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Royal Huisman unveils sailing superyacht Aquarius

New images of the 56 metre classic ketch sailing yacht Aquarius have been released by Royal Huisman following the Dutch builder's simultaneous announcement that the yacht was delivered in January 2018.

Aquarius spent the winter cruising in the Caribbean before heading to the Mediterranean for the summer season. The owners have also announced that the yacht is set to compete in the 2019 St Barths Bucket in March.

Aquarius was launched in October 2017 and sold in December 2014. Her two Rondal masts were fitted in November 2017.

Aquarius' naval architecture was handled by Dykstra Naval Architects, while interior design was the work of Mark Whiteley. Naval architect Erik Wassen said of the owners' brief, "They certainly wanted a beautiful yacht but the elements of security, good sea-keeping and comfort unquestionably dominated our thinking."

The owners' brief called for a yacht equally well suited for Bucket regatta racing and round-the-world family cruising. The owners' representative Godfrey Cray said the brief was "exceptionally clear". "The hull should be visually very attractive: beautiful and timeless. They wanted a classic interior that was not too busy or fussy, but calm and elegant. And finally, it had to be simple and reliable.”

Interior designer Mark Whiteley, who is also working on the exterior and interior design of Royal Huisman's 81 metre schooner Project 400, populated the interior with mahogany furniture and panelling with white wall space.

The fabric and furniture selection create "a calm, clean and relaxed aura" while "evoking a more modern feeling that traditional classic yacht furnishings," Whiteley said.

One key feature is a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit. The accommodation also includes a large deck saloon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and full equipped superyacht gym. One cabin serves as a bunk bed with twin beds that can convert to a Queen-sized double and a set of Pullman berths above.

Aquarius accommodates a total of eight guests and maximum of nine crewmembers. Whiteley previously explained that the New England-inspired interior would very much complement the classic looks of the hull shape.

Chief executive of Royal Huisman Jan Timmerman said of the build, "They often say that an organisation is only as good as its most recent project. If that is the case, then Aquarius showed me, beyond any question, just how good a shipyard Royal Huisman is."

Other design details include oval portholes in the dark blue hull and a mid-deck lounge with sun canopy above. Aquarius also has capacity for a 6.2 metre jet drive tender and an Aero sailing boat. Her twin helms are well connected to a large shaded main cockpit area, which itself adjoins an even larger glass-rimmed deck saloon.

Other superyacht projects under development at the Dutch yard include the 81 metre schooner Project RH400, which is due to hit the water in 2020.

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