The science of safety and performance
It goes without saying that our naval architects are a crucial component of the studio’s holistic approach. At their disposal, besides their expertise, experience and the pooled knowledge of the entire team, is a vast library of over 7,000 Vripack projects. This library contains every piece of data on each one of the studio’s boats. Our naval architects are involved in the design process from initial briefing right through to final sea trial, and beyond. They are responsible for internally monitoring the vessel’s structure, performance, regulatory compliance and shipyard requirements.
NAVAL ARCHITECT EXPERTS
Right after the first sketch, our naval architects will spend several hundred hours on a yacht project. We run multiple versions of highly complex calculations. We use state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics software to optimise every inch of the hull for underwater flow. From these calculations we form the lines plans, as the drawings are more commonly known. These are the lines that ultimately determine a yacht’s performance. Our approach may be holistic, but our degree of precision is exact.
This level of precision enables our architects to determine the precise weight distribution required for the boat to rock from port to starboard with the regularity of a pendulum. It underpins our reputation for delivering comfort at sea. They apply the same exactitude when lofting the hull, which allows them to keep the fore-and-aft curvature just sharp enough to ensure a slow pitch as the yacht parts the waves.