Royal Huisman has secured a new order for a 56m classic ketch, codenamed Aquarius. The vessel has been designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and will feature a Mark Whiteley Design interior.

“The owner’s brief for Aquarius has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment,” explained Dykstra’s Thys Nikkels. “We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favourable seakeeping 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.”

Rigged with carbon spars, booms and standing rigging scaled to an air draft that maximises sail area whilst recognising the Panamax height limitation, the design details feature oval portholes in the low profile dark blue hull, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast that promises to flood the owners suite with an abundance of natural light, and a mid-deck lounge area with sun canopy above. Other notable features include a 6.2m jet drive tender, large 3m side boarding platform and twin helms socially connected to the large shaded main cockpit that adjoins an even larger glass rimmed deck salon at its forward end.

“The interior will complement her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted panelling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber”, says designer Mark Whiteley. “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 ensuite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated, fully equipped gym.

“One cabin will serve as a bunkroom 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. “

Aquarius will be delivered to her American owners in Autumn 2017.

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