No doubt named after the sparkling eleventh sign of the Zodiac, Aquarians are said to be highly intellectual, uncanny problem solvers, naturally attuned to their surroundings, and intricately imaginative. They also possess the desire to take time away from it all to rejuvenate. One glance at the glory of the magnificent Royal Huisman piece de resistance – Aquarius, and the spirit of the water bearer has been beautifully realized.
Standing proud at 56 metres, Aquarius wears the crown of modern classic, composed by an orchestra of visionaries and architects, such as Dykstra Naval Architects, interior designer Mark Whitely, and Royal Huisman and Rondal.
This world-cruising Ketch was lovingly commissioned from an owner who desired muscular elegance, family finery, and a profile and performance that would stand the sea faring speed of the occasional regatta.
A finely executed mass of breathable colors, tapered lines, and polished wood meets sharp black may be sheer eye candy, but even beneath her beauty, Aquarius is a power house; a ship that can go beyond the usual blue circuits of the Caribbean, a yacht more than capable of tackling the adventures of the world.
In the design stage of Aquarius there was a demand for sheer simplicity. Nothing superfluous, just state of the art modern technology that could take the ship for endless sea miles cloaked in the blanket of comfort, safety and efficiency.
The delight is most definitely in the detail when it comes to Aquarius. This adoration of simple elegant calm and a love of quality over excess echoes throughout. Every corner of this ship is mesmerizing.
The first thing that captures your eye with Aquarius is her rigged silhouette, delivering just a slice of nostalgia for yesteryear and the golden era of sailing. Carefully crafted sail crossovers, dual carbon fiber spars, and furling booms lend themselves to a striking profile out on the water. Even under water – her fixed keel of 4.8 metres and balanced rudder have been seamlessly integrated to work in harmony with her easy breezy rig set up.
Back to those details, and you can see the whole rig has been constructed so to leave not a hint of clutter on the gorgeous deck space. Every note – from the stainless-steel caps to the teak structuring has been designed to flow like poetry.
The deck is a dream; a sweeping landscape of teak complemented by billowing sails and sparkling masts. The helm also gives a nod to tradition – with teak rimmed wheels lifted by a more contemporary shade of stainless steel. Tucked out of sight, the many tantalizing toys and tenders sit waiting; from sea bobs to bicycles, relaxed play is set to be on the cards aboard Aquarius.
In the mid of the deck, a lounge area beneath shaded white canopy offers the perfect place to sprawl out, sip iced tea, and dabble in the art of conversation or simply taking a nap against the backdrop of a saltwater lull.
Cockpit tables hold more than a hint of ingenious design – shifting from low level cocktail tables to a beautifully laid al fresco dining space thanks to ease of elevation and seamless folds.
The owners space extends from simple suite – offering lashings of private space with their personal cockpit and deckhouse. The area is soaked in sun thanks to the circular skylight molded around the mizzen mast.
This romantic space for two is dressed lovingly in soft cream, polished wood, and white. Sun loungers, intimate dining space, and views out over the stern make you feel as though you are one with the ocean.
The owners suite has been wonderfully executed and smart technology keeps things crisp and cool. From the electronic blinds that can cover the circular skylight to the pop-up TV at the foot of the bed, we believe this is exactly what the owners had in mind when talking about subtle technological grace.
A bright bathroom and personal two-person study deliver the final flourish to one of the most coaxing yacht spaces we have seen in a while.
Draped in a New England heritage feel, Mark Whitely certainly surpassed the expectations of the brief that called on the design not to be too fussy. The whole space exudes a loving calm. The rich warmth of the crown cut Swietenia mahogany contrasts beautifully with the fine ivory fibers of the soft furnishings.
The slightly sunken main salon streams with natural light thanks to panoramic windows. The space is perfectly punctuated with plush sink down white sofas and marble counters where the crew can shake up a cocktail or two. The starboard side boasts a lounging space that can quickly transform into a formal dining space thanks to electronic elevation.
A stunning staircase glows like autumn starlight as it invites guests down to the accommodation waiting below. Double guest cabins invite sumptuous sleeps with well dressed ivory beds. Another guest cabin is set up in twin style but can smartly be transformed to accommodate 4 thanks to a bed that can be lowered from the ceiling.
The lower salon is also well equipped for family entertainment, boasting a high-resolution cinema screen, surround sound, and casual kick back seating area for cozy movie nights.
There’s no doubt, this is a ship where everyone has gone that extra mile. No detail has been left to chance. Her creation is just like the stars being pieced together in the sky, Aquarius is aligned with the gift of greatness and a sheer authenticity.