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One of the world’s largest su­pery­achts has ar­rived in Auck­land for a lit­tle TLC and main­te­nance at the hands of Orams.

At 86m LOA, the Dutch-built Aquijo is so large that she is un­able to sail un­der the Har­bour Bridge – her 91m car­bon fi­bre masts rise more than 25m over the bridge’s cen­tral span. Those masts – car­ry­ing some 5000m2 of sail – were built by South­ern Spars.

Her 3Di main­sails – weigh­ing around two tonnes each – had to be lifted off the ves­sel by crane and are be­ing ser­viced by North Sails. Her 200-tonne lift­ing keel is the largest ever de­signed and has an 11.6m draught (5.2m when re­tracted). Even when mov­ing her into po­si­tion along­side her berth at Orams at high tide, she cleared the mud bot­tom by just 200mm.

Launched in 2016, Aquijo can ac­com­mo­date up to 12 guests in seven cab­ins. She has a crew of 17 from all cor­ners of the globe – South Africa, Aus­tralia, Eng­land, Estonia, Bar­ba­dos, Brazil, the US, Canada, the Nether­lands – as well as three New Zealan­ders.

Her web­site says she is avail­able for char­ter at €450,000 per week (low sea­son) or €550,000 per week in high sea­son.

Her 3Di main­sails – weigh­ing around two tonnes each – had to be lifted off the ves­sel by crane and are be­ing ser­viced by North Sails.

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