explorer Classic Yacht

49m Classic Explorer Concept by Rhoades Young Design

The British design company Rhoades Young presents a concept of a 49m classic styled explorer motor yacht.

The concept is inspired by the JFA built motor yacht Bystander (2006) which was created as an escort vessel for the 39m J-Class sailing yacht Velsheda (JK7). Rhoades Young designed both. Exterior and interior.

A classic yacht concept like this is a very good choice for people who love classic yachts with the latest marine (safety) technology for adventures around the world in gentleman style. In my opinion, the best option if you can resign a yacht with hundred years of history which often interesting for lovers of classic yachts.

Rhoades Young Design 49m Explorer Classic Yacht

The owner’s area is located under the bridge deck with a 180-degree view over the sea. The owner’s suite features a study, an inside/outside saloon separated by large glass sliding doors which flood the saloon with natural light.

The classic explorer can store two big tenders up to 9 meters under the huge aft deck area. A smaller crew tender finds his place on the foredeck.

The yacht accommodates 12 guests and 12 crew members. One of the design specials is a “quadruple-height staircase” that emphasizes the center of the yacht.

Résumé: Design is always a question of taste, but the layout with big hidden tender storage, big aft deck and private owner’s deck is great! Thumbs up, Rhoades Young!

49m Classic Explorer Yacht by Rhoades Young Design
RYD 49m Classic Explorer Yacht
RYD Layout Classic Explorer Yacht 49m

48m Wisp by Royal Huisman Cory Silken

WISP - 48m Classic styled sailing yacht by Royal Huisman

WISP - a newbie with a classic yacht dress and a wisp of history feel.

Wisp pictures by Cory Silken and Carlo Baroncini

The Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman launched the beautiful Hoek design with interior styling by Rhoades Young earlier this year. Now Wisp is back from her maiden voyage in Norway with a pack of images and more information for the public.

Royal Huisman and Hoek Design accepted the challenge to develop a gentleman’s sailing yacht with much comfort for long voyages and enough speed to show her stern to other yachts.

48m Wisp by Royal Huisman Cory Silken

Her cutter rig was built by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary Rondal in carbon composite. The cutter-rig sail-plan was designed for balance and simple handling while cruising and the possibility of using overlapping genoas for racing, with much thought going into the track positioning and winch sizes to handle the increased loads and speeds during regattas.

The result is an uncluttered expanse of teak decking fore and aft with few obstacles to disturb the sense of harmony. Indeed, throughout the yacht’s exterior woodwork has been rationalized by examining and simplifying every joint and detail to create calming guest areas with plenty of hidden storage and an efficient navigation cockpit. Instead of the more typical stranded wire, solid stainless steel lifelines linking the deck- mounted stanchions provide non-sailors with an added sense of security and add an elegant, polished look.

Wisp features traditional waterfall margins between the teak decking and the superstructures – a detail requiring much thicker pieces of carefully selected timber to provide a consistent grain and perfect fit and finish.

The custom helm stations and steering wheels represent works of art in their own right. Various options were considered, from traditional all-wood to modern wheels in carbon fiber. In the end, a graceful design was chosen with 20 polished stainless steel spokes, rimmed with a delicate bead detail, which radiate from a central hub, itself clad with teak that has been lovingly milled and fitted by hand. In addition, the detailing of daylight readable control panels and surrounding seating areas were designed to optimize space and present a visual impression of low volume.

Further deck space has been freed up by placing the Rondal winches for the main halyard, mainsheet and preventer below deck in a separate compartment adjoining the engine room, which can still be quickly accessed from the forward engine room entrance and monitored via CCTV cameras.

To ensure the 6.2m (20ft) owner’s tender blends in with the sweeping sheer of the hull, it is partially recessed into a pocket on the foredeck. Another notable deck feature is the crew cockpit just forward of the main mast. With a convertible car-style retractable dodger, protective coamings, storage and direct access below deck to the dinette, it provides a secure assembly point within easy reach of the deck equipment while under sail and a relaxing social area when at anchor.

Interior of WISP

Wisp’s owner wanted a light, airy and calming interior. The owner calls it in one word: „jolly“. Rhoades Young selected a light oak that has stained a soft honey amber to match the owner’s personal taste.

 The owners have an own area in the aft of Wisp with an own deckhouse and own entry. But it is also accessible from the main deckhouse over the guest area which is between main deck house and owner’s area. The owner’s area has a full beam bedroom.

For guests is one cabin with two beds and two double bed cabins onboard. All cabins have an ensuite.

“From an architectural point of view, we created an unusual open-plan interior layout that is designed in layers to reveal itself gradually,” says Jonathan Rhoades. “Below deck, you are lead from space to space and at each destination, the rooms feel resolved and complete. It is only on exploring further that you realize they open onto other spaces until finally all the layers are peeled back to reveal salons and cabins with huge sightlines through the various deck levels linking the interior and exterior.”

Main Specifications

Length over all:47.65 m
Beam:9.50 m
Draft:4.45 m
Exterior Design:Hoek Design
Naval Architecture:Hoek Design
Interior Design:Rhoades Young
Engine:1x Caterpillar C18 Acert / 533 kW (715 HP) @2100 rpm
Hull Speed14 knots
Mainsail:577 m²
Yankee Sail527 m²
Blade Sail457 m²
Staysail236 m²
Multi Purpose Spinnaker1252 m²
Fuel Capacity:22.000 l (in 4 Tanks)
Tenders and Toys:1x Williams 565 Tender Diesel Jet
1x Bombard commando C3 sports boat 15HP

Profile, Sail Plan and Layouts

WISP Sailplan
Profile / Sail-Plan

Wisp Deck Plan
Deck Layout


Wisp Layout
Cabin Layout

Feadship Heritage Fleet The Highlander

Feadship Heritage Fleet invites owners to gather in Fort Lauderdale

The Feadship Heritage Fleet is organizing a get-together for American owners of classic Feadships over thirty years of age during the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event will be held on Saturday 1 November 2014.

