“Kingship Marine has called in some top names to lead the design. For the naval architecture they have retained Incat Crowther, who have designed more task-specific multihull designs than anyone else, anywhere, and (as this is not an oilfield work-boat, but a svelte and sexy superyacht) they have appointed the designers at Vripack, the people behind some of the best ideas in cruising superyachts anywhere in the world.”
For the second round of the BOAT International Online Design Challenge, four studios were tasked with designing a sailing yacht concept. In a twist, designers were asked to incorporate the band Guns N’ Roses into the design. Vripack named their winning concept ‘Sweet Child’ after the Guns N’ Roses hit Sweet Child O’ Mine which provided the soundtrack to their sketching.
Dutch firm VriPack has completed a staggering 7,400 projects – and counting – including yachts such as the explorer Nordhavn 148, the 55 metre Al Waab II and the 52 metre Latitude. In this exclusive Tell It In Ten interview, co-directors Bart Bouwhuis and Marnix Hoekstra share their journey to success – from early morning phone calls to a yacht with whiskey in the keel, to a clever hack that helps improve any design. The hardest part? Working with each other…
Could solar power be a game changer for sustainable yachting?
“We took what we learned from the racing scene, and implemented it into yacht design,” says co-creative director Marnix Hoekstra. “Sustainability has to be tackled as a design challenge. It’s not enough to just harness this technology and use the innovation, it needs to be beautiful as well.”
Mega Yacht News podcast
Podcast with Joost Mertens, fleet manager for the well-known Dutch naval architecture and design studio Vripack. As Vripack’s fleet manager, Mertens is in constant contact with not just captains, but also owners of megayachts bearing the studio’s naval architecture and engineering expertise. This way, he gets first-hand feedback from them on how their yachts are performing.
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