Microsoft Word - NEWS - Aquarius to be built by Royal Huisman.doProject Aquarius is Royal Huisman’s latest signing. The commission comes from an American couple and will have the Dutch yard building a 56m (184ft) classic ketch. The owners have selected naval architecture and exterior styling to be by Dykstra Naval Architects and interior design by Mark Whiteley Design.

Commenting on the project, Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects, says: “We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favourable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising.”

Rigged with carbon spars, booms and standing rigging scaled to an air draft that maximizes sail area whilst recognising the Panamax height limitation, the design details feature oval portholes in the sleek, 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 for added social amenity, a mid deck lounge area with sun canopy above.

Despite many details that are yet to come, Aquarius will feature uncluttered teak decking, a 6.2m (20ft) jet drive tender, large 3m (10ft) 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 compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines. Designer Mark Whiteley comments: “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. “

Aquarius is due for delivery to her owners in the autumn of 2017.