This spectacular 85 meter Fast Cruising Ketch, is the world’s largest high-performance ketch and marks Vitters Shipyard’s and Oceanco’s first cooperative effort.
Throughout all stages of this custom project, the close collaboration meant that both Vitters and Oceanco brought in their highest level of experience, knowledge and capabilities in their individual areas of expertise to make this unique project a true combined success.
As experienced sailors, the owners’ brief called for a comfortable performing cruising yacht, suitable for long range world-wide sailing with long-time independence from shore. Three key elements defined the design and build process of the project: Safety, Comfort and Performance. Finding the right balance between these three different, and sometimes contradicting, requirements was the most challenging part of the project for all the members of the team.
“WHAT AN AMAZING DAY OF SAILING TODAY! AQUIJO REACHED 20.4 KNOTS. WE WILL RAISE A GLASS TO THE NAVAL ARCHITECT WHO MADE THIS MASTERPIECE POSSIBLE! YOU HAVE TO BE ON HER WHEN SHE IS UNDER FULL SAIL WITH WINDS OF 35 KNOTS AND ABOVE. TODAY, WE HAD THE STAYSAIL OUT, ONE REEF IN THE MAIN, AND TWO REEFS IN THE MIZZEN. WE ARE ALL EXHILARATED AND HAPPY.”
OWNERS OF AQUIJO
Designed by Tripp Design Naval Architecture, AQuiJo is a ground-breaking sailing super yacht that offers the comfort and space similar to a large motor yacht, but with unsurpassed sailing capabilities, similar to those found on high-performance, light weight racing yachts.
Ultimately, it is as a true sailing yacht that AQuiJo shines: Her rigs, sails, and systems are well controlled and versatile for a yacht of this size. She is easy to sail in 30+ knots of wind while not being intimidating – reefed down and on the staysail, she sails upwind as if on rails – yet she still exceeds wind speed in light air.
With an aerodynamically optimized superstructure that is designed to blur the boundaries between inside social spaces and outside deck areas, AQuiJo offers long clear sight lines throughout.
The sophisticated luxury interior, designed by Dölker + Voges, is executed in accordance to the highest possible quality standards. A separate Owners suite located on the aft side of the top deck features breathtaking 270 degree panoramic views and a large sliding door that opens to a private exterior deck which offers a separate bar, dining and lounging area.
The dining room and main salon are located on the main deck . The main salon is linked to the exterior aft deck by a bar that can be utilized from both inside and outside when the large sliding door system is opened. Also on the main deck is the Owners private salon as well as a library / office which can be converted into a hospital if required.
On the lower deck are 6 guest cabins, each with their own ensuite bathroom. Two guest cabins can be connected to each other to create a large suite with a separate living room and bedroom area. Also situated on the lower deck is the beach club which features a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna with open access via a large sliding door to a swimming platform providing a “beach feeling”. Crew accommodations forward provide space for up to 18 crew.
In AQuiJo, the overall level of integration between outstanding sailing performance, state-of-the-art technology and reliability, with exceptional space, comfort and luxury sets a new standard for sailing yachts.
AQuiJo is equipped with a unique steering system, developed by Vitters Shipyard, which provides direct feedback of the hydrodynamic forces of the water acting against the rudder blades to the fly-bridge steering wheels, improving both the sailing experience and the safety of the yacht. Despite her size, with this system AQuiJo steers like a much smaller yacht, making sure that you truly feel the joy of sailing. The feedback translates into a modified rim load to simulate the force on the rudder while sailing. This feedback system gives a feeling of rudder angle to the helmsman without looking at the screen.
A submarine anchor system offers both enhanced performance and aesthetics. With this system, it is possible to position the anchor and the chain as low as possible to improve performance. From an aesthetics standpoint, there are also no visible anchors and chains hanging on the side of the yacht thus enhancing the clean design. Each anchor is held in a pocket, located at the bottom of the hull. In order to reduce drag. The anchor has a closing plate at the bottom, closing off the opening so that it is flush with the hull.
AQuiJo’s 91-meter masts are two of the tallest masts in the world. She carries the largest Main, Jib and Code Sails (total sail area w/Code and Staysail: 5300 m²) In order to carry the highest sheet loads and biggest sheets ever found on a super yacht, new 40 ton winches were designed and developed. Her performance sail plan is set up to be safe, reliable and simple to handle.
AQuiJo pioneers new territory on multiple fronts; she is an astonishing sight to behold as she sets off to sail the world’s oceans.
Type: 85m Fast Cruising Ketch
Design: Bill Tripp
Interior Design: Dölker + Voges Design
Owner’s Representative: Master Yachts