A custom built aluminum glass bottom boat designed Jacques Rougerie for research scientist Jacques Cousteau.
The vessel was used by a French broadcasting company before it arrived in Bonaire to be used as a research and tourist reef tour boat in the North of the Caribbean
It has a 280 hp 6 cylinder Volvo Penta engine
Vetus 7 Kwa generator
12.000 BTU air conditioning system
The boat is used for reef tours in Bonaire. Please review the pictures and return us your questions. The vessel is owned by a local Bonaire company with liscences and cruise contract. Garanteed revenue for the next 2 years.
Navigation area, galley, salon in the central floater.
Two cabins with double bed in the starboard floater
One cabin and head on the port side.
From the salon you enter the glass bottom area with a magnificent view on both sides.
24 Volt onboard system
220 Volt shore power system
5 *12 volt 240 Amp deep cycle batteries
Air marine wind generator
Vetus 7 Kwa generator
VHF Icom radio
Icom DC Converter
24 Volt Power Inverter 3500 Watt
Raymarine radar, needs to be tested
12.000 BTU home air conditioning system in the glass bottom area.
Custom built rigging
Profurl head sail, genoa
The Aquaspace has a rich history. She was designed in 1978 by Jacques Rougerie and built in 1982 , who worked closely together with Jacques Cousteau. The boat originally served as a Centre of Marine Biology Studies and in that capacity did research into underwater wildlife including turtles and dolphins.
Over a period of seven years, Cousteau and Rougerie worked together on three projects, and on three islands/island groups in the North of the Caribbean Sea: the Bahamas, Martinique and the Turks and Caigos Islands.
Aquaspace owes its unique appearance to Jacques Rougerie, a French architect. Over the past thirty years, Rougerie has designed a number of spectacular, futuristic objects, including boats, airports and office buildings. Many of his designs are inspired by his obsession with the ocean. ‘The oceans’, says Rougerie, ‘are a source of extraordinarily rich biodiversity, of a magnitude that we can’t even quite fathom yet. We have to treat our oceans with care, as we could be in desperate need of them in the very near future.’
In 1989, Rougerie was forced to sell the Aquaspace and, in 1995, after several changes of ownership, she was bought by a Dutchman. This Dutchman brought the Aquaspace to Bonaire where he ran sailing and snorkelling trips, similar to what the Aquaspace does now. In 2007. The current owner of the Aquaspace started to captain the boat in 2009 and took over ownership in October 2010.