While Feadship has a rich history in all parts of the world, its yachts first began to earn their unique brand status in the United States. From the moment the Feadship Capri won the prestigious Queen of the International Motor Boat Show title in New York in 1953, owners flocked to the Netherlands to commission a Feadship.

Famous Owners

Famous American clients in the 50s and 60s included Arthur Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team, Henry Ford II and Malcolm Forbes, who’s Highlander Feadships came to symbolize the new era of superyacht construction.

Feadship Heritage Fleet The Highlander

M/Y The Highlander

Victor Muller, chairman of the Feadship Heritage Fleet says:

“More than half of all the Feadships in the global fleet were built for the American market and they include many iconic yachts. The board is proud to have its first Feadship Heritage Fleet US event taking place in Fort Lauderdale, homeport to so many yachts built by Feadship.”

Exceeding expectations

Launched in April 2013, the goal of the Feadship Heritage Fleet is to bring together owners of classic Feadships that have been built more than 30 years ago and celebrate the heritage of these timeless vessels.

Muller continues:

“We reached 34 members within the first year, which was far beyond our expectations while this clearly reflects the interest in our exclusive club for passionate Feadship owners, only one of our members is US based to date. The time is right to meet more American owners and invite them to enjoy the benefits of membership.”

The first American member joined the Feadship Heritage Fleet in March – the 1952 Feadship Anahita V, which is now based in Miami.

Feadship Anahita V

M/Y Anahita V

“It has been a great experience to be part of this genuine family-type club,” said her owners, Kristin & Chapman Ducote. “We attended the Monaco Historic Grand Prix event earlier this year, which was spectacular. It was great fun to meet fellow owners and to watch the races from the yachts. We encourage all American owners of classic Feadships to come to Fort Lauderdale and become involved in this excellent association.”

Feadship Serena

M/Y Serena

Feadship Capri

M/Y Capri

Feadship Ammerland (Feadship Heritage Fleet)

Feadship Heritage Fleet Rendezvous

The Feadship Heritage Fleet which was founded in 2013 is organising a rendezvous for all of its classic yachts this coming weekend. In a nod to the fleet’s roots in the Netherlands, the event will take place at the Feadship Aalsmeer yard.

[quote]“The board is proud to have this Feadship Heritage Fleet event take place in the home base of the historic yachtbuilder,” Chairman Victor Muller says. “We will gather together in the country where our beloved yachts were crafted, amid the rich nautical tradition which our Feadships represent and celebrate.”[/quote]

[quote]“No fewer than sixteen classic yachts have already registered, adding up to 240 metres of sailing heritage between them,” Muller notes. “This turnout is higher than any of us expected, and we are still receiving last-minute registrations as we speak. This shows that classic Feadship owners are eager to celebrate their boats together, which is, of course, the raison d’être of this association. In addition to various social events staged exclusively for members, collective member benefits are also developed through partnerships with yacht-related service providers, such as Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.”[/quote]

The upcoming event will include a yacht hop in the evening of Friday 27 June, and the relaunch of the 1966 motoryacht Katja after an extensive four-year refit. The first general assembly of the Feadship Heritage Fleet will take place the next morning. Members will gather to reflect on a successful first year after the foundation, and will discuss future plans and expected developments.

The meeting will be followed by a tour of the yard and a presentation of its history by Feadship’s distinguished archivist. Owners will see the latest superyachts under construction – which will themselves be eligible to join the club in thirty years. In the afternoon, the entire fleet will go out for a rally on the local lakes, to end the event in style with a barbecue at a location of considerable historic significance: Fort Kudelstaart, constructed between 1881 and 1914 as part of the defence line of Amsterdam, which is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

[quote]“This great event will be the ideal way to celebrate the Feadship legacy,” Muller concludes. “And where better than at the very place where it all began.”[/quote]

ELENA Sailing Yacht

Video: Classic Sailing Yacht Elena

Video of the replica of the classic charter sailing yacht ELENA

In 1910 Morton Plant commissioned Elena to be designed by American naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff, the “Wizard of Bristol”, who was famed for designing sailing yachts for America’s elite. Plant gave a wonderful design brief: build me a schooner that can win!

Herreshoff gave her a slightly deeper keel than preceding designs of that time, lowering her center of ballast, which improved her windward ability. Fresh out of the shed, the yacht won most of her early races against the cream of the American schooner fleet. Seventeen years later came her crowning glory – victory in the 1928 Trans-Atlantic Race.

Main Specifications

Length over all:55.00 m
Length water line:29.60 m
Beam:8.14 m
Draft:5.20 m
Type:A class racing schooner
Designer:Nathanael G. Herreshoff
Naval Architect:ACUBENS Naval Architects
Builder:Marin Yachts
Displacement:215 t
Hull Speed:13.6 knots
Range (under engines):3.000 nm @ 10 knots
Sail Area (upwind):1.180 m
Sail Area (downwind):1.800 m
Guests:10 in 5 cabins
Crew:8 in 5 cabins