In the beginning of 2018, the 56m classic ketch Aquarius,
designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and built by Royal Huisman was
delivered to her owners.
Mark Whiteley was appointed for the interior design of this
yacht and the owners' representative is Godfrey 'Goddy' Cray.
The owners asked for an "elegant, muscular sailing yacht."
They wanted to build a boat that is gorgeous to look at, and
spectacular to sail.
"We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant
and classic-looking yacht with seakeeping characteristics that are
ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with
a ketch rig and modern underwater body, fin keel and spade rudder,
adds light-air agility to her otherwise all-round performance" says
With carbon spars, booms and standing rigging scaled to an air
draft that maximises sail area while recognising the Panamax height
limitation, the design details feature oval portholes in the
low-profile dark blue hull, and a circular skylight around the
mizzen mast to flood the owner's suite with natural light. Although
designed for blue water cruising, Aquarius is a great contender in
superyacht regattas. With below deck stowage for numerous toys such
as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers and bicycles – along with a 6.2m
tender – she is as much at home at anchor in a secluded bay as on
the race course or cruising the high seas.
The New England-inspired interior design reflects her classic
profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded
white-painted panelling, which is complimented by the finely
crafted varnished joinery. "The brief called for a relaxed home
afloat for the owner's family and friends, and aside from a
split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit,
the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest
cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym," says
designer Mark Whiteley.