At 85 metres, Aquijo is set to become one of the world’s largest sailing yachts. The eagerly awaited joint venture between two of Holland’s most well known superyacht yards, Oceanco and Vitters is nearing completion and Aquijo has been delivered to her new owner.
Built under the project code name P85, Aquijo is significant as the first joint venture of this kind between the two yards, partly for her sheer size but also because of her ability to operate as a true performance sailing yacht.
Hull No 3069 for Vitters and Y711 for Oceanco, the aluminium ketch-rigged yacht features design and naval architecture by Bill Tripp. The two yards along with Tripp Design worked closely in every step of the design and build of Aquijo, in cooperation with the owner’s representative Master Yachts.
Aquijo combines Oceanco’s experience building custom motor yachts larger than 80 metres LOA with Vitters’ talents in creating high-performance sailing yachts. The result is a highly complex, performance-driven sailing superyacht.
Vitters developed a custom steering system for the new sailing superyacht. It works by translating the hydrodynamic forces on the rudder blades directly to the steering wheels on the flybridge, thus providing the helmsman with immediate feedback and a feeling for how the yacht is moving through the water.
This is a huge innovation as often on larger yachts the biggest complaint from those at the helm is you can’t feel the yacht’s movements, and therefore respond as quickly as you might on a smaller yacht. This innovation helps fulfil the builder’s brief to build a real performance vessel. Great attention to detail has also been paid to safety and comfort for both crew and guests while sailing.
Dölker + Voges is responsible for the comfortable and modern interior design, that spreads out over four decks, combining shared living spaces and private accommodation.
Aquijo has a high volume superstructure that affords clear sightlines from inside, and the layout is designed with a holistic view to blur the lines between interior and exterior living spaces.
Vitters Shipyard is an award-winning Dutch high end performance yacht builder. Vitters’ high performance yachts explore the oceans of the world and are distinguished by their immaculate finish, innovative sail systems and on board comfort. Vitters Shipyard has a crew of dedicated engineers and craftspeople who have a strong eye for detail and the passion to exceed the expectations of its yacht owners.
Oceanco is a world class builder of custom superyachts in the 80 to 140 meters range. They say that every yacht starts with a vision, the owner’s vision. Oceanco yachts benefit from state-of-the-art engineering. Every detail is thought out and tested so that the framework behind the innovations is absolutely reliable. The most innovative systems are possible because of thorough understanding and exhaustive testing of engineering principles.