People in Rotterdam, The Netherlands are getting a good look at Aquijo, the four-deck sailing superyacht being prepped for delivery by Oceanco. So, too, are people around the world on social media. Marc van der Stelt, a Rotterdam-based photographer, captured Aquijo in his local waters, sharing the following via Twitter:
— Marc van der Stelt (@marcvanderstelt) July 9, 2015
And, Aquijo was videoed returning from her first sea trials over the weekend:
You may recall that Aquijo is the result of a joint effort by Vitters Shipyard and Oceanco. The owner approached Vitters to build the project, and Vitters tapped Oceanco’s extensive experience with super-size superyachts. Yet another well-experienced firm has been involved since day one: Tripp Design.
Bill Tripp, head of the design studio, says that the owner intends to take Aquijo around the world. The way she’ll do that is particularly noteworthy. Since her mast rises 295 feet (90 meters), it exceeds Panamax height. The sailing superyacht will therefore take the challenging route around Cape Horn in her travels.
Oceanco and Vitters state that the project has broken boundaries in terms of sailing-yacht complexity. Though they don’t provide specifics, they say Aquijo has a “unique steering system” developed by Vitters that will ensure she’ll handle as nimbly as a smaller sailing yacht. The yards also say that the helmsman will have immediate feedback from the steering system, since the hydrodynamic forces on the rudders will be conveyed directly to the twin helms on the flying bridge.
In terms of interior design, we’re told the atmosphere is modern, created by Dölker + Voges. The beam of nearly 49 feet (15 meters) should prove elbow-room friendly.