Photos by Rick Tomlinson (Sailing), Nicolas Claris (Interior)
Following on from the success of their previous fast cruisers, Vitters launched the Dubois Naval Architects-designed, 44.70 metre sloop Lady B. Combining exceptionally high performance with superlative comfort without compromising onboard luxury, the vessel was provided by Vitters with high quality technical equipment and a wide range of innovations without compromising on premium standards of onboard luxury.
Lady B’s design achieved an excellent blend of naval architecture and ergonomics, combining optimal speed, state-of-the-art technology and stylish design. Being constructed in aluminium and having a carbon mast, her slim, single-level profile reduces windage and keeps her weight low.
To enhance performance even more, she was equipped with PBO standing rigging and her compact lifting keel system generates a variable draught from a minimum of four metres to a maximum depth of six metres, giving Lady B excellent speed.
A clean and fresh athmosphere, emphasising open space and light, was accomplished by Roades Young’s intertior design, offering an exceptional feeling of space below decks. This concept is notably visible is Lady B’s vast split-level salons and dining area, offering a luscious flood of natural sunlight through her large upper salon windows.
Across oiled teak steps and through sliding glass doors, one is guided into the expansive forward cockpit area with fixed bimini shades. The vessel offers comfortable elegance in both her interior and exterior design and functionality.
Lady B features twin cockpits, either allowing access to the upper salon from the main cockpit or offering more private accessibility to the owner’s area from the aft cockpit where a full beam owner’s stateroom combines a generous split level cabin with lounging area and large bathroom.
Two guest cabins can be used either in twin or double configurations and the owner’s study offers possibilities of transforming into a third guest cabin with the use of sliding walls. Spacious crew quarters are located further forward and feature a galley of commercial specifications, comfortable crew mess and up to six berths. Interior design and layout demonstrates how Vitters has taken into account Lady B’s particular use and the owner’s comfort requirements.
Sailing performance being a key factor in the design brief, Lady B’s design features a towering high aspect-aspect rig, a lifting keel and 240-tonnes displacement. Leader in carbon composite engineering and production GMT Composites developed and extraordinary rudder. GMT has a distinguished record in being a reliable source for structural components and boarding systems.