Aquijo bY THe DeCkS

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Aquijo’s guest spaces in­clude a fly­bridge, bridge/owner’s deck, main deck and lower-deck beach club.

The fly­bridge has seat­ing next to the helm for those who want to be close to the ac­tion. Aft on this deck is a Jacuzzi sur­rounded by sun­pads, as well as a loung­ing and din­ing area with sofa seat­ing. In keep­ing with sail­boat tra­di­tions, the din­ing ta­bles are gim­baled so drinks won’t spill when the yacht is heel­ing.

The bridge deck, a half-deck below the fly­bridge, com­prises the cap­tain’s cabin to port and the owner’s state­room to star­board. The mas­ter suite has ac­cess to a pri­vate aft deck with lounges, a gim­baled din­ing ta­ble and a bar. Aft on this deck are twin stair­cases down to the main deck.

On the main deck are the sa­lon and in­door/out­door bar with seat­ing for 12, beer on tap and a re­tractable tele­vi­sion over­head. There is din­ing ca­pac­ity for as many as 20 guests. The roof re­tracts for star­lit din­ners, and mul­ti­col­ored light­ing en­hances the en­tire area. Two horse­shoe-shaped so­fas over­look­ing the ocean are per­fect for bar­be­cues. One of the most stun­ning fea­tures is an in-deck sky­light that peers down to the Jacuzzi in the beach club on the lower deck.

Steps lead to beach club/spa area. Here, there is easy ac­cess to the wa­ter through an aft ex­te­rior door. The U-shape sofa on the star­board side cre­ates a pleas­ant loung­ing area. On the port side are a steam room and sauna.

Aquijo ac­com­mo­dates 12 guests in seven state­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter suite. She also has two VIP suites, each of which can con­vert into two sep­a­rate state­rooms, one dou­ble tai­lored for guests with dis­abil­i­ties, and one twin. There are also two con­vert­ible lounges on the main deck, and a guest el­e­va­tor. Each state­room is dif­fer­en­ti­ated by a bold color scheme, and all have an un­clut­tered mod­ern feel with tex­tured wood walls, leather and stain­less steel trim, and ocean views. In keep­ing with an au na­turel spirit of a true sail­ing yacht, there is no TV or au­dio­vi­sual sys­tem in any of the guest state­rooms.

The fore­deck has a set­tee where guests can en­joy the sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence while seated below Aquijo’s head­sails. says, Mas­ter Yachts’ role was to keep the builders on track and en­sure that all safety re­quire­ments were met.

“When we say wa­ter­tight doors, we mean wa­ter­tight. When we say build to be strong, we mean strong. This is not just a Cannes-St. Tropez boat,” he says. “She is de­signed to go around the world.”

The own­ers have men­tioned go­ing to Patag­o­nia, the Straits of Mag­el­lan and var­i­ous atolls in the South Pa­cific. With Aquijo’s steel hull and lift­ing keel, she is ready for al­most any­where her trav­els take her. She can also cruise rel­a­tively shal­low wa­ters. How­ever, her ex­ceed­ingly tall masts will pre­vent her from tran­sit­ing the Panama and Suez canals, so she has to be strong and sta­ble enough to weather a jour­ney the long way around.

When asked why some­one would want such a big sail­boat, Tripp said a yacht Aquijo’s size would un­ques­tion­ably ride out 40-foot

waves in greater com­fort than would a 164-foot (50-me­ter) yacht. He heard from the own­ers when they were in Greece last sum­mer as a meltemi was blow­ing 35 to 40 knots. They re­ported Aquijo han­dled the weather and waves well.

Vit­ters brought its well­re­spected sail­ing know-how to the project, but Aquijo put that builder to the test, too.

“Even with the ex­pe­ri­ence of more than 30 large sail­ing yachts, build­ing Aquijo was a chal­lenge,” says Louis Ham­ming, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Vit­ters. “The sail­ing loads were all more than any­thing that has been seen on any other yacht. This meant cus­tomiz­ing ev­ery part of sail­ing equip­ment on board, and in many cases in­vent­ing some­thing new.”

Vit­ters also im­ple­mented a steer­ing sys­tem it in­vented with feedback to the bridge, mean­ing it re­acts to the load on the rud­ders. The load puts pres­sure on the wheel so you can feel which way to turn. On Aquijo, the dis­tance be­tween rud­der and wheel is nearly 147 feet (45 me­ters), far greater than on most sail­boats.

“From the first sea trial in the North Sea, we hoisted the sails and headed into the wind and it was easy to keep her there,” Tripp says. “We got right up to speed, do­ing ex­actly what she was de­signed to do.” She has the abil­ity to sail close­hauled at 40 de­grees off the wind. “Aquijo acts in the same way that a sail­ing dinghy might act in terms of per­for­mance, ac­cel­er­a­tion, the feel­ing of the ac­tual sail­ing and ease of han­dling of sail­ing sys­tems,” Ham­ming says.“Her per­for­mance in all wind con­di­tions makes her ideal for both day­sail­ing and ocean pas­sages,” adds DeBuse, who is hop­ing to en­tice clients seek­ing some sport along with a lux­ury char­ter. “We have been pleas­antly sur­prised by the sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est we have re­ceived from clients who have only pre­vi­ously char­tered mo­to­ry­achts.“

Com­bin­ing the com­fort of a su­pery­acht and the thrill of real sail­ing, Aquijo has in­deed raised the bar.

For more in­for­ma­tion: +31 78 699 5399, ocean­coy­acht.com; +31 38 386 7145, vit­ters.com; +1 203 838 2215, trip­pde­sign.net; +49 40 41 4681 0, doelker-vo­ges.com; +377 93 50 12 12, y.co

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