Sailing around the Greek Islands this summer, Aquijo was out in 35 to 40 knots of breeze and hit 20.4 knots, cruising at an average of 19. [ video ]
Aquijo was built at Oceanco’s much larger facility at Alblasserdam, which enjoys direct access to the sea, but the teams worked closely together. At times it was a precarious balance to keep the demands of a sailing yacht in check: the loads are immense.
“The hull is high-tensile steel,” says Tripp. “The loading of the boat is as much about bending stiffness as it is about the strength.” Aquijo’s fully optimised, lightweight hull construction is capable of withstanding forces from the mast and rig loads as well as the 11.6 metre keel in the worst-case scenario, a knockdown.
Weight was critical for optimised sailing performance and righting moment, requiring tight weight management and control throughout the whole design, engineering and build process.
Aquijo is crammed with innovations to enhance sailing performance based on her massive size: custom 40 tonne winches with adjustable line speed allow sail handling in varying wind conditions; a unique submarine anchor system, with two anchor weights set in optimised locations to improve seakeeping.
“Sailboats and a view from the inside don’t normally go together, but when you — electrically — open the big curtains and blinds and find yourself surrounded by that glistening and gleaming sea, that is when you absorb the feeling of the freedom of the sea. And from the guest cabins, you also have a stunning view overlooking the sea,”
Stainless steel is employed both practically and artfully on board Aquijo. Take the handrails, discreet but easily grasped in a sea state, and the mizzen mast cladding in the middle of the lower deck guest corridor, which adds interest and reflects light.
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