Project 408, Aquarius II is under construction at the Dutch shipyard’s facilities in Vollenhove, Holland.
Godfrey Cray is the owner’s project manager on his third Royal Huisman build after 58m / 190ft Ngoni (2014 – 2017), 56m / 184ft Aquarius (2015 – 2018) and now 65m / 212ft Aquarius II (2022 – 2024).
This is a larger version of the same yacht, as the owners were very happy with the current yacht. Particularly the modern classic exterior look, balance and sailing performance by Dykstra Naval Architects and the interior layout and décor from Mark Whitely Design.
“We have a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw upon with the captain, engineers and crew from AQI all well qualified to augment the design, systems and fit-out for the new project,” comments Godfrey Cray. “In general, by going from 56m / 184ft to 65m / 212ft overall length, we have gained close to 45% more volume. This has led to a fourth guest cabin, a big increase in size for the gym as well as the social areas of the main deck house. The larger owners’ deckhouse now has offset stairs, which allow for a wrap-around sofa and lounging configuration. The exterior cockpits and social spaces have also increased in size. A larger galley, crew mess and laundry, along with an extra crew cabin, all reflect the owners’ commitment to providing a good living and work environment for the crew. The engine room and technical spaces have also been enlarged.”
The sailing performance is to be commensurate with the length increase from Aquarius I.