Superyacht of the week: Royal Huisman's Kamaxitha

Early 2012, Royal Huisman delivered the remarkably elegant ketch Kamaxitha to her owners. With naval architecture designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and warm classic interiors from the drawing boards of Rhoades Young, this exquisite sailing yacht continues the Spirit of Tradition and has, since her launch, shown that she is both effortlessly capable of taking on the world's oceans as she is showing off her sleek figure along the Mediterranean coasts.

She has a distinct and regal silhouette that, with her strong axe bow and delicate counter stern, is instantly reminiscent of a classic pilot cutter while maintaining the elegant poise and sportiveness of a confident superyacht. With no portholes to interrupt the top sides, a traditional yet modern exterior was achieved that emphasises her contemporary spirit. A classic personality built for speed and comfort, Kamaxitha seamlessly combines traditional lines with an undeniable aptitude for top performance. In short, she is both a regal and classic recreational yacht and a true sailor's vessel, combined into one sleek, elegant and above all authentic package.

Kamaxitha's aim for performance should come as no surprise, being designed by the renowned Gerard Dykstra and Partners, who have the experience and expertise in creating classically designed, performance-driven sailing yachts that is arguably unrivalled in the industry. With a wonderfully open deck plan and graceful deckhouses, combined with a distinct modern hull shape, Kamaxitha easily blends the best of both worlds for sailing superyachts; performance and style. Such aims for high performance usually go hand in hand with smart material application. In Kamaxitha's case, this resulted in an Alustar hull and tall carbon spars that, combined with a canoe underbody, fully ballasted lifting keel and carbon spade rudder, shows her knack for maneuverability, flexibility, strength and exceptional handling.

Rhoades Young have designed interiors that show off an ambiance full of classic references and traditional craftsmanship. The result is an all-over classic interior style that is pleasing, warm and welcoming, a befitting design scheme for a superyacht of Kamaxitha's stature. Aside from being classic, her interiors are easygoing, boasting a mellow ambiance that is undeniably inviting.

If anything, Kamaxitha is a fine traditional vessel, something that will appeal to both sailing yacht enthusiasts and novices, proving her general appeal and hospitality. Her owner, being one of said enthusiasts, originally commissioned Dykstra and Huisman to develop and build a superyacht in the lines of tradition, yet meeting modern day demands for performance, handling and luxury. Rhoades Young took on a similar brief for the interiors, drawing up a style that reflects the ambiance of a classic era with an array of contemporary amenities and operational necessities. The result is inspiring, forming an instant contemporary classic with ample amounts of warm ambiance that welcomes guests onboard from the very first moment.

Kamaxitha's authenticity can be felt due to many exquisite details and features, ranging from traditional open bulwarks, clean open deck spaces, joinered skylights, deck planks parallel to the centreline and helm stations that can be lowered out of sight when not in use.

The main deckhouse and cockpit, covered by an elegant sun awning, form the social centre of the superyacht. The latter offers excellent vista views and is perfectly sheltered from the elements. The aft deckhouse, including an intimate and private cockpit, functions as an extension of the master suite.

Belowdecks in the main deckhouse, one enters a peaceful atmosphere that effortlessly shows off Rhoades Young's successful design scheme. Matt-finished mahogany joinery, classically curved furnishing and period-style lighting fixtures combine into a traditional, calm and well balanced whole. One finds a warm lounging space with ample of natural light, offering seating just inside of the main cockpit. From here, the main lower saloon, dining area and twin suite fore, and the twin, double and master suites that are located aft, form the main interior guest areas.

The main saloon and dining areas are based on a large, L-shaped port side lounge, the main starboard dining and a bar that simply oozes refined class. Lounge, bar and main dining comfortably seat a company of eight, which is also the size of company that can be luxuriously accommodated onboard as standard. However, several berths for extra guests are located throughout the vessel.

There is an incredibly spacious and warm ambiance in the main saloon, with the lounge area feeling like a truly gracious, classic mansion-style room and the bar offering just sheer elegance and hospitality.

As mentioned, Kamaxitha offers two twin cabins, one double suite and a lush master suite for guest accommodations. All staterooms are designed in Kamaxintha's signature classic style and fitted with a wide variety of modern amenities, such as underfloor heating in all en suites. All suites are spacious, light and boast a classic ambiance that soothes guests and makes them feel right at home.

The truly impressive master suite offers a spacious full beam stateroom, walk-in wardrobe and lush en suite with big tub and separate shower area. A few steps upwards aft, the stateroom is extended into a private lounge inside the aft deckhouse, offering wonderful panoramic views and superb privacy.

Leading outside, the owner's suite is completed with a private aft cockpit that turns these dwellings into lush and intimate quarters, offering an impeccably classic style blended with ample contemporary amenities.

All guest cabins benefit from natural light flowing in through deck skylights, perfectly framing the modest elegance of every room. On top of stylish design and lightness, considerable attention has been paid to achieving maximum flexibility. For instance, the aft twin suite offers an extra Pullman berth and optional mobile Pullmans available outside either of the aft guest suites, plus a sofa bed in the lower saloon. Impressively, the fore twin suite can be adjusted for wheelchair accessibility.

Kamaxitha is an exceptional sailing vessel, a true superyacht offering gracious classic style and modern luxury. From her sleek exterior lines to her warm, traditional interiors, she has an overall sense of luxury and class that gives guests a rich sense of welcome. She is a true maritime beauty, combing great style with exceptional performance, making her not only solidly designed but also impressively flexible, with regards to guest accommodation as well as performance.

Royal Huisman
+31 527 24 3131
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Rhoades Young Design
+44 (0)1590 688912
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Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects
+31 (0)20 6709533
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By Jochem Kaan, Photos by Cory Silken and Hans Westerink



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