Royal Huisman turns hull of 65m Aquarius II

27 March 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has announced the hull turning of 65-metre Aquarius II. Still known as project 408, the in-build sailing superyacht is an evolution of the 56-metre Aquarius, built for the same owner. 

In a statement on Royal Huisman's website, owner's representative Godfrey Cray said the changes between the two yachts would be "subtle" but the additional length would allow for some significant changes specified by the owner. "The owners were very happy with the current yacht," explained Cray. "Particularly the modern classic exterior look, balance and sailing performance by Dykstra Naval Architects and the interior layout and décor from Mark Whiteley Design."

Cray estimates that the nine-metre increase in length on the new Aquarius has amounted to around 45 per cent more volume, which makes space for a fourth guest cabin, an enlarged gym and newly configured owner's cabin with a wraparound sofa. The crew spaces will also be larger and better equipped, as will the engine room and other technical spaces.

The yacht will have a lifting fin keel with a draft of 7.6 metres, as well as a main mast of 67.5 metres and mizzen mast of 60 metres, resulting in a total downwind sail area of more than 4,500 square metres. Rondal and Doyle have collaborated with Royal Huisman to ensure optimal performance. "We are fully aware of the need to be able to push the yacht hard in racing conditions with a crew of 30 and then safely cruise and deliver the yacht with minimal numbers of permanent crew," added Cray. 

The new yacht will borrow inspiration from the first Aquarius

Drawing on experience from the original Aquarius, the new Aquarius II will have semi-hybrid power generation, battery and load smoothing, climate control improvements, side boarding arrangements and a sail and mast design that takes full advantage of the load reductions offered by Doyle’s structured luff developments and Carbo-Link’s solid carbon Elipse rigging.

In terms of aesthetic differences, the yacht will have a slighter lower forestay, a different ratio between the main and mizzen masts and a lower-profile deck house.

The original Aquarius underway

Speaking about the yard, Cray said: "It has been a tough time over the last 10 years for sailing yacht builders so it is nice to see Royal Huisman in business and with a full order book." Other in-build projects at the yard include 59.7-metre Sarissa and the world's largest sportfisher

Aquarius II is expected to be completed in 2024.

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Royal Huisman   56 m •  2018

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