Naval Architecture

Our reputation is built upon the impeccable quality of our accomplished, seaworthy yachts

It is impossible to overstate the importance of naval architecture within yacht design. Naval Architecture is the science behind a boat’s safety and performance. It informs all major design and engineering decisions. Everything from stability at sea and the position of the engines to fuel capacity and the size of the rudders forms part of an integrally connected system. And that system owes its performance to our design studio’s award-winning naval architects.

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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 is a vast library of over 7,400 Vripack projects. Next to their expertise, experience, and the pooled knowledge of the entire team. 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 the initial briefing right through to the final sea trial, and beyond. They are responsible for internally monitoring the vessel’s structure, performance, regulatory compliance, and shipyard requirements.


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 optimize 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.

“Turmoil steers remarkably well in bad weather and has a range of more than 7,000 miles, which is quite unusual for a boat this size”

MR. B. HARRISON, Former captain of Turmoil (now Pioneer) and the first who ever crossed the Northwest-Passage in a superyacht, a 100% Vripack design.

“M/Y Felix was refit under the direction of Vripack’s Design, Naval Architecture, and Engineering teams to the highest quality and accuracy. At sea, she is a solid, stable, and efficient yacht that maintains an accurate track as she cuts through heavy seas with ease. I class M/Y Felix as one of the best sea-going vessels I have commanded".


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