Fontaine Design Group's world-cruising 41m classic ketch concept

Written by Saskia Henn

After nearly two decades of designing custom sailing yachts, Fontaine Design Group has revealed details about its latest project in the works: a 41-metre classic, world-cruising ketch concept. 

Fontaine Design Group Design No. 1174Photo: Fontaine Design GroupCreated with Mark Whiteley Design, who was involved in the construction of the potential client’s current yacht, the lifting keel ketch concept promises to be timeless. Her traditional design elements combine the functionality of a classic sailing yacht with the innovative features of a more modern vessel. The interior layout was drawn under the presumption that it will be Lloyds Class and LY3 compliant.

Fontaine Design Group Design No. 1174Photo: Fontaine Design GroupFontaine Design Group commented: “After establishing the class-compliant waterline length, crew quarters and forepeak collision bulkhead, we began to conceptualise the owners’ living spaces in the aft ship, keeping in mind that the salon and pilothouse were to be the split mezzanine-style layout similar to the client’s existing sailing yacht.”

Fontaine Design Group Design No. 1174Photo: Fontaine Design Group

Plans include accommodation for eight guests across four staterooms, including an owner's suite with ensuite facilities and a gym that can be converted into an office space. The ketch will also offer a library, lounge and dining area in the saloon. The cockpit provides an additional seating and dining space for guests and has direct access to the aft owner’s cabin. 

Fontaine Design Group Design No. 1174Photo: Fontaine Design Group

The 41-metre ketch also benefits from Fontaine Design Group’s innovations for creating vessels suited to competitive racing. This includes features to minimise hull drag, with a flush retractable bow, stern thrusters and flush retractable propulsion systems. The designer commented: “The retractable propulsion systems of today are developing to a point where these systems should be considered a normal installation in five years’ time.”  The light displacement hull form will also be outfitted with a lifting bulb keel with trim tab and twin rudders.

Another noteworthy feature of this vessel will be the adjustable hydraulically-activated dinghy lift and storage system. The entire aft deck will be able to move up and aft into the water to accept and launch the custom design 6.4-metre tender. Once the tender is launched, the platform can be used for easy access to and from the water.

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