The 53.5 meter (176 ft) ketch Nirvana is well underway at the Vitters shipyard in Zwartsluis and should launch anytime soon. The exterior of the black hulled yacht is designed by Dubois Naval Architects and she is scheduled for delivery in the Autumn of 2007.
The yacht takes advantage of a large flybridge, but has an added, particularly interesting feature: a total draft of no more than 3 metres (9 feet). This has been achieved by developing a full-bodied hull form with generous beam, high ballast ratio and a pivoting centreboard to take the draft to 10 metres when fully deployed. This high aspect ratio foil gives efficient upwind performance while the combination of generous beam and high ballast ratio gives excellent stability.
The interior layout was worked up between Dubois Naval Architects and the interior designer, Josep Juanpere Miret of the architects office GCA in Barcelona. Nirvana will have a particularly exciting visual appeal both outboard and inboard.