There's a good reason why most AQ trips are run full-time aboard sailing yachts... It's a core component of any AQ experience.
Beyond the fun, living and learning aboard a yacht offers a perfect environment to develop leadership and communication skills, as there is nothing contrived about teamwork when working together as part of a tight-knit crew. Presented in this section is a range of yachts that we typically use during the summer. Click on the links learn more.
Length Overall: 52ft
AQ uses Beneteau 51.5s for all sailing focused programs in the Caribbean and Tahiti.
Staff & Crew Compliment: 3 & 12
The Beneteau 51.5 features a powerful mainsail and a short overlapping roller-furling genoa, a spread of sail totaling 1,184 square feet, more than enough to deliver superlative performance. Select yachts also include an electric winch for the main halyard. All sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit for safety and convenience, and the dual helm stations provide superb visibility. The full electronics package includes a color chartplotter, autopilot, and a DSC VHF radio. Most yachts may include digital wind direction and speed indicators. The cockpit is fitted with a large drop leaf table and a bimini.
Below-deck accommodations include a spacious U-shaped saloon with a dining table that is converted to a double berth at night. There's also a stereo/CD player. The fore-and-aft galley to port has all features and lots of counter space and storage. This yacht has two refrigerators, and most boats are equipped with a generator and air conditioners. There's a forward-facing chart table aft of the saloon, and two double staterooms with changing areas, hanging lockers, and en suite toilets and showers. Forward are two similarly well-appointed double cabins. There's also a single cabin forward with a head. Access is via a hatch. Opening ports and hatches provide excellent ventilation throughout the yacht.
- Designer: Berret-Racoupeau
- Builder: Beneteau
- Length Overall: 52 ft
- Beam: 16 ft.
- Draft: 6.6 ft
- Displacement: 30,142lbs
- Sail Area: 1184 Sq. ft
- Hull Material: Fiberglass
Robertson & Caine 4600expand
Length Overall: 46ft
AQ uses the 4600 for some advanced scuba programs in the British Virgin Islands.
Staff & Crew Compliment: 3 & 13
The Robertson and Caine 4600 catamaran is a true blue-water cruiser featuring a self-stacking mainsail with integral sail cover, roller-furling genoa, and twin 55 hp diesel engines. An electric windlass with handheld remote makes anchoring easy. The raised helm station is at the forward end of the spacious cockpit and above the cockpit's hardtop roof, providing 360 degrees of visibility. A hardtop bimini shades the helm. The cockpit has walk-through access to the swim platforms, a full electronics package that includes a color chartplotter and autopilot, stereo/CD player speakers, a large table, and lots of seating. A wide door opens to the saloon.
The saloon features a U-shaped settee and a large dining table that converts to a large berth at night. There's also a flat screen TV/DVD player. The galley has all amenities and plenty of counter space. The galley includes a 2 door front-opening fridge/freezer. The yacht has four double staterooms with dressing areas and en suite electric heads and separate shower stalls, and forward in each hull are single berths. There is ample storage space throughout. Three separate air-conditioning units keep the cabins cool and comfortable, and numerous opening ports and hatches provide superior ventilation. The yacht is equipped with a powerful generator.
- Designer: Morrelli and Melvin
- Builder: Robertson and Caine
- Length Overall: 46.4 ft
- Beam: 25 ft.
- Draft: 4.6 ft
- Displacement: 22,067lbs
- Sail Area: 1442 Sq. ft
- Hull Material: Fiberglass
Length Overall: 112ft
AQ uses S/Y Argo for transatlantic. and transpacific voyages.
Staff & Crew Compliment: 7 & 26
Completed in 2006, S/Y Argo is a 112-ft two-masted staysail schooner built to comfortably accommodate 26 student shipmates and 7 professional staff on the most challenging of ocean voyages. Certified by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a Category "Zero" vessel, she is allowed unrestricted operation in all of the world's oceans.
Safe, capable and as splendid a sailing yacht as there is traversing the seas; Argo was designed to the most exacting of standards in collaboration with the renowned Newport Rhode Island firm, Langan Design Associates.
- Designer: Langan Design and Associates
- Builder: Marsun Shipyards
- Length Overall (Sparred): 112 ft
- Length Overall (Unsparred): 101 ft
- Length On Deck: 94 ft
- Beam: 25 ft
- Draft: 10.1 ft
- Displacement: 148 Tons
- Height of Main Mast: 103 ft
- Sail Area: 4700 Sq. ft
- Hull Material: Steel
- Main Engine: Caterpillar 3126 (425hp)
- Generators: 2 x Northern Lights 25kw
- Hydraulic System: TRAC American Bow Thruster
- Dive Compressor: Bauer Mariner 8.4 CFM
- Air Conditioning: Marine Airr
- Water Maker: Sea R.O. 1200 gallons per day
- Refrigeration: Seafrost BG 1000
- Anchor handling: 2 x Maxwell VWC 8000
- Tenders: 2 x Avon SR4.0m (50hp and 30hp)
- Communication: Iridium Phone/Data Service, Cellular Phone, SSB, VHF