Unveiling of 65 metre project "Aquarius II"

It is a great compliment when owners value the experience of their yacht so highly that the only material change they want is to build a larger version, with exactly the same team. Yet that is the story behind the decision of the experienced husband and wife owners of the 56-meter world cruising ketch "Aquarius" to create a stunning new 65m / 212ft 'big sister', "Aquarius II" . The team comprises owners' project manager Godfrey Cray, Dykstra Naval Architects, interior designer Mark Whiteley Design and superyacht builder Royal Huisman.

The owners' brief retains a strong emphasis on performance. "Aquarius II" will feature a state-of-the-art carbon rig and integrated sail handling from Rondal, structured luff sails, and a retractable keel for optimal stability under racing conditions. "Aquarius" was first in class at her St. Barths Regatta debut in 2019 and will be showing her pace once again this March. Hence the comment "After all, I want to keep winning Bucket races!" from her owner.


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SY Perseverance finalist in Design and Innovation Awards 2022

We are proud to share that SY Perseverance is a finalist for the upcoming Design and Innovation Awards 2022 by Boat International. The 35.8 m sailing yacht Perseverance will be competing in the categories:

• Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yachts
• Outstanding Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts
• Best Interior Design Sailing Yachts
• Eco Award

Naval Architecture and Exterior Styling: Dykstra Naval Architects
Interior Design: deVosdeVries design
Builder: Baltic Yachts


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NEW 26 M World Cruising Ketch project

This 26 meter World Cruising Ketch is a new project underway, together with Rhoades Young Design and Owner's representatives MCM (Marine Construction Management Newport). The project team is developing an extremely capable 26 meter blue water cruising ketch for a very experienced couple who wish to venture to the far corners of the Planet.

Particular attention is being paid towards shorthanded and centralized sailing systems which will allow the owners to perform most sailing functions from the safety and comfort of the cockpit.

The Interior by Rhoades Young Design is to provide classic elegance and comfort for extended cruises both when at sea and anchored in secluded harbors.


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Newsletter Autumn 2021

UPDATE FROM DYKSTRA NAVAL ARCHITECTS Download your copy of the Newsletter HERE

Autumn 2021 edition featuring:
Design Award for Sea Eagle II - NEW 65-meter Performance Ketch - Recently launched Perseverance sailing - Hetairos up North - Dynarig Lotus - Velsheda wins in Porto Cervo - MY Bestevaer - Aquarius exploring the Med - Rainbow II Sloop under construction - SY Black Pearl - Clipper Stad Amsterdam in her home town.

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New 65 m Performance Ketch Signed

The joint team of Dykstra Naval Architects, Royal Huisman and Mark Whiteley Design is delighted to announce the newbuild agreement for an exciting 65 m / 212ft performance ketch rigged sailing yacht. We have enjoyed an inspirational period of concept design and development with the experienced owners' team, the interior designer and builder. An important time to get the project ready for the next big step: the start of construction. One of the main areas of focus for this ketch rigged sailing yacht is the performance optimization, to get her all geared up for the superyacht regatta circuit.

CEO Thys Nikkels: "A great team to be working with on this exciting project, we sure can't wait to see her racing The St Barths Bucket!"

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