Dutch yacht builder Royal Huisman has turned the hull of project 408, Aquarius II, at its yard in Vollenhove. The 65-metre performance ketch is a larger version of the 56-metre Aquarius I built for the same owners.
The team behind the Aquarius II consists of owners’ project manager Godfrey Cray, Dykstra Naval Architects, interior designer Mark Whiteley and superyacht builder Royal Huisman.
The yacht 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. The original Aquarius was first in class at its St. Barths Regatta debut in 2019.
Aquarius II will feature Royal Huisman’s hybrid technologies for power generation and management. The benefits include peak-shaving for optimum energy efficiency and flexible power generation.
The yacht has an Alustar aluminum hull and superstructure. Delivery is scheduled for 2024.
Main specifications of the Aquarius II
- Royal Huisman project 408
- Type: Performance Ketch
- Length: 65 m / 212 ft
- Owners’ project manager: Godfrey Cray
- Naval architecture + exterior styling: Dykstra Naval Architects
- Interior design: Mark Whiteley Design
- Construction: Alustar aluminum
- Rig + handling: Rondal carbon rig + Integrated Sailing System
Pictures by Tom van Oossanen/Royal Huisman.