Yachts International - - Making Waves - —Jill Bobrow

The AIM Marine Group was full throt­tle at the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, host­ing its VIP Pavil­ion—an ex­clu­sive lounge for yacht own­ers, marine in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives and guests to con­nect in a pri­vate set­ting. This year’s spon­sors in­cluded Fer­rari and Maserati of Palm Beach, AIG, Bruce Gen­del­man In­sur­ance Ser­vices, WOW Yachts, Gosling’s Rum and LH-Fi­nance. Nearly 500 guests at­tended the fourth an­nual Pig Roast, AIM Marine Group’s sig­na­ture event, on Fri­day night of the show. Guests were treated to live en­ter­tain­ment, cre­ative cock­tails, danc­ing and an au­then­tic South­ern pig pickin’.

The 279-foot (85-me­ter) sail­ing yacht aquijo, cur­rently the world’s largest high-per­for­mance ketch, has been de­liv­ered. Built as a first-time ven­ture be­tween Oceanco and Vit­ters in the Nether­lands, aquijo’s con­struc­tion was kept un­der wraps with three dif­fer­ent code names: P85/3069/ Y711. Project-man­aged by Mas­ter Yachts and de­signed by Tripp De­sign Naval Ar­chi­tec­ture to be a high­per­for­mance sail­ing yacht, aquijo’s two 295-foot (90-me­ter) masts are among the tallest in the world.

“When we raised the spin­naker, we had 50,000 square feet of sail up, and the boat went like she was on rails,” said Bill Tripp, de­scrib­ing her sea tri­als.

Vit­ters de­vel­oped a unique steer­ing sys­tem for aquijo (be­low), whereby the hy­dro­dy­namic forces of the un­der­wa­ter rud­der blades trans­late di­rectly to the fly­bridge steer­ing wheels, pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant feed­back to the helms­man. Her mod­ern in­te­rior de­signed by Dölker + Vo­ges is con­tem­po­rary, light and bright. For more in­for­ma­tion:

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