May 31, 2024

Project Thunderball on the move!


As the project name suggests, Thunderball is a bold 70m full-custom superyacht worthy of adventure. Whether inspired by the cruising grounds of the eponymous Bahamian grotto or taking its Vripack-design lead from the sophisticated Bond film, there is no denying that Project Thunderball is a “smooth operator” with a svelte, low profile devised for efficient and comfortable cruising with convenient manoeuvring.

Project Thunderball unites the experience and know-how of three leaders in their fields for the first time. The elegant exterior and naval architecture is by Vripack and features a highly optimised hull design, an elongated bow and a slick, refined profile with a classic edge. The interior, which takes its inspiration from the sea, hails from Nauta Design and enjoys geometric shapes and layers that echo the exterior. The Italian shipyard CRN is carrying out the build.

The 1,100 GT steel and aluminium yacht will have five decks, an 11m beam and accommodation for 12 guests and 15 crew.

“We are delighted to put our distinctive Dutch mark on this exciting new build, for an owner who is a highly experienced yachtsman and knows exactly what he wants,” says Marnix Hoekstra, co-creative director of Vripack. “Our focus was on delivering a design that guarantees highly economical cruising and a soft and comfortable ride, all of which is made possible by our most efficient hull lines to date and our sailing experience.”

The yacht was sold by Y.CO in August 2022 and entered construction in early 2023 after starting life as preliminary sketches in 2018. Y.CO continues to play a key role as Owner’s representative and project management team.

Project Thunderball is scheduled to deliver in 2026.