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, 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.


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.

“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.

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