Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle design naval architecture teamed up once more and unveiled a new design for a 93-metre fast, ketch performance sailing yacht, known as Ripple. The founders of Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle design naval architecture were previously colleagues at Ron Holland design studio back in 1999, where they worked together when the studio developed the largest ever composite built sloop, the 77.6-metre Mirabella V (M5). Now 19 years later, after studying the recent changes in the market, Van Geest and Rob Doyle took the feedback they received from numerous superyacht owners whom they designed for over the years and incorporated it into the new design.As more clients seek out sailing yachts with increased interior volume and more space on the deck for activities, the companies developed a design which offered a safe distance from the deck and sailing operations for guests and crew. For example, the new concept features a swing keel system in order not to take any space away from the internal volume when it is up, which also gives the sailing yacht more directional stability.
The sky deck offers 360-degree visibility and has been designed for easy circulation as there are no winches, blocs or sheer handling on sight. The sailing system is run by an automated, built-in process within the yacht’s structure, which allows the forward and aft decks to be free for gatherings. Van Geest Design also integrated lighting within the yacht’s architecture and rigging, which gives the sailing yacht a unique appearance at night. Other stand out features in the new design include direct beach access from the open transom, a seawater pool and hot tub, room for two 10-metre guest tenders in the well in the foredeck and fully customisable interiors.
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