With naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects and interior design from Mark Whiteley Design, Aquarius is an impressive modern classic 56m / 184ft ketch realised by Royal Huisman. This yacht combines classic hull lines with a powerful modern rig and a contemporary elegance.
The design and naval architecture of Aquarius was undertaken by Dykstra Naval Architects, who have been responsible for many famous modern classic yachts, including the Royal Huisman-built Meteor, Pumula and Kamaxitha. The Aquarius project was led by senior designer Erik Wassen who answers questions from Royal Huisman’s independent interviewer.
Dykstra Naval Architects already has an impressive portfolio of modern classic yacht designs. What were the elements of this new brief that excited you?
The owners are adventurous, committed to serious world cruising and exploration with their family and guests, rather than just the well-trodden Med and Caribbean circuit. They certainly wanted a beautiful yacht but the elements of security, good sea-keeping and comfort unquestionably dominated our thinking.
We needed to provide good performance for long passages but also ease of handling, so that it really is possible to get set up and sail off an anchorage in well under an hour, sail for a couple of hours and still enjoy an afternoon of relaxation or watersports.
Photo Carlo Baroncini