55 Metre ketch unveiled by Reichel/Pugh
Following this week's news on the 35 metre Protos project, Reichel/Pugh has also revealed information on a new 55 metre Ketch Concept, a bold addition to the Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design studio’s latest line of proposals. The concept offers a combination of the aesthetic grace of the past with state of the art construction technologies to give birth to the superyacht of the future.
Elegant teak decks with traditional styled deck fittings and a twin island configuration are combined with a modern sheerline and plumb bow. The recessed lounge areas behind each island are protected by a continuous coaming surrounding the elegant sitting and dining arrangements. The transom is also traditionally styled with a large overhang. The continuous bulwark around the deck complements the traditional styling of the deck and provides safety while racing and privacy while anchored. Luxurious interiors and comfortable yet functional deck arrangements complement this proposal for a yacht that is visually stunning and will provide its future owners with unparalleled performance.
The powerful, yet versatile, ketch sailplan with swept back spreaders provides control without compromising the total sail area and fuses a classic concept with modern technology. The masts are to be built from high modulus carbon and be optimized for stiffness and weight savings and will incorporate all the latest advancements in rigging and mast building technologies with rigging fittings, mast and spreader sections designed to minimize weight and windage. A sprit will provide a traditional aesthetic to the yacht with geometry that blends with the sheerline and deck camber curves and allows for ease of handling of large topmast asymmetrical spinnakers for fast reaching and running performance.
The design of the yacht’s hull and appendages are driven by performance with the volume for a modern and luxurious interior. The rudder shape and foil sections are the development of the company’s latest research and the steering system is optimized to provide the helmsman with full control and ease of steering under all points of sail and weather conditions. The lifting keel allows the yacht to be docked in shallower marinas while providing increased stability when fully extended for racing and cruising. The keel foil section and bulb shapes are also developments of the company’s continuous research and refinement of geometries from the proven experience that Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design has in the design and construction of performance cruising yachts over 100’ with fixed, lifting and canting keels and the continuous feedback that the company receives from the owner’s captains & crews of the yachts that have successfully sailed and raced all around the world. The shapes are always focusing on performance and speed without compromising control.
With a structure designed to meet all the latest requirements for offshore racing and cruising and built using to the latest advancements in building techniques and materials the yacht will provide the owner with many years of service and will become the standard of quality and performance against which the next generations of superyachts will be compared.