Royal Huisman Turns the Hull of 65m sailing yacht Aquarius II
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.
The performance ketch yacht features naval architecture and exterior design from Dykstra Naval Architects, alongside interior design by Mark Whiteley Design. Godfrey Cray is the owner’s project manager, with this being his third Royal Huisman build after Ngoni and Aquarius.
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.
The owners’ brief retains a strong emphasis on performance. Aquarius II will feature a state-of-the-art carbon rig and integrated sail handling from Rondal, structured luff sails, and a retractable keel for optimal stability under racing conditions. Aquarius was first in class at her St. Barths Regatta debut in 2019.
It is equally important for her owners to retain the elegance and family comfort of Aquarius, with her exquisite and timeless exterior styling, classic interior and harmonious layout – all to be enhanced in Aquarius II by significant additional space and volume to optimize a luxurious yet understated lifestyle.
“Aquarius has proved to be an exciting sailboat,” commented her owners, “and she sails gracefully and powerfully. Her layout has exceeded expectations, with ample opportunities for both privacy and socializing. She is a ship for everyone.”