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OCEAN’S SEVEN BY VRIPACK

Asian Lady

It’s 5.50 a.m. when Vripack team touch down in Hong Kong, before boarding the high-speed train into the city, and to the Ferry Terminal in Kowloon. The sweet aroma of congee easily outdoes that of our Starbucks coffees, which will be our last for the week once we sip our first cups of sublime Chinese tea. We then board a ferry that whizzes through the Pearl River Delta region all the way to Zhongshan, where we are warmly received at the Kingship shipyard.

These visits were by now a familiar routine, and the friendly greetings and smiling faces on both sides reflected the long and mutually appreciative relationship that had developed between the Dutch studio and the Chinese builders. Ocean’s Seven is the result of their fifth collaboration, and arguably their finest creating yet.

Vripack has a rich history of supporting greenfield start-ups with its holistic approach that encompasses design, naval architecture and engineering, but Ocean’s Seven is, in scale and complexity, the most challenging design the builders have ever brought to life.

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‘Ocean’s Seven features both naval architecture, beautiful exterior and elegant minimalist off-white interior by renowned Dutch design studio Vripack, combined with unparalleled long range.’

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Her towering flared bow, gently sweeping curved lines and perfectly balanced proportions conceal an interior that the Vripack designers refer to as ‘utterly uncompromising’. At first glance, the interior appears merely modest and uncluttered, with a pleasant combination of soft glossy with surfaces and pale tones. The deliberate avoidance of the usual design-related excesses is evident across the entire yacht. Cabinets eschew the usual multi radii, cared or metal embossed edges, ending instead in clean-lined, softly rounded and uniformly precise 3-millimetre gaps around every door and panel and cast the subtlest of shadows. The precision of these lines is such shat the tiniest deviation would catch the eye and ruin the atmosphere of poise and purity.

To avoid the coldness that sometimes undermines minimalism, white wooden surfaces are counterpointed with softly tactile fabric-covered doors and calfskin-clad furniture. The dominant pale tones are counterbalanced by a dark brown suede wall in the main salon. This wall is the unexpected element that balances the whole composition to render the interior calm.

The yacht showcases of Vripack’s ability to design beautifully understated spaces. The use of natural light was always evident, but the grace with which they employ it has become more and more refined. The ultimate goal remains the same, however: an yacht that makes its owners feel at home, whether cruising a long with the cool winds of the Nordic fjords or luxuriating in the warm breeze of the Fiji islands.

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‘Her towering flared bow, gently sweeping curved lines and perfectly balanced proportions conceal an interior that the Vripack designers refer to as ‘utterly uncompromising’.

TEAM VRIPACK

SPECIFICATIONS

Current name Ocean’s Seven
Type of vessel Gentleman’s Motor Yacht
Design number 5605
Year of built 2013
Length 41.90 m
Beam 8.40 m
Draft 2.53 m
Designer Vripack
Naval Architect Vripack
Structural Engineering Vripack
Mechanical Engineering Vripack
Interior Design Vripack
Interior Engineering Vripack
Builder Kingship
Hull type Round Bilge
Material Steel / Aluminum
Classification LMC, MCA Compliant, Lloyds registered
Engine 2x Caterpillar C32 ACERT (A-Rating)
Speed (cruising/max) 13 / 13 kts
Fuel capacity 57,800 ltrs
Fresh water capacity  10,800 ltrs
Grey / black water capacity 10,800 ltrs
Owner & Guest 10 persons
Crew 9 persons